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Aug 18, 2017
Rob Gronkowski plays in preseason game for first time since 2012

Rob Gronkowski plays in preseason game for first time since 2012

HOUSTON – The Gronk rules are out.Tight end Rob Gronkowski played in a preseason game Saturday night for the first time in five years, which was even more surprising because the word this week was that he’d remain out of the lineup against the Texans at NRG Stadium. Gronk’s last preseason action was in 2012.Tom Brady and many healthy starters made their preseason debuts after virtually every prominent veteran was sidelined for the opener against the Jaguars. So it appeared the Patriots wanted Gronkowski to get up to game speed with the starting group.
Aug 18, 2017

Live: Good afternoon from Houston

HOUSTON -- The Patriots have returned to the scene of the crime, some six months after they beat the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. There aren't any trophies on the line tonight -- not that we know of anyway -- as the Patriots and Texans square off in their second preseason game here at NRG Stadium.Tom Brady and many other starters are expected to make their preseason debuts tonight, which we reported yesterday. However, the plan is for Rob Gronkowski to sit out again, which is standard operating procedure. Gronk hasn't played a preseason game in years.
Aug 18, 2017
Rex Burkhead stands out despite Patriots' preseason loss in Houston

Rex Burkhead stands out despite Patriots' preseason loss in Houston

   HOUSTON – Tom Brady’s heavy hitters aren’t always the ones who inflict the most harm.        The Patriots again proved that Saturday night in a 27-23 loss to the Texans at NRG Stadium, as running back Rex Burkhead capped Brady’s second series with an impressive 22-yard touchdown reception that tied the game in the second quarter.
Aug 17, 2017
Source: Tom Brady, many Patriots starters expected to play vs. Texans

Source: Tom Brady, many Patriots starters expected to play vs. Texans

HOUSTON -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and many key starters are expected to make their preseason debuts tomorrow night against the Texans, according to a source.Last week's inactive list against the Jaguars doubled as a "who's who" of Patriots contributors, so this will mark the first opportunity to watch Brady in action alongside the prominent members of the reigning Super Bowl champions. Coincidentally, the game will be held in Houston where the Patriots won Super Bowl LI in February.
Aug 17, 2017
Source: Derek Rivers tore ACL; initial tests indicated a sprain

Source: Derek Rivers tore ACL; initial tests indicated a sprain

HOUSTON – The Patriots have suffered their first significant injury of the 2017 season.Rookie defensive end Derek Rivers, their top pick from April’s draft, tore the ACL in his left knee during Wednesday’s joint practice with the Texans, according to a source. Rivers returned to New England to conduct an MRI yesterday, when the tests revealed the extent of the season-ending injury.
Aug 15, 2017
Bill Belichick's famous coaching friends praise the Hoodie

Bill Belichick's famous coaching friends praise the Hoodie

Bill Belichick welcomed a few more famous coaching guests to today’s practice. Taking in the joint practice with the Texans were longtime MLB manager Tony LaRussa, now a consultant with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and former Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean.Cracked Belichick: “Yeah, we brought in a couple of big righties from the bullpen that can really throw hard and close it.”Belichick has been longtime friends with both men. And of course, he’s always willing to learn something new.
Aug 15, 2017
Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson chats up Tom Brady

Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson chats up Tom Brady

Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson had a chance to pick Tom Brady’s brain a bit following today’s workout. He definitely took notes watching No. 12 operate the past two days, and work his magic against the Texans defense.“It’s always good to be able to learn and watch Tom Brady, one of the best ever, and see how he works,” Watson told the media.
Aug 15, 2017
Derek Rivers leaves Patriots practice with injury, but team hopeful it's not severe

Derek Rivers leaves Patriots practice with injury, but team hopeful it's not severe

