FOXBORO -- Even though the Arizona Cardinals have a mismatch to exploit every time they take the field with wideout Larry Fitzgerald, they'll enter Sunday's game trying to control the ball on the ground. Rod Graves, the Cardinals general manager told me during pregame that ball control is one of their keys to success on Sunday. The other big one is to stay as far away from mistakes as possible. Every team brings that hope into a game but some will feel that some mistakes are the cost of doing business. It sounded to me like the Cards will be a little conservative. Graves said that Kevin Kolb "had a very good week" of practice. But added that if the Cardinals are leaning too heavily on Kolb to go and win the game it's a bad sign because it's anindication they're trailing. When I mentioned that the scrutiny in New England this week was dedicated to the number of snaps and touches that Wes Welker had, Graves smiled and said, "Watch them throw it to him adozen times today."
Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.
"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.
Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."
Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.