This is a week when the key figures of Deflategate figure to be back in the news.

From a Patriots perspective there’s Tom Brady at the top. But closely following behind are John Jastremski and Jim McNally.

Jastremski was a full-time equipment assistant who filled numerous roles, including preparing game footballs for Brady. He also was a fixture on the field, especially before games, helping receivers warm up by throwing them passes. McNally carried a much lower profile, serving as a game-day employee who worked as the officials locker room attendant.

Both Jastremski and McNally were reinstated last month by the NFL after being suspended for their alleged role in Deflategate. While the league is still keeping them from jobs that have anything to do with the preparation of game footballs, they are eligible to work with the team once again.

But as Bill Belichick pointed out Monday during his conference call, exactly what their roles are is still being discussed internally.

“John and the organization are still discussing the best options for him and I’m not aware of any timetable on that,” Belichick said. “That’s where it is for now.”

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During his Monday appearance with Dennis, Callahan & Minihane, Tom Brady gave an impassioned defense of his embattled lifestyle coach/business partner, Alex Guerrero. In supporting Guerrero’s dietary plan, Brady said Americans are “brainwashed” into believing junk food is an acceptable part of a diet.

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Andrew Luck has watched Matt Hasselbeck lead the Colts to a pair of wins.  (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Andrew Luck has watched Matt Hasselbeck lead the Colts to a pair of wins. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Five things you have to know about the Colts, who host the Patriots Sunday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.

1. With Andrew Luck sidelines, they have gotten good play out of backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

The 40-year-old backup, who took over after Luck went down with a shoulder issue, has started the last two games for Indy, and has done a good job managing to wring just enough out of the offense to allow the Colts to escape with a pair of wins. In his two starts, Hasselbeck is 48-for-76 (63 percent completion rate), 495 passing yards, with three touchdowns, no picks and a passer rating of 95.0. (Through the first three games, Luck was 65-for-116 for a 56 percent completion rate, 753 yards, five touchdowns, seven interceptions and a passer rating of 65.1.) It has to be taken with a grain of salt because the wins were relatively narrow victories over Jacksonville and Houston, but Hasselbeck’s steadiness and consistent play the last two weeks has allowed Indy to climb just over .500 entering this game. It’s likely that the Colts will do whatever they can to keep the Patriots guessing this week when it comes to who will be under center at the start of Sunday’s contest, but Hasselbeck might be the first Indy backup quarterback in 20 years to show that he can do more than just hold a clipboard. (For what it’s worth, Indy released quarterback Josh Johnson on Monday, which is likely a sign that one or both of the Luck/Hasselbeck combo is feeling better.)

2. Hasselbeck isn’t the only veteran who has helped the Colts’ offense through a rough patch.

In his first season with Indy, 32-year-old running back Frank Gore (76 carries, 325 yards, 3 TDs) has provided the bulk of the yardage on the ground. Meanwhile, 34-year-old receiver Andre Johnson (13 catches, 128 yards, 2 TDs), also in his initial season with the Colts, has also seen action as a complementary pass catcher, augmenting the work of youngsters like the speedy T.Y. Hilton (a team-high 27 catches, 382 yards) and Donte Moncrief (24 catches, 278 yards, 3 TDs). The positional grouping won’t remind anyone of Peyton Manning, Edgerrin James and Marvin Harrison, but it’s provided just enough offense over the last few weeks to lift the Colts to three consecutive victories. (One more quick note on the Indy offense: the Colts are 31st in the league in giveaways with seven interceptions and five fumbles. In all, Indy is 31st when it comes to turnover ratio at minus-seven. Not a good sign when you are facing a New England team that’s tied for fifth overall at plus-five.)

