Former Patriots fullback Kevin Turner was recently diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, according to a report by the Boston Globe. Turner is the 14th NFL player to be struck with the disease since 1960. He played three seasons in New England from 1992-94 and caught 52 passes out of the backfield in 1994 before moving on to the Eagles organization the following year.

 

Former Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel lashed out at Bill Belichick on Friday, accused the New England coach of having “a thing for me,” and adding that Belichick planned to sit him out for a 2006 game against the Bears despite the fact that Samuel was healthy and ready to play.

In an interview with the The News Journal of Delaware, Samuel — who ended up playing in that game and coming away with three interceptions — said Belichick “had something against me” over the course of his five-year career in New England.

Even though Aaron Hernandez only has two preseason games on his professional resume, it’s clear the Patriots have never had a pass-catcher this unique.



The Patriots improved to 2-0 on the preseason on Thursday night by defeating the Falcons, 28-10. Tom Brady completed 5-of-8 passes for 67 yards on the night. The show seemed to be stolen by the veteran running backs, the rookie tight ends, and the return on Wes Welker.

 

The Patriots left 13 players behind when they departed for Atlanta this week. With the Pats set to face the Falcons in their second pre-season game, the following players are inactive: Linebackers Gary Guyton, Tully Banta-Cain, Jermaine Cunningham, Thomas Williams and Dane Fletcher, receivers Darnell Jenkins, and Matthew Slater, defensive backs Terrence Johnson, Bret Lockett, Josh Barrett and Leigh Bodden, offensive linemen Nick Kaczur, Logan Mankins, and George Bussey, and defensive lineman Damione Lewis. 

 

Wide receiver Wes Welker is in full uniform as the Patriots go through pregame activities before Thursday night's game vs. Atlanta. It is still not known if Welker will play in the contest, but if he does it will be his first game action since his ACL injury in the regular season finale January 3 at Houston.

 

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With the preseason ready to go from Week 1 to Week 2, the focus starts to shift from examining single-game performances to expecting a level of consistency.



The Patriots and wide receiver Torry Holt have decided to go their separate ways. According to multiple reports, New England has reached an injury settlement with the veteran, which allows Holt to essentially become a free agent. The Patriots placed Holt, who signed with the franchise in the offseason, on injured reserve with a knee injury late last week. He will undergo surgery for the unspecified injury this week, and is now free to join another team later in the season if he chooses.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff joined the Dale & Holley show Wednesday with a progressive attitude toward the future of the NFL and satisfaction with the team's joint practices with the Patriots.