Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined Dennis & Callahan on Patriots Monday (on a Tuesday) for his first weekly interview of the season, touching on a number of topics. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Carl Cheffers has been announced as the referee for Thursday’s contest between the Patriots and Steelers, according to Footballzebras.com.

To counteract any attempts to jam him off the line, look for the Patriots and Rob Gronkowski to try and find some mismatches in the Steelers' secondary. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)FOXBORO -- Sure.



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FOXBORO — There’s no one on the planet more excited for Thursday night than Rob Gronkowski.

FOXBORO — Patriots starting center Bryan Stork missed practice Monday due to a concussion. As NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport first reported, he is being treated under the NFL’s concussion protocol.

It’s been a rough week for Patriots starting center Bryan Stork.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the second-year offensive lineman was put in the NFL’s concussion protocol program after practicing Saturday in full pads.

The center missed all of preseason with an undisclosed injury before returning to practice on Saturday in full pads.

FOXBORO — The Patriots were back out on the upper grass practice fields in shorts and shells Monday afternoon, working on Labor Day to get ready for the Steelers in the season opener Thursday night at Gillette Stadium.

NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent, one of the driving forces behind the proposed punishment for Tom Brady regarding Deflategate, said Monday that when it came to the scandal and the ensuing fallout, he hopes the process will serve as a teachable moment for the league office.

Tom Brady was very reflective in talking to local reporters for the first time Sunday afternoon.