Martellus Bennett has played through a lot this season, not missing a single game, and now we know what he’s been dealing with.

Martellus Bennett reportedly will need offseason ankle surgery. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Martellus Bennett reportedly will need offseason ankle surgery. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Martellus Bennett has played through a lot this season, not missing a single game, and now we know what he’s been dealing with.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Bennett has played this season with a cracked bone and bone chips in his ankle. The report also adds he will likely need surgery after the season.

Bennett was on the injury report every week with an ankle injury since Week 5, but came off last week prior to the divisional round. He was back on it this week with a knee injury suffered against the Texans.

Tom Brady noted his toughness and ability to play through pain earlier in the season.

“He’s been great,” Brady said in late November. “He’s been so productive for us and I really enjoy playing with him. You talk about a guy that’s been out at practice every day. I mean, he’s fought through a lot of stuff over the course of the year to be out there, trying to get better and improve. I think it shows a lot of mental toughness but it’s showing up with his ability to produce on the field.”

Bennett will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

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Ryan Hannable
The Colts have canned Ryan Grigson but will retain Chuck Pagano. The guys talk about the future of the team and who they'll look to hire as GM.

[0:00:31] ... is this a total PR move late it in 04 for the Indianapolis Colts Peyton Manning ready to take over as GM. Our number one and and number two. Does he want to take over. As GM right ...
[0:01:51] ... on the the board. And then he can't figure out why he's kitten run roughshod over by nobody's like Joan it's great and somebody's likely get a report so what does he do he says. He ...
[0:03:44] ... just isn't Andrew Luck is static if that is indeed the case Peyton Manning takes hold because he understands. Obviously what Andrew Luck is going through and that is going to be hot it has to be his top priority is to protect. Like Burt Reynolds and wanted to know what that protect your quarterback you know that's that's yeah that's what that. The big boy who's Manning ...





The Patriots will have a gameday roster decision to make in advance of Sunday’s AFC championship game.

Malcolm MItchell reportedly is expected to play against the Steelers. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Malcolm MItchell reportedly is expected to play against the Steelers. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots will have a gameday roster decision to make in advance of Sunday’s AFC championship game.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, rookie receiver Malcolm Mitchell will play against the Steelers after missing the last two games with a knee injury. The report also adds Chris Hogan (thigh) is good to go as well.

With Mitchell out against the Texans last weekend, the Patriots went with Hogan, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Michael Floyd. This could be altered a bit Sunday with Mitchell appearing to be ready to go.

It seems unlikely the team will have five receivers active against the Steelers because of other needs on the roster. Edelman and Hogan are locks to play. Mitchell is playing, according to Schefter, so this leaves the Patriots seemingly deciding between Amendola and Floyd for the last wide receiver roster spot.

Amendola returned last week from an ankle injury that kept him out of the last month of the season. He was the fourth receiver on the depth chart, but it’s hard to say if that was just a case of him working his way back and not ready for a full work load.

Floyd, who joined the Patriots in December, played in the last two regular season games before the playoff game. The former Cardinals receiver didn’t have the best of games last Saturday, as his chemistry with Tom Brady appeared a tick off. Brady led Floyd too much on one of his interceptions and there seemed to be some issues with Floyd’s breaks on routes.

This reporter sees the Patriots going with Amendola over Floyd because of Amendola’s chemistry with Brady (remember how important he was in the playoffs the last time the Patriots won the Super Bowl?) and the fact he has some special teams value returning punts. Floyd doesn’t have any special teams value.

Ultimately, the final decision will be known around 5:10 p.m. Sunday when inactives are released.

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Ryan Hannable
Pete, Price and Thornton get in to the X's and O's and start to break down the key players and match-ups later today between the Patriots and Steelers.