3. Their run defense is better than it was at this time last year, but not much.

As is the case with all stats, the numbers have to be placed in some sort of context, but given their recent stretch of subpar run defense, it’s interesting to see the Colts are middle of the pack when it comes to stopping the run. Through five games, Indy is 18th in the league in run defense, having yielded an average of 112 rushing yards per game. By way of comparison, the Patriots are 19th at 112.8. Those numbers are a little skewed for a few reasons, including the fact that the Colts allowed two teams to rush for more than 140 yards (Bills, Jags) while two other teams were held under 90 yards (Titans, Texans). Last Thursday’s narrow win over Houston was the second game in three weeks where Indy held an opponent to under 90, which allowed its yards per carry average to fall to 3.5, fourth-best in the NFL. (Last year, the Colts yielded 4.3 yards per carry.) Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson leads the NFL in tackles (58), and has been stout in the middle, while safety Mike Adams (who picked off Tom Brady twice in last year’s regular-season contest and has three interceptions this season) has also put together a nice year. When it comes to their pass defense as a whole, the Colts have yielded an average of 287 passing yards per game, 28th in the NFL, but the rest of the metrics (opposing passer rating, completion percentage and touchdown passes allowed), they are middle of the pack.

4. Their special teams unit is above-average, and their punt team is one of the best in the league.

For Indy, the ageless Adam Vinatieri is 5-for-7 on field-goal attempts (71 percent) and 10-for-10 on extra points. Meanwhile, punter Pat McAfee is eighth in the league in punting average (48 yards per punt), but best in the NFL in net yardage at 46.5 per opportunity. (In addition, his 3.3 average return yards per punt is second-best in the league. A good punter and a good coverage group.) McAfee also handles kickoffs, and his 21 touchbacks are tied for fifth in the league. (If the first month-plus of the season is any indication, kick coverage probably won’t matter much, as the Patriots have just one kick return over the course of the first four games of the season. For those of you inclined to keep track of such things, the NFL record for fewest kick returns by a team in a 16-game season is the 2013 Saints, which ended the year with 22.)

5. If there’s a team that has every right to play the “no one believes in us” card, it’s them.

Everyone knows about the baggage that both teams carry into this game. For the Patriots, it’s a shot at revenge against a team that kickstarted Deflategate. For the Colts, it’s a chance to show that they have earned the right to eat at the grownups table. But given what’s happened to both teams since the start of the regular season — and how the New England offense looks heading into this game — there aren’t many people outside the greater Indianapolis area who give Indy a chance in this one. The Patriots patented the “no one believes in us” approach when it comes to games like this, and it will be interesting to see how the Colts respond to the role of massive underdog as the week continues. (For what it’s worth, this game opens a brutal gauntlet for Indy, one not unlike the stretch the 2014 Patriots endured toward the end of last season: After New England, the Colts face the Saints, Panthers, Broncos and Falcons. That’s four teams who are currently undefeated over their next five games. It’s safe to say that by the time we get to mid-November, we’ll know just how realistic Indy’s playoff hopes are.)

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady launched into an impassioned defense of his embattled business partner and “body coach” during his weekly appearance with Dennis, Callahan & Minihane on Monday morning, a day after throwing for two touchdowns in a 30-6 rout of the Cowboys.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady launched into an impassioned defense of his embattled business partner and “body coach” during his weekly appearance with Dennis, Callahan & Minihane on Monday morning, a day after throwing for two touchdowns in a 30-6 rout of the Cowboys. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Alex Guerrero has been working with Brady for a decade, but prior to that — according to a scathing article in Boston magazine — Guerrero was sued by the government in 2004 for falsely claiming he was a doctor and making up drug trial results to help peddle an alleged cure for various terminal illnesses called Supreme Greens. The FTC announced a settlement with Guerrero in 2005 in which he was forced to pay a $65,000 fine and given a lifetime ban against passing himself off as a doctor or promoting Supreme Greens or “any substantially similar product.”

A few years ago, Guerrero’s company, 6 Degree Nutrition, marketed a drink called NeuroSafe that claimed to help athletes recover from concussions faster. Again the FTC stepped in and forced Guerrero to stop selling the product after concluding there was no scientific evidence to support his claims.

