Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib has bowed out of the Pro Bowl, and will be replaced by New York’s Antonio Cromartie.

FOXBORO — Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount slowly removed items from his locker and into a trash bag Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours after his team was eliminated from the playoffs following their 26-16 loss to the Broncos in the AFC championship game.

Monday could be the last time Blount sets foot in the Patriots locker room as the 27-year-old is now a free agent, but that doesn’€™t mean Blount isn’€™t open to a return with New England.

Patriots receiver and special teams Pro Bowler Matthew Slater checked in with Mut & Merloni on Monday to offer his take on Sunday’s loss to the Broncos in the AFC championship game and the controversy surrounding Wes Welker‘s off-the-ball hit on Aqib Talib.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his final appearance of the season on WEEI’s Patriots Monday with Dennis & Callahan and discussed the team’s disappointing performance in Sunday’s AFC championship game. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

FOXBORO — Less than 18 hours after the Patriots’€™ season-ending loss to the Broncos, Bill Belichick had a chance to re-watch some of the game, including the play in which Denver wide receiver Wes Welker hit Patriots cornerback

DENVER -- Bill Belichick didn’t want to stop talking.



DENVER -- It hasn't happened often in their 15 epic encounters, but Peyton Manning outplayed Tom Brady, and it was the difference in the AFC championship game.



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DENVER — This was not Tom Brady‘s finest hour.

He knows more than anyone that when you don’t put points up early on the road in a playoff game, you’re in big trouble.

Sunday it was the difference as the Patriots fell behind 10-0 and 13-3 at the half and could never recover as the Patriots fell, 26-16.

DENVER — Wes Welker said he wasn’t trying to knock Aqib Talib out of the game when the two collided in the first half of Sunday’s AFC title game.

DENVER — Julian Edelman got dressed slowly in front of his locker before slowly turning around to face the media.