According to the Boston Herald, the sack of Tom Brady by Justin Tuck in the third quarter of the Super Bowl aggravated a pre-existing left shoulder sprain. However, the Herald reports that the injury was not considered major.

From the report:

Despite the fact that the Patriots are only a few days removed from the Super Bowl, they already have a laundry list of things to address in the coming months. Here are 10 points of emphasis for the franchise:



Former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison hammered Rob Gronkowski on Wednesday, saying the young tight end “disrespected himself” by taking off his shirt and dancing at a team party after New England’s Super Bowl loss to the Giants.

“I guarantee you this, if Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi, Larry Izzo, Richard Seymour or myself had been at that party, [Gronkowski] probably would have got his head rung,” Harrison told ESPN Chicago Radio 1000. “There’s no reason for that to happen.

Sports Illustrated senior NFL writer Peter King joined Mut & Merloni Wednesday afternoon to talk about the affected legacies from Super Bowl XLVI, the recent Hall of Fame vote and what defensive players the Patriots would be smart to look at in free agency.

Now three days removed from the Patriots falling short of their fourth Super Bowl title in the last 12 years, King said that several legacies were impacted by New England's loss to the Giants, most notably that of Eli Manning. The legacy of Bill Belichick was diminished by the loss, according to King.

Former Patriot and current NFL Network analyst Heath Evans joined Mut & Merloni Wednesday to discuss New England's Super Bowl loss to the Giants.

The play everyone is still talking about is Wes Welker's dropped pass with just over four minutes to play in the game. Evans said Tom Brady's pass was where it needed to be, but Welker should get a break because of his track record.

Steve DeOssie joined The Big Show Tuesday to discuss the hot water he got himself into with Patriots fans over a video that emerged from a party for Giants fans.

DeOssie, who played for both the Giants and the Patriots, is the father of Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie. While at a party for Giants' fans prior to the Super Bowl, DeOssie said that his home was with the Giants and that he had difficulty working in New England as a Patriots analyst. 

Patriots running back Kevin Faulk, who has spent all 13 of his NFL seasons with the Patriots after being selected by the team in the second round of the 1999 draft, said (via twitter) that he has not decided yet whether he will retire.

Tweeted Faulk: Good afternoon everyone, been seeing the question thrown around if I m retiring. As right now can t say yes and can t say no.

Less than 24 hours after a final Hail Mary attempt came up short at the end of Super Bowl XLVI, the Patriots opened the offseason with a series of goodbyes at Gillette Stadium.



FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday at Gillette Stadium that Josh McDaniels will succeed Bill O'Brien as the team's offensive coordinator. McDaniels, who held the position with the Patriots from 2006-2008, and after stops in Denver and St. Louis, was brought back as an offensive assistant prior to the playoffs, as the Rams did not intend to keep him. 

"Josh," Belichick said when asked about the position.

O'Brien was hired last month as head coach at Penn State. He had been with the Patriots since 2007.

The Patriots' Super Bowl loss to the Giants on Sunday night drew a TV viewership rating of 47.8, a tenth of a point off last year's game and the third-highest overnight rating in Super Bowl history. The Giants-Broncos Super Bowl in 1987 and last year's game between the Packers and Steelers both posted overnight ratings of 47.9.

A rating equals a percentage of households with TVs in the market that were tuned into the game.

Sunday night's game peaked at a 51.8 from 9:30-10 p.m., when the Giants drove down the field for the game-winning touchdown.