Patriots place cornerback Dowling (thigh) on injured reserve

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Patriots place cornerback Dowling (thigh) on injured reserve

The Patriots placed cornerback Ras-I Dowling on injured reserve Friday with a thigh injury.

Dowling played in six games this season, recording seven tackles.

The Patriots drafted Dowling in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, but he has only played in eight regular season games since then, recording ten tackles.

The second-year player was put on IR last season as well with a hip injury.

Trump wishes Kraft good luck, says Brady called to congratulate him

Trump wishes Kraft good luck, says Brady called to congratulate him

President-elect Donald Trump made sure to thank a few of his supporters from New England -- particularly those at 1 Patriot Place -- during a speech on the eve of his inauguration to the nation's highest office. 

Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady all earned shout-outs from Trump. Kraft was one of many Trump donors present for a dinner at Washington, DC's Union Station, where he was singled out by the soon-to-be-president. 

"In the audience we have somebody that's under no pressure whatsoever because he's got a great quarterback named Tom Brady and a great coach named Belichick: Bob Kraft," Trump said. "Good luck, Bob.

"Your friend Tom Brady just called. He feels good. He called to congratulate us. He feels good. Good luck. You're going to do great."

Trump gave one extra nod to Belichick, who he says taught him to out-work his competition. 

"I out-worked everybody," Trump said. "I think I out-worked anyone who ever ran for office. I learned that from Belichick."