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FOXBORO — LeGarrette Blount is indeed getting his No. 29 back. The question now is whether he will regain the good graces of Bill Belichick after the Patriots took him off the trash heap of the waiver wire this week and gave him a two-year contract, and a second chance with a team that has a chance to go to the Super Bowl.

“Bill is a straight-forward shooter, he’s a 100 percent honest person,” Blount told reporters Friday. “I truly believe that if I do what I have to do, then I’ll make myself a role on this team. Whatever I have to do, I’m going to do it to be productive.”

The 6-foot, 247-pound Blount will team with 230-pound Jonas Gray in the Patriots’ backfield, giving the team some depth if they choose to stick with a power game as the weather turns colder.

Blount didn’t want to talk about why he landed in New England because he clearly didn’t feel the same about Mike Tomlin and the Steelers, who didn’t give him a single carry in Monday’s 27-24 win over the Titans. He left before the end of the game, prompting several Steelers to say good riddance to a disgruntled teammate.

Blount said Friday that he was surprised by his release but not scared because he believes his 27-year-old body still has plenty of football left to give.

“It wasn’t scary at all. I feel like I’m talented enough to land on any team,” Blount said. “[But] I wasn’t expecting it, You know, I don’t really want to talk about it. But just the fact it opened up another opportunity for me to get back here ended up being a good thing for me.

“I’m going to stay ready. I’m in good shape. Whenever they call me to carry the ball, I’m going to go out there and do whatever I can do to make them comfortable with their decision to bring me back.”

Blount, who signed a two-year deal with the Patriots Thursday, turned down a Patriots’ offer believed to be significantly less than the two-years, $3.85 million offered by the Steelers in late March. Blount said Friday he had no regrets with signing with Pittsburgh.

“At the time I was comfortable with my decision,” Blount said.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO — Chandler Jones will miss his fourth straight game with a hip injury while Cameron Fleming’s ankle injury suffered Sunday night against the Colts will keep him out of this weekend’s game against the Lions.

Cameron Fleming

Cameron Fleming

FOXBORO — Chandler Jones will miss his fourth straight game with a hip injury while Cameron Fleming’s ankle injury suffered Sunday night against the Colts will keep him out of this weekend’s game against the Lions.

The two players were the only ones ruled out Friday after being two of the four players who missed practice. The team worked out in the cold for a second straight day in preparation for the game at Gillette Stadium. Also missing Friday was Dominique Easley. He missed practice for a second straight game with a knee issue but is officially questionable for Sunday.

Jonas Gray appeared on the report but only because he missed practice after showing up late at Gillette Stadium on Friday morning. He was sent home but was expected to return later in the day to apologize for oversleeping.

Fleming is also listed with a finger issue. But the finger, which is said to be still an issue, is likely not what’s keeping him from playing Sunday. Fleming was spotted with a big walking boot on his foot as he made his way through the locker room on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Jones hasn’t practiced since suffering the hip injury in Week 7. Both Fleming and Jones missed the entire week.

For the Lions, defensive lineman Nick Fairley once again did not practice and was ruled out with a knee injury. Offensive lineman Nick Warford was also officially ruled out, also suffering from a knee injury. Reggie Bush (ankle) is officially questionable after being limited all week in practice.

Here is Friday’s complete Patriots practice report:

Did not practice

OL Cameron Fleming (finger/ankle) OUT
DE Chandler Jones (hip) OUT
DL Dominique Easley (knee) QUESTIONABLE
RB Jonas Gray (not injury related)

Limited participation

OL Marcus Cannon (hip) QUESTIONABLE
S Nate Ebner (finger) QUESTIONABLE
WR Julian Edelman (thigh) PROBABLE

Full participation

QB Tom Brady (ankle) PROBABLE

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

Rob Gronkowski received a 15-yard, unnecessary roughness penalty for his block of Colts safety Sergio Brown out of bounds after Jonas Gray’

Rob Gronkowski received a 15-yard, unnecessary roughness penalty for his block of Colts safety Sergio Brown out of bounds after Jonas Gray’s fourth touchdown Sunday night.

That wasn’t his only penalty coming from the play.

Gronkowski was fined $8,268 by the NFL on Friday for unnecessary roughness after the whistle.

“He was just yappin’ at me the whole time,” Gronkowski told NBCSN after the Patriots beat the Colts, 42-20. “So I took him and threw him out of the club.”

Gronkowski and the Patriots will host the Lions Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

WEEI.com’s Chris Price previews the Week 12 matchup between the Patriots and Lions. Find out the keys to the game as well as Chris’ prediction.

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WEEI

FOXBORO — Jonas Gray spoiled his perfect week in the NFL on Friday.

According to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal, the running back who rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday showed up late to work Friday morning at Gillette Stadium, and as a result was absent at practice.

Jonas Gray (right) was running late Friday. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Jonas Gray (right) was running late Friday. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Jonas Gray spoiled his perfect week in the NFL on Friday.

According to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal, the running back who rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday showed up late to work Friday morning at Gillette Stadium, and as a result was absent at practice.

Daniels reported the running back was expected to return to a Gillette Stadium later in the day, but missed the team’s early afternoon practice because he was late to the facility. He was not on the team’s injury report all week and indications remain that he is not injured.

The irony of the situation was made even greater when the Hall at Patriot Place announced Friday a special tribute in their museum to Gray’s record-breaking performance last Sunday. Gray’s performance also earned him many national accolades this week, including a spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Gray is not the first Patriots player to show up late this season. Darrelle Revis missed a practice in October before the team’s game against Chicago because he was tardy.

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports that Gray set his alarm on his phone and the phone died overnight, causing him to oversleep.

Gray was one of four players missing from practice Friday, along with Dominique Easley (knee), Cameron Fleming (ankle/finger) and Chandler Jones (hip).

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
Just out of practice, Kyle Arrington joins the guys to preview Pats-Lions

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