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Patriots defensive lineman Derek Rivers departed midway through today's joint practice with the Texans practice with a left leg injury.Rivers went down while covering a kickoff, and trainer Jim Whalen initially checked his knee and then the back of his leg, potentially the hamstring.Rivers, the Patriots' top draft pick this year at No. 83 overall, remained on the ground in a good amount of pain for a couple minutes before slowly walking to the sideline and then about another 100 yards to the locker room.He wasn’t limping.
Aug 15, 2017
Training camp observations: Tom Brady goes deep, Stephon Gilmore returns, Derek Rivers injured

Training camp observations: Tom Brady goes deep, Stephon Gilmore returns, Derek Rivers injured

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – The Patriots and Texans concluded their pair of joint practices today at the Greenbrier. This also marked the final practice of training camp that will be fully open to the media. Here are the Herald’s observations from the fully padded workout.
Aug 14, 2017
Patriots camp observations: Stephon Gilmore sits, Marcus Cannon stymies J.J. Watt

Patriots camp observations: Stephon Gilmore sits, Marcus Cannon stymies J.J. Watt

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – The Patriots and Texans conducted their first of two joint practices today at the Greenbrier. It was in full pads. Here are the Herald’s observations.Attendance notes:
Aug 14, 2017
Julian Edelman salutes Wes Welker as he embarks on coaching career

Julian Edelman salutes Wes Welker as he embarks on coaching career

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The connection between the Patriots and Texans grew stronger over the offseason when the AFC South champions added Wes Welker to the coaching staff. Welker doesn’t have the glamorous title or responsibilities yet, but he is off to a good start with Bill O’Brien’s group.Julian Edelman, here with the Pats for joint practices, has been among the countless players who have learned from Welker over the years, so he was proud to see Welker get this opportunity.
Aug 14, 2017
J.J. Watt on today's matchup with Tom Brady: 'iron sharpens iron'

J.J. Watt on today's matchup with Tom Brady: 'iron sharpens iron'

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. --  J.J. Watt thought it was a perfect matchup going against Tom Brady today as the Texans Patriots met for a joint practice. He said it was easy for his team to benefit going up against the Patriots great.“The old saying goes ‘iron sharpens iron,’ and I think, (he’s) obviously one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game,” Watt said following practice at the Greenbrier Resort. “It’s always good to go out there and get some reps against somebody of that caliber. It’s a lot of fun.”
Aug 14, 2017
Tom Brady: 'Unfair' to compare Patriots to 'magical' years gone by

Tom Brady: 'Unfair' to compare Patriots to 'magical' years gone by

Tom Brady has been on five Super Bowl-winning teams and another that nearly went undefeated, but he's not interested in comparing any of them to the team he's currently on, no matter what kind of hype it's receiving.The Patriots quarterback appeared on WEEI's Kirk & Callahan show Tuesday morning as part of the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon and explained that placing expectations on a team -- especially in the middle of training camp -- can be a "setup."
Aug 14, 2017
Tom Brady opens up on stress of dealing with mother's cancer fight

Tom Brady opens up on stress of dealing with mother's cancer fight

Tom Brady faced personal difficulty throughout the 2016 season as his mom Galynn battled cancer, but the quarterback was thankful for his family and teammates to help him through it.The Patriots quarterback opened up Tuesday morning in an appearance on WEEI's Kirk & Callahan show -- during the radio station's annual Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon -- about just how difficult last season was for him as his mom dealt with cancer 3,000 miles away.
Aug 13, 2017
Bill Belichick not worried about strategy while practicing with Texans

Bill Belichick not worried about strategy while practicing with Texans

FOXBORO — There are just 36 days that separate the Patriots from their preseason and regular-season (Week 3) meetings with the Houston Texans, but Bill Belichick doesn’t think it’s a big deal.As the Patriots hold their joint practices with the Texans Tuesday and Wednesday in West Virginia ahead of their exhibition on Saturday in Houston, there may be concern in some corners about revealing too much or allowing a future opponent to get a better read on you.Not for Belichick though. He said that isn’t what this trip is about.