The Patriots will kick the tires on another veteran tight end this week, as they will reportedly work out Visanthe Shiancoe on Wednesday in Foxboro, according to Steve Wyche of the NFL Network. The 32-year-old Shiancoe has been in the league for nine seasons, including the last five with the Vikings. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Shiancoe has 243 catches for 2,677 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns in the NFL career, including 56 catches for 566 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2009, his best year as a pro.

The Patriots have agreed to terms with rookie linebacker Dont'a Hightower, according to Pro Football Talk, making him the final member of New England's draft class to sign.

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Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, allegedly was involved in a fight outside a Lincoln, Neb., bar on April 21, reportedly was granted a continuance in his case on Tuesday, according to a report in the Lincoln Journal Star/HuskerExtra.com, which will push his trial date to December.

Per multiple reports, the Patriots and Wes Welker have not been able to reach an agreement on a long-term deal before the Monday deadline, and the receiver will now play out the 2012 season under his franchise tag of roughly $9.5 million.

According to a report from ESPNBoston.com, it is unlikely that Wes Welker and the Patriots will agree on a contract extension by Monday, the deadline for franchise-tagged players.

According to the Associated Press, Junior Seau's family has donated some of the late linebacker's brain tissue to research. 

There had been plenty of speculation as to what would happen to Seau's brain, as questions  were raised as to whether head injuries led to his apparent suicide. The former Patriots linebacker shot himself in the chest in May.

Seau was 43 years old at the time of his death. He had been retired for two years. 

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft addressed the viral audition video of he and actress Ricki Noel Lander's in which he reads lines from an upcoming Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson film. Kraft has been seen with Lander in public and has called her his "pal."

In the video, which spread vastly throughout the internet this week, Kraft reads Wilson's lines with Lander, who is wearing a bikini. Among the lines said by Kraft are "Nut up or move on" and "[expletive] you, [expletive]."

The Patriots announced Monday that individual game tickets for the 2012 season will go on sale July 17. All tickets will be available through Ticketmaster, starting at 10 a.m., and can only be purchased with a Visa credit card (Visa is an NFL sponsor). No tickets will be sold at the Gillette Stadium ticket office.

Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft said he believes it’s time for the NFL to have a team overseas.

“I personally think we should have a franchise in London, and that is something I am going to push for,” said Kraft, speaking as part of a promotional tour in advance of the Patriots-Rams game in England on Oct. 28. “I think I said that the last time we were over here in 2009 and before this next decade is out, I hope we have a team here. I think that would be right for the NFL, and this fan base has proven they deserve it.”