FOXBORO -- Brian Waters' locker inside Gillette Stadium is still in tact. His personal belongs aren't there, but his name plate is. And the Patriots practice uniform essentials hang underneath.
But the veteran offensive lineman was still nowhere to be found, as of the morning of Thursday's afternoon practice session.
Next to Waters' locker stood offensive lineman Logan Mankins. But even as he stood next to a locker that hasn't completely ruled out the idea of Waters' return, he said he couldn't discuss Waters' future.
"I don't want to get into that too much," said Mankins before Thursday's practice. "He's not on the team right now. So, Brian did a great job for us last year, and that's all I can say."
When Tom Brady complained to officials during the third quarter of last week's Divisional Round game against the Texans, he was wondering why Jadeveon Clowney wasn't penalized for a late hit.
Not only did Brady get the call a little later in the game when Clowney hit him again in the fourth, but Clowney has now been fined for that hit. Per Pro Football Talk, Clowney was docked $18,231 for roughing the passer.
Brady defended his on-the-field tantrum in the third quarter after Clowney's hit, insisting it may have helped lead to the Patriots being given extra yardage in the fourth.
"Yeah, I would love to try to make sure the officials are paying close attention," Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan show. "If we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important."
Patriots corner Eric Rowe was also fined for his actions during the Divisional Round. He was hit with a $12,154 penalty after picking up an unsportsmanlike penalty for pulling a Texans player off of a scrum in the first quarter.
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