Gronkowski, Love, Spikes missing from Wednesday walkthrough


Gronkowski, Love, Spikes missing from Wednesday walkthrough

FOXBORO -- The Patriots were missing Kyle Love, Rob Gronkowski, and Brandon Spikes at Wednesday's walkthrough.

It's good news for New England that cornerbacks Aqib Talib (hip) and Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring), both injured during Monday night's game against Houston, were at the mid-week session.
As for the three absences, at least one is obvious: Rob Gronkowski is still working to come back from the broken forearm he suffered against the Colts. Head coach Bill Belichick said only that the tight end is "day-to-day."
Spikes had "knee" added next to his name on last week's injury report. He was already listed because of a bad ankle, but has been merely limited.
It's possible Love was missing because his wife is due to give birth to their first child. The knee injury that has limited him in past weeks hasn't held him out of any games.
Deion Branch and wide receiverpunt returner Tony Logan, officially signed Wednesday, were both with the team.

Belichick shares Pearl Harbor thoughts on 75th anniversary of the attack


Belichick shares Pearl Harbor thoughts on 75th anniversary of the attack

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick's connection to the Navy has been well-chronicled in this space and others, and so it comes as little surprise that he gladly took the opportunity to discuss Pearl Harbor and its aftermath when given the opportunity during a press conference Wednesday, the 75th anniversary of the attack. 

"Yeah, pretty big day in our history," Belichick said. "Certainly in Naval history. But for me, the lesson on Pearl Harbor, and for us as a team and individually, I'd say, is not what happened on Dec. 7 -- although that was a lesson there -- but the response.

"What the response was from our nation, from our military, from our civilians, from our population, to battle the world on two fronts and win both of them. Think of what this country did under [President Franklin Delano] Roosevelt's leadership, as well as multiple military leaders, and then go fight in Europe and go fight in Southeast Asia and Japan, the response to what happened on Dec. 7, 1941 is pretty impressive.

"I remember my dad talking a lot about that, when it happened, when he found out, then when he went to the Navy and went to Great Lakes, and then eventually went to Europe and eventually went to Okinawa. It was a tough time for this country, but it was a great example of the Patriotism of our citizens, men, women, fighting together, pulling together and being victorious in a lot of different ways.

"It's special. Special day . . . Tough day for the Navy, though, but they responded. They bounced back. Battle of Midway, that was really a huge turning point. Had it not gone on the way it did. I don't know, it probably would've been a longer fight." 

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