Rob Gronkowski pronounced himself ready to play on Monday, but in a conference call with the media Tuesday afternoon, Patriots coach Bill Belichick sounded hesitant when it came to giving a thumbs up on the playing status of the tight en

Defensive end Chandler Jones checked in with the Middays with MFB show on Tuesday, as the Patriots start planning for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Patriots receiver Julian Edelman stopped by for a visit with the Middays with MFB crew on Tuesday to preview Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Dolphins in Miami.

Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning as the Patriots prepare for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Dolphins in Miami.

The Patriots waived guard Chris Barker and received defensive back Don Jones on waivers on Monday.

Jones is a 24-year-old strong safety who played in 16 games last season with Miami — the 5-foot-11, 205-pounder finished the year with 10 tackles and one forced fumble.

FOXBORO — The replacement for Ryan Mallett is officially on the practice squad.

FOXBORO — All eligible players were accounted for at Patriots practice in shorts and shells on Monday on the upper grass fields as the team got a head start on the season opener this Sunday in Miami.

FOXBORO — It’s not often that a player gets to break news but Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski broke some big news Monday before practice.

Patriots fans don't have to go far in the NFL history books to find a point of comparison when it comes to the departure of Logan Mankins via a trade to the Buccaneers last week.



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The Patriots have added quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson to the practice squad, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.