“I don’t know the details of each of those incidences, but I think that it speaks to he as a person, as a friend. There’s nobody better person that I enjoy as much as Alex,” Brady said. “He’s been an incredible influence in my life. I think we’re doing something really special with our business [TB12].

“So much of what we talk about, Alex and I, is prevention. It’s probably a lot different than most of the Western medicine that is kind of in a way you — I’d say in professional sports, or in any sport in general, you kind of just play the game until you basically get hurt. Then you go to rehab and then you try to come back and you try to play your sport again. And I think so much for me and what we try to accomplish with what my regimen is, and what my methods are, and the things of my belief system, is trying to do things proactively so that you can avoid getting injured.

“For example, like that hit that I took yesterday that you talked about, that I got hit in my back. I think that’s really a credit to the work that we’ve put in over the years so that my body can withstand those type of hits and my structure doesn’t take the brunt of those type of hits. That’s all about injury prevention. And a lot of times you’ve got to pay the price in advance for that.”

Pressed on what he knew about Guerrero’s shady past, Brady said, “Parts of it I did” know about.

“We’ve talked about several things as it relates to that, and he dealt with that,” Brady said. “That’s part of his life and that’s something that happened 13 years ago.”

Added Brady: “Everything as it relates to that is something that Alex has had to deal with, and he dealt with that. Nutritional supplements and FTC regulation and all those types of things, there are a lot of gray areas in that. I’m someone who does take nutritional supplements. I take a green supplement. I take different supplements to try to help my body recover from the rigors of the training that we do. I try to eat really well. I try to have a clean diet so that I can play and try to prevent inflammation in my body. I try to do that so that I can play for long periods of time.

“You may say what you want, and a lot of people have opinions on what things that may work for them. I think what I’m trying to do is communicate ways to all athletes — young, middle-aged, older athletes — ways that have worked for me, and that have proven over the last 10 years to be very sustainable and very holistic approach to taking care of your body so that it can perform.

“So many players have knee replacements and hip replacements when they’re done playing. I hear stories, concussion stories all the time. We’ve treated lots of people with concussions down at TB12, with incredible success. If any three of you are every injured or want to come down and check it out, you’re more than welcome. I think it will be a great education for you. And a lot of it is different philosophies and different theories. And a lot of people do what’s right for them.”

Brady said he’s talked to Guerrero about his past issues and is comfortable with his approach, despite his history of issues with the FTC.

“I didn’t read the whole story, I didn’t read the whole transcript [of the FTC testimony]. I know what I’ve spoken [about] with Alex over the years, and I have tremendous belief with Alex and what he’s accomplished with me,” Brady said. “In the 10 or 11 years we’ve been working together he has never been wrong. I had doctors with the highest and best education in our country tell us — tell me — that I wouldn’t be able to play football again [after his 2007 ACL injury], that I would need multiple surgeries on my knee from my staph infection, that I would need a new ACL, a new MCL, that I wouldn’t be able to play with my kids when I’m older. Of course I go back the next year and we win Comeback Player of the Year. I follow the next season and we win the MVP of the year.

“So it’s like, it’s interesting, because, like I said, I’ve chosen a different approach. And that approach works for me. That’s what I want to try to provide to athletes who maybe want to take a different approach, too.”

Brady lamented what he called Western medicine’s philosophy of waiting until you get sick or injured and then trying to treat the problem when it’s too late.

“I’ve really stepped outside the box in the way that I try to, like I said, train, eat, hydrate, the cognitive brain games that I play on a daily or weekly basis to try to build up some durability within my body, within my brain, to be able to go out there and play at a high level at 38,” he said. “Now you guys may think I’m full of crap, but the proof is what you see on the field. That’s what I say. I try to encourage all my teammates. And I sure hope someday that all athletes … get the same level of care that I get, because you can play for a long period of time without having knee replacement, without having all the major head trauma that people are dealing with based on the systems that have been in place for a long period of time that have never changed. So you need to start thinking outside the box if you want to do something different.

