Dion Lewis reportedly will be ready for the season-opener in Arizona. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Dion Lewis reportedly will be ready for the season-opener in Arizona. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

It appears everything is going well for Patriots running back Dion Lewis.

After tearing his ACL Nov. 8 last year against the Redskins, Lewis’ recovery is going well according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

Reiss adds some close to the running back feel if the regular season was in a month, he would be able to play. This obviously means he’s on track for the season opener Sept. 11 in Arizona.

He also adds the team is taking a “patient and conservative approach” with him, but that is the case with many players at this time of the year as there is no need to rush anything with the start of the season months away.

In seven games last year, Lewis rushed for 234 yards on 49 carries and two touchdowns, while catching 36 passes for 388 yards and two touchdowns. The offense had trouble adjusting once he went down.

Besides Lewis, the Patriots have LeGarrette Blount, James White, Brandon Bolden, Donald Brown, D.J. Foster and Tyler Gaffney on the running back depth chart.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Almost 500 days after Deflategate first broke, the battle between Tom Brady and Roger Goodell continues to rage on.</p>
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The Patriots have been installed as the early favorites to win the AFC East, per Bovada.

New England’s odds to win the division have been put at 5/11. That easily outpaces the rest of the field — Buffalo and the New York Jets are both at 21/4, while Miami is at 8/1.

The Patriots have been installed as the early favorites to win the AFC East, per Bovada.

New England’s odds to win the division have been put at 5/11. That easily outpaces the rest of the field — Buffalo and the New York Jets are both at 21/4, while Miami is at 8/1.

When it comes to the rest of the AFC, Bovada has Pittsburgh (5/4) and Indy (5/4) as the favorites in the AFC North and South. Denver and Kansas City are both listed at 9/5 to win the AFC West. In the NFC, it’s Dallas (7/4), Green Bay (2/3), Carolina (1/2) and Seattle (10/11) as the top choices to win their divisions.

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Christopher Price

When asked about quarterback Tom Brady appealing his Deflategate suspension Monday night at Rob Ninkovich’s ping pong charity event at Blazing Paddles outside Fenway Park, Rob Gronkowski gave a typical Rob Gronkowski answer.

NECN’s Kathryn Sotnik approached Gronkowski as he walked into the event and asked what his thoughts were on Brady appealing his suspension.

When asked about quarterback Tom Brady appealing his Deflategate suspension Monday night at Rob Ninkovich’s ping pong charity event at Blazing Paddles outside Fenway Park, Rob Gronkowski gave a typical Rob Gronkowski answer.

NECN’s Kathryn Sotnik approached Gronkowski as he walked into the event and asked what his thoughts were on Brady appealing his suspension.

“He’s sexy,” Gronkowski replied.

Inside at the event, Ninkovich took a different approach when asked about the saga.

“What’s that? I don’t even know. I’m just here having fun with my teammates,” he said.

Below is video of Sotnik’s interaction with Gronkowski (fast forward to :50 mark).

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Both the NFLPA and Tom Brady’s legal team have issued statements in the wake of their filing a petition for a rehearing of his suspension case against the NFL before the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith: “This Union has always stood for protecting the rights of our members. Our filing of this appeal today on behalf of Tom Brady and all NFL players is no different. He was not afforded fundamental fairness and due process as guaranteed by the collective bargaining agreement and case law. We also know that the NFL propped up a now completely de-bunked ‘independent’ report with a made-up standard as the basis for his suspension. For sixty years we have affirmed the right to seek redress for our members and we will always hold the NFL accountable.”

Former US Solicitor General and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Partner Theodore Olson: “The divided panel of the Second Circuit reached erroneous legal conclusions under an unfair and unjust standard. The decision and the standards it imposes are damaging and unfair — not only to Tom Brady — but to all parties to collective bargaining agreements everywhere. Commissioner Goodell cannot sit as an appellate arbitrator and then affirm the league’s initial disciplinary decision based upon a new theory and imagined evidence and pretend to be an unbiased decision-maker.” 

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

Tom Brady’s legal team officially filed their petition late Monday afternoon for a rehearing of his suspension case against the NFL before the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.

Tom Brady and his legal team filed its appeal Monday afternoon. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Tom Brady and his legal team filed its appeal Monday afternoon. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Tom Brady’s legal team officially filed their petition late Monday afternoon for a rehearing of his suspension case against the NFL before the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.

Brady’s attorneys, including former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson, have petitioned for a rehearing “en banc,” which is fundamentally a request for all of the active judges on the second circuit to rehear the case.

There is no timeline for the court to decide whether or not it will rehear the case — according to many legal experts, the decision usually takes somewhere in the neighborhood of one month.

If the court accepts the petition, there would be a stay of Brady’s four-game suspension until the new ruling, and he’d be eligible to play.

If the court chooses not to rehear the case, Brady could petition the U.S. Supreme Court and ask for a stay of the second circuit decision. If the second circuit doesn’t grant a stay, Brady and his lawyers can ask for a stay of the decision from the Supreme Court.

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Christopher Price

NFLPA chief De Maurice Smith was on “The Dan Patrick Show” Monday, and had some harsh words for Roger Goodell and his handling of Deflategate.

First, he was asked about Goodell’s ability to be a neutral arbitrator:

He also touched on what he called the intellectual hypocrisy and the “general awareness” claim from the league.

And he also commented on a settlement offer that was made by Tom Brady.

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Christopher Price