Morning sports update: Devin McCourty isn’t sure about his future in football

Also: Wade Phillips's joking strategy about how to deal with Tom Brady, a Jarrod Saltalamacchia highlight, and more.

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Patriots safety Devin McCourty at the team's Super Bowl send-off rally before heading to Atlanta. –Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

The Celtics defeated the Nets on Monday night, 112-104. Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown led the team in scoring with 21 points each.

Also on Monday, the Patriots and Rams endured “Opening Night” as part of Super Bowl week in Atlanta. Each team handled the barrage of questions, producing comparatively little in notable soundbites.

Devin McCourty unsure about his football future: One of the actually interesting answers to a question from “Opening Night” came from 31-year-old Patriots safety Devin McCourty.

McCourty is preparing to play in his fifth Super Bowl since entering the league in 2010. In fact, McCourty has only not played in the AFC Championship once (as a rookie). Given his impressive record of accomplishments, it begs the question of what’s left for one of the Patriots’ defensive leaders.


According to McCourty, Super Bowl LIII might prove to be the absolute mountaintop, especially in terms of playing with his brother, Jason. When asked if he was considering retirement by Deion Sanders, McCourty gave an open-ended answer.

“I don’t know for sure, man, but I do look at it if we can win this game, win it with my brother, I don’t know what else I could do that would top that,” McCourty explained. “I’m just trying to make sure I enjoy this season, and enjoy these last couple days with these guys.”

McCourty has one year remaining on his current contract, though all of the guaranteed money came in the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

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