Robert Kraft called Deflategate the “most overblown story in recent NFL history,” adding that he has told his staff to “ignore the noise” and keep the focus on the upcoming 2015 season.

Robert Kraft called Deflategate the “most overblown story in recent NFL history,” adding that he has told his staff to “ignore the noise” and keep the focus on the upcoming 2015 season.

The Patriots owner made his comments Tuesday night while addressing the crowd at the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s annual gala, held Tuesday night at Gillette Stadium.

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Despite the fact that Reggie Wayne has moved on to New England, his old teammate Andrew Luck still has nice things to say about him. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Despite the fact that Reggie Wayne has moved on to New England, his old teammate Andrew Luck still has nice things to say about him. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

In the days after ex-Colt Reggie Wayne signed as a free agent with the Patriots, the receiver was attacked by some back in Indy as a traitor and turncoat. But on Tuesday, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck said he holds nothing against Wayne for his decision, and added that he’ll be recalled as “one of the great Colts” when it’s all said and done.

“There’s a lot of things said and written about a lot of people,” Luck told the Rich Eisen Show on Tuesday. “Reggie will always be one of the great Colts in my mind and a great, great teammate. You can’t control what people write. It doesn’t really matter what’s fair and not fair necessarily as a player. But I know Reg is no traitor to me at all.”

The 36-year-old Wayne, who signed with the Patriots late last month as a free agent, spent 14 seasons with Indy. He has 1,070 career catches, to go along with 14,345 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns.

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Jordan Spieth threw out the first pitch at Tuesday night's Red Sox-Yankees game. (WEEI.com)

Jordan Spieth threw out the first pitch at Tuesday night’s Red Sox-Yankees game. (WEEI.com)

This year’s Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth is also a die hard Cowboys fan, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like the Patriots and Tom Brady.

“I root for the Pats outside the Cowboys,” Spieth said at Fenway Park before throwing out the first pitch Tuesday night. “I root for the Pats in the AFC. Obviously I am a die hard Cowboys fan. I root for my hometown.”

So what will he do when the Patriots play the Cowboys in Week 4, which would also be the potential fourth game of Brady’s four-game suspension?

“Well, I am going to root for the Cowboys. I hope Brady’s back by then and I hope it’s a fair fight and I hope my ‘boys pull it off,” he said.

Spieth, who is in town for this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, threw out the first pitch to Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly, who also hosted PGA Tour golfer Rickie Fowler at the park Tuesday, as he was on the field during batting practice in full Red Sox gear. Spieth was a pitcher growing up before stopping playing right before high school.

Although he golfs right-handed, he throws lefty. He said his dad, who is also a lefty, played college baseball and taught him to throw left-handed. He hits right-handed because he was taught how to hit facing his left-handed throwing dad.

“A little bit of movement on a fastball,” Spieth said of his pitching. “I could never really throw it hard or by anybody so I just hoped they swung and missed.”

Spieth spent some time before entering the park on Lansdowne Street soaking in the atmosphere. He said he roots for the Red Sox besides his hometown Rangers and his favorite player on the Red Sox is David Ortiz.

“It’s cool. I think it’s the greatest ballpark in the world so to be able to go out there on the mound and throw a pitch is something I certainly never thought I’d be able to do,” Spieth said. “It’s really cool. After my Rangers I root for the Red Sox. I truly mean that, it’s not just because I am here. I always root against the Yankees so it’s nice to be here tonight and hopefully we can get a Yankees loss and a Rangers win and we can move up a little bit in the wild card race.”

Although he’s just 22 years old and the winner of two majors in one year, Spieth remains grateful for the opportunities his play has allowed him to have and he only hopes they continue.

“It’s cool to use this position to have the opportunities off the course because I never would have imagined this,” he said. “I haven’t thought much about the year on the course because we’ve just been so focused so much on what’s going on the next week. It’s been awesome, but the times I really notice it are things like this. That’s when you notice how special it is. If you want to keep doing it you have to keep doing what you’re doing on the course, right?”

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In their attempts to get to the mandated roster limit of 75 by Tuesday afternoon, the Patriots made a series of moves.

Chris Jones was placed on PUP Tuesday. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Chris Jones was placed on PUP Tuesday. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In their attempts to get to the mandated roster limit of 75 by Tuesday afternoon, the Patriots made a series of moves.

The Patriots placed linebacker Dane Fletcher and defensive lineman Chris Jones to the reserve/physically unable to perform list. Neither had been on the field in pads for the duration of the summer — the decision to place Fletcher on PUP was hardly surprising given the fact that he had sustained a knee injury at the end of the 2014 regular season with the Bucs. Both players will not be available to play until Week 7.

In addition, they placed cornerback Darryl Roberts on injured reserve, reportedly the result of a wrist injury he suffered in the preseason opener against the Packers. The seventh-round pick out of Marshall had been having a good summer to that point, but will now get the remainder of the 2015 season to work on rest and rehab. They also officially announced the decision to place fullback James Develin on season-ending injured reserve as well.

The team also claimed wide receiver DaVaris Daniels from the Vikings. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder of of Notre Dame was an undrafted free agent who was signed by Minnesota. He didn’t play last season, but caught 49 passes for 745 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013 with the Fighting Irish. Earlier in the day, the Patriots swung a deal with the Saints for wide receiver return special Jalen Saunders, a former Oklahoma product who was part of a trade for a conditional draft pick.

And finally, New England waived linebacker D.J. Lynch and offensive lineman Chris Barker, the latter of whom was suffering from an ankle injury he sustained earlier in the preseason.

For the record, Barker, Daniels, Saunders, and Lynch all have practice squad eligibility.

One of the more noteworthy moves of the afternoon was the fact that the Patriots did not put Brandon LaFell on PUP. The wide receiver, who was not on the field throughout training camp, is working his way back from offseason foot surgery. It’s still early in the process — he could still be placed on PUP when the team completes the cuts to 53 before the start of the regular season — but the fact that he’s still available is a good sign when it comes to his overall recovery.

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Judge Richard Berman issued an order late Tuesday afternoon that stated he “anticipates” the Court will issue a decision on Deflategate “by the end of the week.”

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Judge Richard Berman issued an order late Tuesday afternoon that stated he “anticipates” the Court will issue a decision on Deflategate “by the end of the week.”

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Texans president Bob McNair weighed in on Deflategate Tuesday, saying the reason that the entire affair escalated was because the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady, “were going to cooperate fully, and then when it came down to it, th

Texans owner Bob McNair had some thoughts on Deflategate Tuesday. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Texans owner Bob McNair had some thoughts on Deflategate Tuesday. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Texans president Bob McNair weighed in on Deflategate Tuesday, saying the reason that the entire affair escalated was because the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady, “were going to cooperate fully, and then when it came down to it, they didn’t.”

McNair, speaking with Houston’s Mike Meltser, said that if it was Texans defensive lineman JJ Watt in a similar situation, Watt would have been “cooperative” with the investigation.

“If it was JJ Watt I think he would have been cooperative, and it wouldn’t be a question,” McNair said. “I don’t think JJ would destroy his cell phone.”

He added: “Is there anything conclusive there? No, you don’t have any conclusive evidence, but the whole idea is we want to make sure we have a competitive playing field that’s level for everybody. We don’t want people breaking the rules.”

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