FOXBOROUGH -- Appearing in a Nebraska courtroom for the second time in two days, Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard pleaded no contest Friday to refusing a chemical test, with prosecutors dropping charges of driving under the influence, according to the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star.
The newspaper reported that Dennard had his driver's license revoked for 60 days, was fined $500, and was given probation to run concurrent with an earlier conviction for felony assault, which was modified Thursday.FULL ENTRY
FOXBOROUGH -- Ten Patriots have been designated as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns -- including five players in the defensive secondary -- and wide receiver Aaron Dobson and offensive lineman Marcus Cannon have been declared out.
Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, who has missed practice each of the past two days while tending to legal matters in Nebraska, is listed as questionable with a knee injury.FULL ENTRY
FOXBOROUGH -- Now with three practices under his belt after re-signing with the Patriots Wednesday, receiver Austin Collie said he's healthy and thrilled to be back with the team.
"I was crossing my fingers, because I love it here. It’s a great team, great organization, great coaching staff," Collie said Friday, after the team's final practice of the week before facing Cleveland Sunday at Gillette Stadium. "It's awesome."FULL ENTRY
FOXBOROUGH -- Fridays in Foxborough can bring a wide range of topics at a Bill Belichick press conference, because many of the specific game angles for that week's opponent -- in this case, the Cleveland Browns -- have already been discussed and dissected at length.
So Belichick responded to a number of questions. Here were a few exchanges.FULL ENTRY
FOXBOROUGH -- Running back Brandon Bolden joined three others who were not spotted at Patriots practice on Friday, which is being held on the lower grass field behind Gillette Stadium as a light drizzle falls.
Bolden hasn't been on the injury report this week, but has spent time on it earlier this season with a knee injury.
The other three absences were expected. Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has a court date on Friday in Nebraska, while offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (ankle) and receiver Aaron Dobson (foot) are dealing with injuries and haven't practiced all week.
FOXBOROUGH -- Linebacker Brandon Spikes returned to Patriots practice Thursday, and was listed as limited with a knee injury. He had missed Wednesday's workout because of a non-injury-related reason.
Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard missed practice because he was attending to a legal matter in a Nebraska courtroom. Only two Patriots were absent because of injury: offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (ankle) and wide receiver Aaron Dobson (foot).
According to the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star, which had a reporter in the courtroom, Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard had his probation modified Thursday, but the 30 days added to his jail sentence won't change the date on which he's scheduled to begin serving the time, which is after the football season.
FOXBOROUGH -- Shane Vereen said after practice Thursday that he still supports and has confidence in fellow running back Stevan Ridley, who sat out last Sunday's win at Houston after losing fumbles in each of the Patriots' three previous games.
FOXBOROUGH -- Eight days after being signed and three days after he made his Patriots debut, tight end D.J. Williams was waived by the club, according to the NFL transactions wire.
Williams played a limited number of snaps against the Texans and did not have a pass thrown his way. He spoke to the media after Wednesday's practice, with no hint that his time with the team was about to end.
Another tight end, Michael Hoomanawanui, was back at practice, giving the Patriots four tight ends on the field, along with Rob Gronkowski and Matt Mulligan. According to the team's depth chart, Williams was fourth among that group.FULL ENTRY
FOXBOROUGH -- Linebacker Brandon Spikes did not participate in Wednesday's practice, but his absence was not related to an injury, according to the Patriots' participation/injury report. Offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (ankle) and receiver Aaron Dobson (foot) were the other two Patriots not at practice.
Nine players were limited, including receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, who left Sunday's game with a hip injury.FULL ENTRY
FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots practiced for the first time Wednesday in preparation for Sunday's home game against the Cleveland Browns, and a handful of players made themselves available to the media following the workout.FULL ENTRY
For the second straight week, the Patriots (9-3) rallied from a halftime defect and needed a game-winning kick from Stephen Gostkowski to seal the victories. Quarterback Tom Brady hopes that scenario doesn't repeat it self against the Cleveland Browns (4-8) this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.FULL ENTRY
Who starts at quarterback for the Browns on Sunday at Gillette Stadium? That's anybody's guess. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski, speaking on a teleconference Wednesday morning, called it "a fluid situation."FULL ENTRY
FOXBOROUGH – LB Brandon Spikes, WR Aaron Dobson and OL Marcus Cannon were not present for the media-access portion of Patriots practice on Wednesday, colleague Michael Whitmer reports.FULL ENTRY
FOXBOROUGH – Patriots coach Bill Belichick was in a good mood during his Wednesday morning press conference, so much so that he took an out-on-nowhere swipe at his personal and professional nemesis, the Jets.FULL ENTRY
The Patriots have an opportunity to clinch the AFC East outright for the fifth straight season, and 10th time in the past 11 years, by beating the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium Sunday, combined with a Dolphins loss at Pittsburgh.FULL ENTRY
On Monday morning, it was Bill Belichick who had no answer, as the head coach kept tight-lipped when asked about Texans’ defensive end Antonio Smith’s claims that the Patriots’ timely second-half adjustments were suspicious.
HOUSTON – The Patriots snapped a three-game road losing streak, which is probably the most notable side accomplishment for a team that just clinched its 13th straight winning season.
Beating the Houston Texans (2-10) certified New England's status as a team with no quit. They outscored their opponents 27-14 in the second half to win 34-31 at Reliant Stadium in Houston. That's two weeks with come-from-behind wins. The networks must love the Patriots.
As usual, there were a number of interesting tidbits from the game. Here are some that I thought were most noteworthy.