Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reported last night that Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler was held out of the first two weeks of Organized Team Activities because he showed up late to the initial session.

Butler caught a late flight to New England, which was delayed by weather and caused him to be late on the first day. Because of this, the coaching staff decided to not allow Butler to practice for the first several weeks. Butler was present in all meetings and other activities, he was just not allowed to practiced.

Bill Belichick has a history of sending players home who show up late to meetings or practices. This punishment is longer than previous ones in length, but is also a chance to send a message to a player that has been praised as a hero all offseason. The message seems to have been received, as Butler was back out on the field this yesterday.


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The Patriots released linebacker Brandon Spikes on Monday, just one day after a car registered to him was found abandoned on I-495 following an accident.

Spikes, who had-resigned with the team 23 days ago, was getting top reps during Organized Team Activities. The goal for the team was to have Spikes play meaningful snaps in 2015, but now the Patriots will rely on Dont’a Hightower, Jerod Mayo, Jamie Collins, and Dane Fletcher. Hightower and Collins both played well last year, but Mayo is coming off two injury plagued seasons and Fletcher is more of  a rotational player.

It was clear that when signed Spikes would be on a “short leash” as some of his behavior, although there were no major incidents, led to him and the team parting ways. Things seemed to change when he was brought back, with Spikes saying he wanted to “show” Bill Belichick that he had changed.

He will not get that chance, however. It remains to be seen if another team will sign Spikes, but it is likely teams will wait for the police investigation of the incident to be completed.

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The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

Rob Gronkowski, his father, and brothers will be competing on Celebrity Family Feud this summer.

Gronk’s brother, Chris, called into the Toucher and Rich Show on 98.5 the Sports Hub to announce the appearance on the game show. Continue reading Rob Gronkowski, Family To Appear on Celebrity Family Feud »

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Appearing on Boston radio stations Tuesday, free agent wide receiver Wes Welker would not rule out a return to the Patriots:

“I think there are a handful of teams that are definitely an option,” he said. “If the right situation comes up and everything kind of pieces together then I’ll definitely play again. … I don’t think there’s any hard feelings there [with Bill Belichick]. Definitely not from my side and I don’t think from his either. I’ve never ruled that out.” Continue reading Wes Welker Not Ruling Out Return to Patriots, Offers Take on Deflategate »

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Joe Namath

Super Bowl XLIX may have come and gone but the unforeseen twist at the end of that game is probably still making some Seahawks’ fans, and their quarterback Russell Wilson, a bit queasy. When the Patriots’ Malcolm Butler intercepted a pass intended for the Seahawks’ Ricardo Lockette with less than :30 left in the game at the Patriots’ 1-yard line, he ushered in a surprise ending few fans saw coming, especially since Super Bowl games are often disappointingly devoid of true sports drama.

Regardless of whether you feel a residual sting or a lingering jubilation over New England’s besting of Seattle this past February, here are seven other Super Bowl games that contained an unforgettable surprise. Continue reading 7 of the Biggest Super Bowl Surprises Ever »

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On Tuesday former Patriot, Willie McGinest, was voted to join the Patriots Hall of Fame. He beat out cornerback, Raymond Clayborn, and offensive tackle, Leon Gray, who were both on the ballot for their second time. It was McGinest’s first time on the ballot. He is the 24th player to be elected to the Hall.

McGinest played for New England for 12 seasons, winning three Super Bowl’s during his time. McGinest was drafted in 1994 and was picked fourth in the first round. Continue reading Willie McGinest gets voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame »

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NFL: Houston Texans-Training Camp

The NFL announced yesterday that the Houston Texans will be on this season’s version on Hard Knocks. Hard Knocks is an HBO series that chronicles an NFL team through training camp each season. The series focuses on all aspects of an NFL team coming together, from roster cuts to preseason games to the first day of training camp.

The Texans being on Hard Knocks will have a bit of a New England flavor to it as defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, head coach Bill O’Brien, and quarterback Ryan Mallett all reside in Houston. Romeo Crennel, the three time Super Bowl champion as New England’s defensive coordinator, will also be on the show, he serves the same position with Houston.

Patriots fans will get their first glimpse of Wilfork in another uniform and get to see if one of Tom Brady’s former backups, Mallett, can win the starting job. O’Brien should also be interesting to watch as many former Bill Belichick coordinators have failed as head coaches in the NFL. Considering the Patriots will likely never be featured on the show, this will give fans a chance to see some semblance of how a Patriots camp might look from the inside.

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