[0:01:12] ... know while there was there was some question. But it happening it's Super Bowl 49 penalty to directly impacted the that the patriots are good you were traveling part of themselves but and excusing it but ...
[0:03:31] ... I'm very ago. And I don't affect it every square foot old real estate in the world now. Is covered somewhere by a security camera exact language and it's not 1978. It's not like you know ...
[0:07:11] ... keep going back to the the nightmare scenario in the in the Super Bowl. Chris Matthews. And nobody ever heard of and the patriots were well literally incapable. Of defended him until. They've brought to you ...
[0:10:19] ... that you have to such guys. You know. You know granted to James White that's that's his job that that's that's a soldier up with Lois he does a policy runs between the tackles so I ...






The boys chat about how great Logan Ryan has been as of late and if it's going to really allow him to cash in on the free agent market.

[0:02:16] ... So. He's he's number one. And it because that'd be in the total package. And I wanna see him healthy for sixteen games it is. As a guy to follow a guy who blocks a guy ...
[0:04:01] ... guys talk about other options. Four other viable options possibly for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the patriots who we should be looking out for prosecuted to the Indianapolis colts' situation. And that mess that went on over there has paid Manning about to become the new way GM and it's all ...




Tom Curran calls the boys to break down the AFC Champ later today. He talks about some of the key match-ups and how the Pats will look to play a solid Steelers offense. He also gets into the Antonio Brown/Facebook live stuff and what is going on in the Pitt locker room. Curran also talks about why he doesn't care about Roger Goodell coming to Gillette, his predictions for both games today and more.
Ben Roethislberger will face Tom Brady in the AFC title game. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports)

Ben Roethislberger will face Tom Brady in the AFC title game. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots and Steelers will meet Sunday night at Gillette Stadium for a chance to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

The two teams faced off in Week 7 in Pittsburgh, but the Patriots came away with a 27-16 win. It should be noted the the Steelers had Landry Jones at quarterback as Ben Roetlisberger was out with a shoulder injury.

Here are WEEI.com’s predictions for the game.

Chris Price: Patriots 38, Steelers 28

The Pittsburgh front seven is really impressive, and if they can break tradition and throw a bit of a curveball at the Patriots by generating pressure from a few different spots than usual (namely up the middle), they could make things a little dicey for Tom Brady. But the combination of a deep passing attack and a steady and consistent running game will prove to be too much, especially when it comes to the back end of that Steelers’ defense. Antonio Brown goes 8-85-1, but New England is able to do a good job minimizing Le’Veon Bell.

Mike Petraglia: Patriots 34, Steelers 17

Patriots carve up the Steelers secondary. Tom Brady bounces back with three touchdowns.

Ryan Hannable: Patriots 24, Steelers 20

This game may not be as high-scoring as some may think. The defenses are not getting the credit they deserve, which is likely due to the lack of competition down the stretch for both teams. In the end, Tom Brady will lean on Julian Edelman and the Patriots will come away with a win that comes down to the final five minutes.

John Tomase: Patriots 31, Steelers 20

The Steelers do what they do defensively, and Tom Brady has an answer for all of it.

Scott McLaughlin: Patriots 27, Steelers 20

Patriots’ defensive game plan contains Le’Veon Bell while Steelers’ defense doesn’t have much of an answer for Tom Brady and company.

Ty Anderson: Patriots 38, Steelers 30

It’s tough to imagine Tom Brady looking as uncomfortable as he did against the Texans for the second week in a row. But it’s even tougher to imagine the Pittsburgh defense executing a similar gameplan. The three-headed monster of Ben-Bell-Brown will have their say and it’ll show, but I’ll take the Patriots to make that one big stop when they need it.

Alex Reimer: Patriots 31, Steelers 17

While the Patriots’ defense is untested against elite offenses, they won’t be facing one when the Steelers come to town Sunday. Ben Roethlisberger is a mediocre quarterback on the road and will struggle to put points up on the board. Tom Brady will carve up the Steelers’ defense, like he usually does, and lead the Patriots to their seventh Super Bowl since 2001.

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WEEI
The guys break down the NFC Champ between the Packers and Falcons and give their predictions on the game. Pete brings up the impact of Le'Veon Bell and what he brings to the table while the boys discuss how the Pats will look to limit him today.