The Patriots didn’t practice Monday but had they hit the field a day after their game against the Dolphins, there would’ve been some significant players not available.

While Tom Brady cannot be at Gillette Stadium or any NFL stadium as he’s suspended for the first four games, it doesn’t mean he isn’t watching them.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

While Tom Brady cannot be at Gillette Stadium or any NFL stadium as he’s suspended for the first four games, it doesn’t mean he isn’t watching them.

Brady admitted it’s been tough to watch, but he’s been happy with the results as the team has started 2-0.

“It’s certainly tough to watch, but it’s certainly great to see us win,” Brady said Monday to Jim Gray on Westwood One’s Monday Night Football pregame show. “It’s a little bit of both for me.”

Added Brady on Sunday specifically: “It was good to see. We got off to such a great start and he was really firing the ball in there and being very accurate and decisive with his throws. It was great to see. It was a tough injury (to Jimmy Garoppolo). Miami did a great job kind of hanging in there and battling back, but I’m glad we were able to close it out with the interception by Duron [Harmon] at the end.”

With Jimmy Garoppolo’s success before his right shoulder injury, Brady was asked if be believes he has a big future as a NFL quarterback.

“Well, I think that is kind of going to be decided by him,” Brady said. “I think obviously the way he’s started, it’s been a great start starting games in the NFL. He’s a very hard worker and I’m proud of the way he’s led the team. I know he’ll be fighting hard to be out there this week and he’s done a really great job.”

With the Patriots starting out 2-0, at worst they will be 2-2 when Brady returns, so he knows the team will not have a ton of ground to make up when he returns. He was asked if that is a relief.

“I feel like our team will always be prepared and want to play well,” Brady said. “Some of the outcomes are always close, as they have been the last couple of weeks. We’ve found a way to win and battled through adversity. These games aren’t easy and as I’ve said thousands of times, it’s hard to win games in the NFL and we’re off to a great start. I am proud of the guys for how hard they are working and you can see it on TV. It’s really paying off.”

Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

On Julian Edelman potentially playing quarterback: “He still talks about that touchdown pass he threw against Baltimore a few years ago. I actually — maybe it would give him a little more immunization if he did well, but if he didn’t I mean he’s kind of batting 1,000 right now, so there’s only one place to go.”

On Jacoby Brissett: “Jacoby has done a great job taking advantage of his opportunity as well. He went in there yesterday and showed a lot of poise. I’ve loved working with him. I think he’s shows up to work every day working hard. He’s very competitive and I know our coaching staff will have him prepared and ready to go for Thursday night if he is called upon. Who knows, Jimmy may be out there. We’ll see how it plays out.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Dont'a Hightower

Dont’a Hightower

The Patriots didn’t practice Monday but had they hit the field a day after their game against the Dolphins, there would’ve been some significant players not available.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder), Dont’a Hightower (knee) and Eric Rowe (ankle) would all have missed practice according to the projected practice report mandated by the NFL for team playing in the Thursday night game.

Garoppolo reportedly sprained the AC joint in his throwing shoulder Sunday when he was driven to the turf by linebacker Kiko Alonso. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday that it’s a “long shot” that he’d be able to play Thursday.

Hightower missed Sunday’s game with a right knee injury suffered in the first half against the Cardinals in Week 1. He did not practice at all for Week 2.

Rowe was spotted on crutches last week but did not have crutches when he was seen in the locker room Monday afternoon by the media. Rob Gronkowski (hamstring), Trey Flowers (shoulder) and Jonathan Cooper (foot) were all listed as limited on the projected report.

The good news was that several players on last week’s report were not included Monday. Among those taken off the report were Malcolm Butler (ankle), Marcus Cannon (knee), Shaq Mason (hand), Shea McClellin (shoulder) and Nate Solder (hamstring) were all not included on Monday’s report.

The Patriots play the Texans Thursday night in the second game of a three-game homestand.

Here’s Monday’s complete projected report:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Dont’a Hightower (knee)
CB Eric Rowe (ankle)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OL Jonathan Cooper (foot)
DE Trey Flowers (shoulder)
TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring)

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Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

Wes Welker was at Gillette Stadium on Sunday taking in the game, while also impersonating Tom Brady with a life-size m

Tom Brady called the mask Wes Welker wore the "creepiest thing" he's ever seen. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady called the mask Wes Welker wore the “creepiest thing” he’s ever seen. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Wes Welker was at Gillette Stadium on Sunday taking in the game, while also impersonating Tom Brady with a life-size mask of the quarterback in the parking lot beforehand.

Brady actually saw the mask earlier as the two were together Sunday morning.

“I saw some of those masks and I saw Wes’ — actually, I spent a little time with him Sunday morning. He showed it to me. It was probably the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen,” Brady told Jim Gray on Westwood One’s pregame show Monday night.

The quarterback confirmed the two worked out together, but didn’t say exactly what they did.

“It was good to spend some time with him,” Brady said. “He’s been one of my best friends and we played together for a long time. It was good to be with him. He’s still got a lot of ability, so it was fun to kind of be out on the field with him.”

Brady can return from his four-game suspension on Oct. 3 as the team prepares for their Week 5 matchup in Cleveland.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Walt Coleman will serve as the referee for Thursday’s Texans-Patriots game at Gillette Stadium.

Walt Coleman has a unique place in Patriots history. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Walt Coleman has a unique place in Patriots history. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Walt Coleman will serve as the referee for Thursday’s Texans-Patriots game at Gillette Stadium.

Coleman was the official working the 2001 AFC divisional playoff game between New England and Oakland, and was the one who presided over the disputed call that ultimately gave the Patriots new life. (It’s worth noting that Coleman hasn’t worked a single Raiders game since that contest.) Coleman also worked as the referee for the 2003 AFC title game, a contest noted for its physical play and the contest that sparked Indy GM Bill Polian to go to the competition committee and change the way the game is called when it came to pass defense.

Coleman worked two Patriots games last season: against the Jaguars in September and the Titans in December. Both games were wins for New England.

Here’s a look at who has worked as the referee for each Patriots’ regular-season game this year and the corresponding penalties for each game, not counting the flags that were offset or declined.

Sept. 11 at Arizona: Tony Corrente — 8 penalties, 69 yards (Cardinals — 6 penalties, 58 yards)
Sept. 18 vs. Miami: Craig Wrolstad — 7 penalties, 65 yards (Dolphins — 5 penalties, 49 yards)

For more on Coleman’s career as an official, check out his page at Pro Football Reference. And for more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price
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