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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FOXBORO — Bill Belichick‘s poker face was in midseason form Tuesday as the Patriots held a full pads practice outside Gillette Stadium.

“Ready for September? It’€™s here. Whatever you’€™ve got, go ahead,” Belichick said in opening his press conference.

What the media had was persistent questions about Tom Brady, and whether there might be a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the team. Belichick was asked if he’s concerned that he doesn’t have a starting quarterback and how much confidence he has in Jimmy Garoppolo.

“We’€™re going out to practice today with all the players who will be out there, and that’€™s who we’€™ll work with,” Belichick said, just hours before the 4 p.m. ET cutdown deadline to 75 players.

Is it difficult for Belichick not to know who will be your starter in Week 1?

“Right now, we’€™re practicing with all the players that are out there,” Belichick said. “We have good depth at that position. We have good depth at a lot of positions. Not everybody is out there. The players who aren’€™t out there won’€™t practice, obviously.”

With the uncertainty at quarterback, how does that affect how Belichick practices and prepares?

“We do what we think is best for the team at every position. That’€™s what we’€™ll keep doing,” he quipped.

If he could offer any advice to [Judge Richard Berman] down in New York, what would it be?

“I really am just focused on trying to get our team ready to go. That’€™s my job,” Belichick answered.

Will it be nice to have the Brady issue resolved?

“Right now, we’€™re just focused on going out to practice and working on things we’€™re doing today,” Belichick said.

Tom Brady has played 43 snaps in 12 drives over three preseason games. His only touchdown pass came on an 18-yard strike to Scott Chandler on his 12th and last drive last Friday against Carolina. How does Belichick evaluate the Tom-led offense based on his supporting cast?

“I don’€™t think we really worry too much about who is or who isn’€™t out there,” Belichick said. “It’€™s each individual player doing better at what they’€™re doing, and coach ‘€“ that’€™s all of us. We all need to do a better job in all areas ‘€“ offense, defense, special teams, coaching staff, the players. There’€™s a lot of room for improvement from all of us individually, so if that happens, then collectively there will be improvement, too.”

In non-Brady news, Belichick did note that James Develin is back in Foxboro after weekend surgery to repair a broken tibia in his lower right leg.

“I saw him [Monday], and he’€™s doing well,” Belichick said. “I think he’€™s got a good attitude. I was happy to see him. It’€™s good to see him back here.”

More from Belichick on Tuesday:

Q: Last week you said your goal was to prepare every player to be ready to play on opening day. You said that at some point that will change, but you’€™re not there yet. Has that point arrived yet?

BB: Well, we’€™ve still got a long way to go on that. We don’€™t even have a 53-man roster. We’€™re definitely working on Pittsburgh, but there are a lot of loose ends. I’€™d say there are a lot of loose ends.

Q: What are your thoughts on the summer Dion Lewis has had here?

BB: Good. Dion had a good spring, he had a good offseason program, did a nice job in OTAs. He’€™s learned really all of our offense, all three downs, plus some stuff in the kicking game. Yeah, he’€™s done a good job. He’€™s picked things up well. He’€™s been healthy for the most part other than one week there in training camp. But he’€™s been out, he’€™s gotten a lot of work in and that’€™s been good for a guy who missed the season last year. He’€™s done a good job. I like him.

Q: When you decide whether or not to keep a player, do you look at their injury history or is it a fresh start?

BB: That’€™s a tough one. I think in the end, you’€™ve just got to, as I said before, take all the information, put it in a composite and do what you think is best. We have guys who were hurt in college that haven’€™t been hurt in the NFL. We’€™ve got guys who were never hurt in college that have been hurt in the NFL. So, I think if it’€™s a chronic injury, that’€™s one thing. If it’€™s an injury, those heal, and then they come back and they play. Usually it’€™s not the same thing, but some guys have more issues than others. I don’€™t know. That’€™s a tough one. It’€™s a case-by-case thing where I don’€™t know if there is any right formula to it.

