NEWSWIRE: Brady Ready!
Brady’s Injury Not Serious (NESN)
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady frightened fans when he missed practice on Thursday due to a calf injury. This is the first practice the star quarterback has missed all season. While he took the day to rest his leg, Brady did not stop preparing for the team’s week one matchup against the Dolphins.
“Physically, I had the day off, but I got a lot of extra film in, I got a lot of mental reps in —in walk throughs and such. I’ll be ready to go Sunday,” Brady told Westwood One’s Jim Gray Thursday night.
Brady would not discuss details of the injury, however, did mention that he hopes to be ready to go when game day comes around.
“Anything can happen to anybody between now and then. But I’m looking forward to playing on Sunday,” explained the long-time Patriot.
New England will start the season off with a divisional matchup against Miami on Sunday afternoon.
Aiken Happy to be Back (CSSNE)
Long snapper Danny Aiken was resigned by the Patriots on Thursday after being released during roster cuts last weekend. The sole long snapper on the roster before cuts were made, Aikens has been with the team for three seasons.
After Aiken’s release, the Patriots moved Charley Hughlett in the role for the better half of the week. Hughlett was released by the team on Wednesday, bringing Aiken back for practice on Thursday. The snapper would not mention whether or not he was taken aback by the move, only that he is focusing on the task at hand.
“That’s in the past. Now we’re moving on,” said Aiken. “Now we’re working hard as a team to get back together and focused on the task at hand, and just work…Glad to have the opportunity to come back. Now we’re focused on Miami and taking it day by day.
If needed, defensive end Rob Ninkovich could fill in the role of long snapper. Ninkovich started his career as a snapper before moving to a defensive role.
Jones and Buchanan Won’t Play Season Opener (Providence Journal)
Defensive tackle Chris Jones and defensive end Michael Buchanan have both been ruled out for New England’s season opener against the Dolphins on Sunday. Both defensive players have been listed with ankle injuries obtained during preseason games. Jones suffered his injury against the Redskins while Buchanan was injured in last weeks preseason finale against the Jets. Other notable players listed as questionable include Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Sealver Siligia, however all three are expected to play.
Former Patriots Turns to the News (Boston)
Veteran wide receiver Donte Stallworth, who spent the better part of 2007 and again in 2012 with New England, has announced his newest post-NFL career plans. Stallworth has joined the Huffington Post team to cover news of national security. The receiver spent his ten career working with six different teams until he was finally released by the Redskins in 2013. Even though his career began to decline, Stallworth gained notoriety with his opinionated political thoughts posted on social media. While many are weary of his journalistic performance, Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post feels differently.
“He’s the real thing. But that’s the beauty of journalism, we do it in public,” Grim explained. “You can judge for yourself.”
Newswire assembled by Patriots Insider contributor AnneMarie Blanco (Ablanco on the forums). Look for more updates from AnneMarie here at Patriots Insider.
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