“When you think about nutritional supplements you think about other types of training methods and training techniques. I think that’s a great thing. I think when you talk about a green supplement — it’s vegetables. It’s eating better. So much of my diet is based on an acid-alkaline principle, which to me does reduce inflammation in my body. When you run around and take hits all day for a living, that’s a really positive thing for me. I would love to encourage all my teammates to eat the best way they possibly can, to have high school athletes [do the same].

“That’s not the way our food system in America is set up. It’s very different. They have a food pyramid. I disagree with that. I disagree with a lot of things that people tell you to do. You’ll probably go out and drink Coca-Cola and think, ‘€˜Oh yeah, that’s no problem.’ Why? Because they pay lots of money for advertisements to think that you should drink Coca-Cola for a living? No, I totally disagree with that. And when people do that, I think that’s quackery. And the fact that they can sell that to kids? I mean, that’s poison for kids. But they keep doing it. And obviously you guys may not have a comment on that because maybe that’s what your belief system is. So you do whatever you want, you live the life you want.

“Like I said, what I’m trying to provide for athletes and for people and all the clients that we have that come in, is a different way of thinking, a different way of methods. You need to be outside the box, you need to think differently if you want to sustain what for me is my peak performance, the very best that I can achieve as an athlete every day. And I learned that a long time ago.”

Added Brady: “I think we’ve been lied to by a lot of food companies over the years, by a lot of beverage companies over the years. But we still do it. That’s just America, and that’s what we’ve been conditioned to. We believe that Frosted Flakes is a food. … You just keep eating those things, and you keep wondering why we have just incredible rates of disease in our country. No one thinks it has anything to do with what we put in our body.”

Brady said he’ll talk to his teammates about his philosophy “if they ask.” But he knows it’s a tough battle to get people to change their eating habits.

“I also think those [junk foods], of course they taste very good. And of course all those companies make lots of money selling those things. They have lots of money to advertise. When you go to the Super Bowl, who are the sponsors? So, like I said, that’s the education that we get. That’s what we get brainwashed to believe, that all these things are just normal food groups, and this is what you should eat. And then when you get sick, these are the things you should take when you get sick. I like to try to avoid those things.

“Like I said, it’s a lot of philosophical things. I do try to convince — talk to my teammates all the time about lifestyle choice and how that may affect their career. And everyone has a different belief system on how they want their own career to go. Some guys just want to play two years, some guys want to play four years, some guys want to play eight years. Some guys like me want to play a lot longer than that, probably because they’ve been told all their whole life they could never play. Like I said, that is something that is motivating for me, to prove people wrong.

“That’s once again, as it relates to what you alluded to earlier, a lot of me trying to play and perform at a high level over a long period of time has to do with keeping my body in a right condition to be able to do that.”

Brady acknowledged that “I treat myself at certain times to the same things that you guys probably treat yourselves to,” but he’s worked to educate himself to find out what will keep his career lasting longer.

“Balance in all things in life is a good thing,” he said. “Obviously having your body in balance is really important. Certainly keeping your arm in good shape. And it kills me to see all these pitchers having Tommy John surgery, knowing that could be avoided. Hamstring pulls and groin injuries, so many of these things that I just shake my head and I go, I can’t believe that this still happens in today’s day and age. That’s why Alex and I started TB12, because I felt based on the care that I received over 10 years, I can’t — this is what my calling will be after football, is to educate people, and what it really takes.”