Q: Dominique Easley has battled back since suffering two knee injuries in college. How hard has he worked, and what kind of example has he set for the younger guys on the team?

BB: I mean, look, almost everybody who has played this game has had to deal with something somewhere along the line. He’€™s done a good job and he’€™s played well this training camp. That’€™s been good, but I think if you go to pretty much every guy in the locker room, everybody has had something somewhere along the line. Unfortunately, that’€™s part of high competitive athletics. Everybody is pushing themselves to the limits and sometimes there’€™s a setback.

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Julian Edelman has been sidelined since early in camp with an ankle issue. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Julian Edelman has never played in a preseason finale in his six years in the NFL. Expect that total to hit seven this week. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Even for hardcore football fans, the final preseason game can be a bit of a slog. But when it comes to finding hints as to who might be on the bubble and who might have already secured a roster spot, there are a few things to look for, including whether or not a player simply gets into the game.

In the last six years, the only players who were held out of the fourth preseason game and did not survive the final cut were quarterback Andrew Walter (2009), safety Brandon McGowan (who ended up going on season-ending IR), offensive lineman Nick Kaczur (2010), offensive lineman Matt Kopa (2012) and defensive end Justin Francis (2013). Last summer, quarterback Ryan Mallett, offensive lineman Chris Martin and defensive lineman Joe Vellano all took DNPs in the preseason finale, and none were on the 53-man roster for the opener. (For the record, Martin and Vellano ended up on the practice squad, while Mallett was dealt to the Texans on Aug. 31.)

Bottom line? If you’re a veteran who doesn’t play in the preseason finale, chances are pretty good that you’ve made the final 53-man roster.

Of course, if you’re a veteran who finds himself playing deep into the final preseason game, it can be an indication that you’re not long for Foxboro. Adrian Wilson, John Lynch and Tim Tebow are all recent examples of a veteran playing healthy snaps late in the preseason finale, only to be cut days later.

There are always exceptions to the rule — last year, veteran Brandon Browner was on the field in the fourth preseason game, but that was more of an instance of a newcomer needing as many snaps as possible as quickly as possible. (Browner was facing a four-game ban to start the regular season, and so the idea of getting him as many reps as possible as quickly as possible went into the thought process in that instance.) That could be the case this time around, as veteran receiver Reggie Wayne might be interested in getting as many game reps as possible before the start of the regular season.

But more often than not, it’s a chance for veterans to take the night off. Don’t expect to see the likes of Julian Edelman, who has skipped every preseason finale since he entered the league in 2009. (It’€™s the longest such streak on the roster. Even quarterback Tom Brady played in the fourth preseason games in 2010 and 2011.)

Of course, a solid performance by a youngster over the course of the summer, capped off by a nice showing in the preseason finale, can be enough to keep you around. Last summer, Malcolm Butler got the start in the fourth preseason game, and while it wasn’t the only thing that allowed him to win a job on the roster, another good showing certainly didn’t hurt his chances.

Ultimately, when it comes to the back end of the roster, the race to land a spot on the final 53 is always going on.

“I think we still have a lot of decisions to make,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday, just over two days removed from the 2015 preseason finale against the Giants. “There are a lot of decisions that we still need to make. What will affect those decisions, I don’t know — a practice, a game, other circumstances that right now maybe aren’t even in play. Maybe something will happen over the next few days that right now we’re not taking into consideration, but we will have to.

“And again, 53-man spots are one thing, practice squad spots are another thing. You’€™re talking about going from 75 to 53 plus eight; maybe there is an injured player in there somewhere? It’s really not that many … It’s not as big as it seems, I’ll put it that way.”

In the end, whether or not a player makes it through to the final 53-man roster will depend on more than whether or not they’ll suit up for one preseason game. But history tells us that when it comes to players who might be on the bubble, their status on Thursday will provide a big sizable hint as to what their future in Foxboro might hold.

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