Lloyd, Mankins not on Patriots inactives list


Lloyd, Mankins not on Patriots inactives list

BALTIMORE, MD -- The list of inactives for Sunday night's Patriots-Ravens game has been released.
For New England:
DB Alfonzo DennardDL Justin FrancisDL Jake BequetteTE Aaron HernandezRB Shane VereenOL Nick McDonald
Vereen, Bequette, and McDonald are a perfect three-for-three on being sidelined in the regular season. Hernandez and Francis, both with ankle injuries, were designated as "Out" on Friday.
A watchful eye should be kept on guard Logan Mankins, who was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday with a hip injury, and listed as "Questionable" for the game. Receiver Brandon Lloyd (thigh) and defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick (ankle) were also limited and will be monitored.
This is the first time tight end Daniel Fells and D-lineman Marcus Forston are active.
Inactive for Baltimore:
WR LaQuan WilliamsCB Asa JacksonGT Jah ReidTE Billy BajemaDE DeAngelo TysonOLB Sergio KindleDT Bryan Hall
Safety Bernard Pollard, who suffered bruised ribs in last week's loss to Philadelphia, said all week he would play on Sunday. Turns out, he meant it.
Receiver Torrey Smith will play despite spending the morning with family following the death of his younger brother.

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but . . . can I have your jersey?

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but . . . can I have your jersey?

Tom Brady has fans everywhere, apparently. Even in Pittsburgh. Even on the Steelers roster. 

Showtime's Inside the NFL caught video of Brady meeting with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger before Sunday's game between New England and Pittsburgh. 

The pair hugged near the 50-yard line at Heinz Field. Brady called Roethlisberger "big guy." Roethlisberger, who was out with a knee injury, told Brady he wanted to play "so bad."


Then Roethlisberger became a fan. And like many of them, he had a request. 

"Um, hey, listen," he said. "I've never done this before, but I would love to get a jersey at some point. It'd mean...There's not many I want to put in my office. You're the best, dude."

Brady was happy to oblige. Just not right at that moment. 

"Sure, I'd love to," Brady said. "I'll get you after the game."

Rex Ryan: Zero focus on 'extracurricular things' vs. Patriots


Rex Ryan: Zero focus on 'extracurricular things' vs. Patriots

FOXBORO -- Seems as though the Bills don't quite have their stories straight. 

On the one hand, you have Bills players, who say that they won't hesitate to retaliate if a Patriots player gets near one of their pregame warmup drills, as Jacoby Brissett did in Week 4. 

On the other hand, you have the Bills coach, who sounded less eager for there to be any kind of scrap before this weekend's game at Ralph Wilson Stadium. 

"No, I mean with us, just go out and warm up," Ryan said in a conference call Wednesday. "That’s what you do, but any of the extracurricular things, you know, there’s absolutely zero focus on that, and shouldn’t be any focus on that. It’s just about playing games.

"I mean if people want to show how tough they are, put the boxing gloves on and get in the ring or something. That might be more impressive -- I don’t want Gronk by the way.

"But I definitely don’t want to see that happen, and our focus is 100 percent on the game and doing the very best we possibly can."

It's an interesting comment from a coach who has made it very clear that he wanted to build a "bully" in Buffalo. His team shut out the Patriots after trying to intimidate New England's rookie quarterback before the game. Did his team not benefit somehow from what occurred before kickoff that day?

He doesn't think so.

"It had nothing to do with our team . . . Absolutely nothing," he said. "You know, those things happen every now and then but it was no big deal. It did absolutely nothing for us."