FOXBORO — All week the Patriots have waited for this moment. Their chance to prove to critics, the league and most importantly themselves that they are not as bad as the last two weeks would seem is finally here.

Is Tom Brady quickly approaching a breaking point with the Patriots?

On ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” Chris Mortensen reported that Brady’s role in the offense has been diminished and he’s expressing his frustration within the organization.

Prior to Sunday’s matchup with Cincinnati the Patriots have waived wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins and activated linebacker Ja’Gared Davis from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, per the NFL transaction wire.

FOXBORO — Defensive back and special teamer Nate Ebner and offensive lineman Cameron Fleming have been ruled out for Sunday night’s game against the Bengals.

But the real news of the day from the injury report came in the form of the addition of rookie defensive lineman Dominique Easley, who was limited and is questionable with a knee injury.


FOXBORO — Bill Belichick is clearing Aaron Dobson completely of any wrongdoing with his offensive coordinator.

FOXBORO — For a third straight day, Nate Ebner and Cameron Fleming were the only two players not spotted at the start of Patriots practice on Friday outside Gillette Stadium.

FOXBORO — In a move that hardly comes as a surprise, Patriots players have elected special teams captain Matthew Slater as their Players Association player rep to handle all matters between the union and the team.

NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison joined Dennis & Callahan on Friday to discuss the Patriots and their upcoming game against the Bengals.

FOXBORO — Bill Belichick is denying that there’s any disciplinary issues going on with Aaron Dobson.