FOXBORO — Tom Brady has always insisted on playing as much as he can, even when the circumstance and better judgment might seem to call for Bill Belichick to sit him.

The debate always comes up in blowout wins in the fourth quarter, end-of-season games when the Patriots have their playoff spot already wrapped up and the fourth preseason game.

Thursday night is that third situation for Brady and the Patriots. And nothing has changed, at least in Brady’s mind. He expects to play some against the Giants.

In the new issue of Rolling Stone, a story on Aaron Hernandez alleges the former Patriots tight end was a heavy user of angel dust and had become so paranoid as a result he carried a gun wherever he went.

FOXBORO — A day after being spotted doing agility drills on the lower practice field, Rob Gronkowski was not spotted anywhere on the grass complex Tuesday afternoon as the team worked out in full pads for a second straight day.

The Patriots continued their preparation for the Giants this Thursday night at Gillette in the final preseason game before the season opener Sept. 8 in Buffalo.

FOXBORO –- The Patriots released tight end Evan Landi and defensive lineman Anthony Rashad White to meet the NFL-mandatory 75-man roster limit before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Quite simply, this is a week where a lot of dreams will die.

With his team back in Foxboro, the effort to put Thursday night’s embarrassing 40-9 loss to the Lions began the moment the Patriots landed early Friday morning.

During his weekly post-game conference call, Bill Belichick explained what he took from the film he watched after the game.

So, are you a glass-is-half-full individual? If so, you’re encouraged by the sight of rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins coming away with eight catches for 116 yards, as well as the sight of the Patriots No. 1 defense -- without Vince Wilfork -- playing very well when it counted.

It was almost as if everything came too easy for Tom Brady and the Patriots in the first two preseason games.

The starting quarterback was 18-for-20 for 172 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a nearly-perfect 135.8 QB rating. They blew out Philadelphia, 31-22, and handled Tampa Bay, 25-21. 



After watching his team get demolished by the Lions, 40-9, Thursday night in their third preseason game, Bill Belichick said there was nothing positive he could take from the effort at Ford Field.

He pointed to the four first-half turnovers in their first five possessions that doomed any potential momentum from the first-team offense.

The Patriots suffered their first loss of the preseason Thursday night in Detroit, dropping a 40-9 decision to the Lions.