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On if he has extra motivation going up against the Colts: “The way to do that is to go score as many points as possible. And that takes a lot of execution, that takes a lot of communication with your teammates in practice. That’s what I’m focused on. That’s what I’m focused on every week. I think it would be a disservice to Mr. Kraft and Jonathan and our organization if I didn’t do that every week. I think I’ve tried to be very consistent over the course of my career on my attention to detail, my levelheadedness, my poise. I think that’s been a real positive for me. Now that we’re playing the Colts, for example, it’s not like, ‘All right, well, let’s go change now.’ Look, we’ve got a good thing going for a long time. And it has to do with all things that are football-related. And things that are about kind of our poise and our discipline, our execution. That’s what wins football games. Not what you say or what your talk is or the predictions you make. Like I said, those things don’t really matter in the end. …

“We’re going to do what we do every week. We’re going to prepare as hard as we can like we always do, and we’re going to go down and try to win a game. We’re going to try to score every time we touch the ball, just like every other time in every other game. It’s no different this week than it was last week or the week before. The better our execution is, the more points we’ll score. … I’m sure they’re going to be geared up. This is a big game for them, too. It’s Sunday Night Football. There’s going to be a high level of energy and emotion. We’re going to go out there and we’re going to try to play our very best. And that’s what it’s going to take.”

On how he’s feeling after taking a few big hits Sunday: “I feel good. I kind of trained all offseason to prepare myself for hits like that. He got me obviously from the back. And it wasn’t in the best position there. But it could have been a lot worse. I’m feeling good. … I feel great. I’ll be ready to go next Sunday. I’m excited about it.”

On Greg Hardy making a comment about Brady’s wife last week: “I kind of ignore whatever someone says, or the comments. I think that’s more for the people outside to talk about. He’s a great player, and he obviously played very well yesterday. The point of the game is to go down and win the game and score more points than the other team, and that’s what my sole objective is every single week. … Like I said, whatever people may say, or comments to the media, those things have very, very, very minimal impact on me or certainly my teammates.”

On Brady’s Deflategate suspension being the same length as Hardy’s: “I didn’t think about it much, truthfully. I didn’t think about his situation. I was just kind of focused on what I had to do. Those are all things that are out of my control at the end of the day. It’s kind of wasting a lot of energy for me. For you guys, that is your job. Those are the things you talk about. For me, it has nothing to do with my job. … The more you let other things affect you, the less opportunity, the less chance you have to do what your job, which ours is to play good football.”

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Jabaal Sheard (93) and Jamie Collins (91) made life miserable for the Cowboys all season. (Mike Stone/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, Texas -- Andrew Luck better be ready.



Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy made himself the biggest story of the week leading into the Patriots’ Week 5 matchup in Dallas.

ARLINGTON — As soon as Sunday’s 30-6 dispatch of the injury-depleted Cowboys was in the books and just before the team plane headed back to New England, the questions began.

How much will the Patriots be juiced up this week to play the Colts after their general manager Ryan Grigson lit a match and started the Deflategate inferno?

Greg Hardy sacked Tom Brady twice, but Brady got the last laugh. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Greg Hardy sacked Tom Brady twice, but Brady got the last laugh. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy made himself the biggest story of the week leading into the Patriots’ Week 5 matchup in Dallas.

Hardy was returning from a four-game suspension and in his first media appearance of the season, made comments about Tom Brady and hoping his wife Gisele Bundchen would attend the game. He also noted the last time he faced Brady, when he was with the Panthers, he sacked Brady and that was how he would want Sunday to go.

While he did finish with two sacks of Brady to go along with five tackles, he didn’t want to comment on what he said earlier in the week after the game.

“Any other questions?” Hardy said to reporters in the Cowboys locker room.

He was then made aware of his comments on sacking Brady and then he sacked him twice Sunday.

“Any other questions?” Hardy said again.

Brady finished the game 20-for-27 passing for 275 yards and two touchdowns, while adding another rushing touchdown in the Patriots’ 30-6 rout.

While he didn’t address his earlier comments, Hardy did compliment Brady and the Patriots’ offensive production.

“He’s a phenomenal player, man,” he said. “They had a great game today. Everyone was clicking on their team and they did what the usually do.”

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