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UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 4:05 p.m.

Doctor: Aaron Hernandez’s brain was severely damaged by disease

A researcher says Aaron Hernandez suffered severe damage to parts of the brain that play an important role in memory, impulse control and behavior. The 27-year-old former New England Patriots …


Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower placed on injured reserve

The Patriots have placed linebacker and defensive captain Dont’a Hightower on injured reserve. Hightower left in the second half of New England’s win over Atlanta on Oct. 22 with a …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Patriots sign Brian Hoyer as Tom Brady’s backup after Jimmy Garoppolo trade

The Patriots have signed former 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer to back up Tom Brady. The deal was announced a day after Hoyer was released by San Francisco following its acquisition …


Report: 49ers get QB Jimmy Garoppolo from Patriots for 2nd rounder

The San Francisco 49ers have reportedly acquired their quarterback of the future by trading for New England backup Jimmy Garoppolo.


Tom Brady throws for 303 yards, Patriots hold off Bucs 19-14

Tom Brady threw for 303 yards and one touchdown, and New England’s porous defense showed signs of improvement in a 19-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Super Bowl …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 9:41 p.m.

Winston, Bucs poised for prime-time test against Patriots

Jameis Winston is excited about the next challenge in the maturation of the young Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s a prime-time test against Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 4:33 p.m.

Aaron Hernandez had severe CTE; daughter sues NFL, Pats

Tests conducted on the brain of former football star Aaron Hernandez showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. His attorney said Thursday that the player’s daughter …


Former Washington State receiver Cracraft gets workout with New England Patriots

Wes Welker and Danny Amendola are both slotbacks who played under Mike Leach before moving on to successful NFL careers with the New England Patriots. River Cracraft hopes to be …


NFL apologizes for tweet linking Kansas City Chiefs’ win to Mexico quake

The NFL has apologized for an “unacceptable” tweet with three smiley emojis that likened the Kansas City Chiefs’ big victory over the New England Patriots to a deadly earthquake that …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

Super letdown: Patriots routed in 2nd half, Chiefs win 42-27

Alex Smith threw two long touchdown passes and rookie Kareem Hunt, after fumbling on his first NFL carry, scored three times as Kansas City stunned New England 42-27 in the …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 6:35 p.m.

Patriots fans cheer 5th banner, boo commissioner Roger Goodell

The New England Patriots are celebrating their fifth Super Bowl title. The Patriots unveiled the NFL championship banner before the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. The team had …


Chiefs looking to make statement against champion Patriots

The New England Patriots are unbeaten in four previous season openers following Super Bowl wins. They will try to keep it that way against a Kansas City team that returns …


Patriots coach dons Houston hat, ‘shout out’ to flooded city

Bill Belichick is sending his best wishes to the city of Houston and the victims of historic flooding there. The New England Patriots coach appeared at his post-game news conference …


Julian Edelman injured in Patriots’ 30-28 win over Lions

Julian Edelman limped off the field with an injured right knee, putting a damper on strong performance from Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Edelman was hurt on the …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 2:41 p.m.

Political football: Patriots gave Trump a Super Bowl ring

President Trump has a Super Bowl ring. The ring has more than 280 diamonds and was a gift from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a longtime friend. Its value …


Former Patriots DT Vince Wilfork officially retires from NFL

Former New England and Houston defensive tackle Vince Wilfork announced his retirement from the NFL in a barbecue commercial Monday, a fitting farewell for a big guy who loved to …


Fan adoration, light practice session highlight Tom Brady’s 40th birthday

Tom Brady was already the oldest player on the Patriots roster before he stepped out on the practice field for training camp. But he spent the abbreviated workout being constantly …


Patriots defensive stalwart Rob Ninkovich retires

New England Patriots defensive stalwart Rob Ninkovich capped his 11-year NFL career by announcing his retirement Sunday after the team’s morning practice at Gillette Stadium.


Patriots sign veteran LB David Harris to 2-year deal

The New England Patriots have signed former New York Jets linebacker David Harris. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a person familiar with the deal told The Associated …


AP source: Patriots agree to deal with LB David Harris

A person familiar with the situation says the New England Patriots have agreed to terms with former New York Jets linebacker David Harris. The new two-year pact could be worth …


Agent: Tom Brady didn’t have concussion last season

The agent for Tom Brady says the New England Patriots quarterback wasn’t diagnosed with a concussion last year. Don Yee made that comment to ESPN. Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, …


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 1:54 p.m.

Gisele Bundchen: Tom Brady had a concussion last year

Gisele Bundchen says her husband Tom Brady suffered a concussion in 2016, the year the Patriots began a season in which the star quarterback led the Patriots to another Super …


Trump congratulates Patriots, doesn’t mention Hernandez

President Donald Trump welcomed the New England Patriots to the White House, noting the parallels between his own upset victory and their stunning Super Bowl win. But he avoided discussion …


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 6:01 p.m.

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez dead after hanging self in cell

Massachusetts prison officials say former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has hanged himself in a cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder. The death of the former New …


Man named in Tom Brady jersey case sought autographs, selfies

The Mexican media executive suspected of stealing Tom Brady’s jersey went to the Super Bowl as a working journalist but spent the week collecting selfies and autographs from football greats. …


New Patriots WR Brandin Cooks ready to earn trust of Bill Belichick

Over the past three seasons Brandin Cooks has carved out a reputation as one of the NFL’s elite young receivers. Now, following his trade from New Orleans to New England …


Tom Brady: The Movie? Fans divided and foes say they’ll pass

Tom Brady: The Movie? A new book and a major motion picture are in the works about the New England Patriots’ star quarterback and the “Deflategate” suspension he overcame to …


Value of Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey listed as $500K

The value of Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey is listed as $500,000 on a Houston Police Department report. The New England Patriots quarterback is listed as the complainant in …



At least six New England Patriots players now say they’ll skip White House visit

The New England Patriots recently won their fifth Super Bowl title. The number of New England players saying they’ll skip the traditional champions’ visit to the White House is now …