Phil Simms likes the look of the Patriots' secondary. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Phil Simms likes the look of the Patriots’ secondary. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Analyst Phil Simms, who will be calling the AFC championship game Sunday with Jim Nantz on CBS, said one of the most impressive things about the Patriots is their defense.

“If I remember right, the New England Patriots are the number one scoring defense in the NFL. It is the most overlooked thing there is. Their defensive secondary is the most underrated group in the league. Maybe of all positions,” he said Wednesday in a conference call with the media. “They have big guys strictly for the run. They have small linebackers now to catch up with today’s pass-happy offense. And they have tremendous cover guys and three safeties that are as good as any three safeties you want to talk about in football. All these variables on both sides of the ball are why we see New England once again in the championship game.

“It’s hard to get big plays on them,” Simms added. “The NFL is about big plays, and New England gives up very few of them.”

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Christopher Price

Bart Scott is always good for a quote or two about the Patriots.

On CBS Sports Radio with Damon Amendolara, Scott discussed Steelers coach Mike Tomlin calling the Patriots a-holes in Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video.

Bart Scott had some interesting comparisons for the Patriots. (Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports)

Bart Scott had some interesting comparisons for the Patriots. (Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports)

Bart Scott is always good for a quote or two about the Patriots.

On CBS Sports Radio with Damon Amendolara, Scott discussed Steelers coach Mike Tomlin calling the Patriots a-holes in Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video.

“That speaks to what he thinks about them,” Scott said. “I don’t think that is about anybody, no. He looks at the Patriots like pretty much the rest of the league looks at them like Duke. You kind of hate Duke.

“Everybody hates Duke because they think they are some arrogant you-know-what’s and they have this bravado. They are like the kids in the playground that you are cracking jokes [about]. … That is how they come off to the majority of the league as smug, arrogant and they can have a sense of quiet, but they try to be humble and you know they are not.”

Scott doesn’t think Tomlin would make that comment about any team and that it was specific to the Patriots.

“If they were facing the Ravens they wouldn’t have said that and they hate the Ravens,” he said. “It is a difference because no matter how much you hate the Ravens, you respect the way they do business because they are mirror images of each other. It is like, ‘Alright, we know what is going on.’ He would say, ‘We know what time it is, put your big boy pants on. It’s going to be physical. We’re going to need to hit them in the mouth.’ It would be something like that. It wouldn’t be a-holes.”

Scott was then asked if the Steelers respect the Patriots?

“They do, but they hate them,” he said. “It’s like fighting a dork, somebody that you hate. I am serious. I am not even trying to be funny. People are like, ‘I hate Christian Laettner.’ Yeah, he was great and talented, but he got under your skin because there was a sense of arrogance.

“Look at when the Ravens played them and they came out with, ‘Well, you guys need to know the rules. We’re smarter than everybody.’ It’s like that whole type of arrogance thing that makes you want to punch them in the face.”

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Maybe it wasn’t as big of a deal as some were making it.

Julian Edelman clarified his past comments on the Steelers' Facebook Live video. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Julian Edelman clarified his past comments on the Steelers’ Facebook Live video. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Maybe it wasn’t as big of a deal as some were making it.

On Monday, following Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video from inside the Steelers locker room being posted the night before, Julian Edelman was asked about it on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria.

“Hey, people have different rules,” he said. “That’s how that team is run. I personally don’t think that would be something that would happen in our locker room, but hey whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses, whatever.”

Some took issue with the “how that team is run” line and on a conference call with the Pittsburgh media on Wednesday clarified his thoughts on the Steelers organization.

“Yeah, I mean I think it was taken out of context,” Edelman said. “I have nothing but respect for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They’re an unbelievable franchise. It starts from the top with the Rooney Family, Coach [Mike] Tomlin, I think they just mis[interpreted] – I mean, I don’t know, I may have said it, but I think more of that was that it’s not the way we would do it here. That’s just how that goes. There was no maliciousness about it, but it’s whatever. That’s what the media does, try to make stories.”

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — On Tuesday night Antonio Brown issued an apology via Twitter for his Facebook Live video, and on Wednesday he spoke to the media for the first time.

Antonio Brown explained why he took a Facebook Live video from the locker room. (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

Antonio Brown explained why he took a Facebook Live video from the locker room. (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — On Tuesday night Antonio Brown issued an apology via Twitter for his Facebook Live video, and on Wednesday he spoke to the media for the first time.

“I absolutely regret the Facebook Live situation,” Brown told reporters in Pittsburgh. “It’s a total distraction to the organization. A total distraction to my teammates. Obviously disrespect to my coach. I’ve got utmost respect to my coach so I totally regret that.”

The Steelers receiver was asked why he did it.

“I’m human. I make mistakes. But as a man I own up to those mistakes. I was excited in the moment and wanted to give the fans the experience after the game,” Brown said.

It’s been reported Brown has a contract with Facebook, but said, “it’s top secret.”

There’s a chance Brown could be fined by the NFL for violating the league’s social media policy, but he didn’t offer much on that.

“That will be between me and the NFL,” he said.

Brown and the Steelers will travel to Foxboro for Sunday’s AFC title game.

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FOXBORO — Wide receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan were part of a seven-player group that were listed as limited in Wednesday’s practice for the Patriots. Hogan is dealing with a thigh injury he sustained in Saturday’s divisional playoff win over the Texans, while Mitchell has been sidelined as of late with a knee issue.

Malcolm Mitchell was limited at practice on Wednesday. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Malcolm Mitchell was limited at practice on Wednesday. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Wide receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan were part of a seven-player group that were listed as limited in Wednesday’s practice for the Patriots. Hogan is dealing with a thigh injury he sustained in Saturday’s divisional playoff win over the Texans, while Mitchell has been sidelined as of late with a knee issue.

Limited Participation
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont’a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)

Here’s a look at the Steelers’ injury report.

Did Not Participate
RB Le’Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (illness)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)

Limited Participation
LB Anthony Chicikllo (ankle)
TE Ladarius Green (concussion)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)

Full Participation
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
DE Ricardo Matthews (ankle)
RB Fitzgerald Toussant (concussion)

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Christopher Price