NEWSWIRE: Vikings Bring in Former Patriot

The Vikings bring in former Patriots Linebacker this week for a workout.



Less than a week before the Vikings face the Patriots, Minnesota brought in former New England linebacker Steve Beauharnais for a workout on Tuesday. First reported by Art Stapleton of The Record, both teams are known for bringing in former players from opponent teams before a matchup.

Drafted in the seventh round in 2013, Bearharnais was let go by the team on August 30 in the final round of roster cuts.

Post Loss Practice has Perfect Attendance

Wednesday marked the first team practice since the 33-20 loss against the Dolphins with all players in attendance for the team’s weekly practice. Defensive tackle Chris Jones and defensive tackle Micheal Buchanan returned after missing last week due to ankle injuries. Center Ryan Wendall was moved to second-team unit, however, Dan Connolly, Marcus Cannon, Jordan Devey, Nate Solder and Sebastian Volmer remained as starting offensive lineman despite last weekend’s troubles.

Mayo Hosts Bowling Tournament

Patriots Linebacker Jerrod Mayo took over Boston’s King Dedham bowling alley for his fifth annual Mayo Bowl on Monday night to benefit the Boston Medical Center. Teammates came out in full force to support the cause including Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork, Devin McCourty and Tedy Bruschi.

“He’s raised a lot of money and you know what, that just goes to show the type of heart he has for people,” Wilfork told reporters on Monday.

The tournament raised over $300,000 to help support families needing medical assistance in the Boston area. Even off the field, the players’ competitive nature were still apparent as Bruschi and McCourty battled for the top spot.

Player Changes Still Happening for the Practice Squad

The Patriots continue roster changes to the teams’ practice squad, announcing the signing of defensive end Cameron Henderson as well as the waiving of quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson on Tuesday.

Henderson was first picked up by the Falcons as a rookie free agent in 2013 before being released by the team in April of the same year. The Central Florida player then spent some time with the Browns practice squad until he was let go on August 25, 2014.

26-year-old Bethel-Thompson is familiar to Patriots cuts, already cut by New England once on September 3, 2014 before being re-signed the following day. The quarterback has been in the league for three years spending time with Miami, Minnesota and San Francisco before being signed to the Patriots on September 1st.

New England Presenting Fashion Event for Fans

While New England’s opener at Gillette Stadium is sure to be filled with plenty of testosterone, the Patriots are looking to indulge their female audience as well. Hosted by Vince Wilfork’s wife Bianca, New England will host a Style Lounge on September 20 and 21 in Foxboro which will be open to the public. The pop-up fashion shop will feature the latest and greatest Patriots clothing and accessories along with a chance to meet team cheerleaders, gain football fashion tips and complimentary team-inspired manicures. NFL Style Lounges have been used throughout stadiums since 2011, however, this will be the first time for the Patriots.

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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