Mayo: Rehab is as taxing as playing


Mayo: Rehab is as taxing as playing

Jerod Mayo has sat out the last two full games because of the knee injury he suffered Oct. 2 in Oakland.

But, as the Patriots linebacker told Tom E. Curran on Thursday's edition of 'Quick Slants', time missed is not time off.

Rehabbing from an injury takes "a lot of time. You have to put in the same amount of work that you would put in during practice and during film study. You have to put that same time into rehab, getting better. And . . . rest is very important, as well."

The mental aspect can be as challenging as the physical demands, too.

"It is hard," he told Curran. "But at the same time, your teammates are there for you to lean on. A shoulder for you to lean on. And those guys have really been supporting me through this injury."

And so while his teammates enjoy a weekend off in the middle of the season, he's going to continue to work.

"Just stay up here and get better," he responded when Curran asked how he'd spend the bye week. "Just continue to rehab and work with the training staff and things like that."

Branch reinstated by Patriots after week-long suspension


Branch reinstated by Patriots after week-long suspension

Alan Branch has been reinstated by the Patriots after the team suspended him prior to last week's preseason game with the Bears, according to Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran. 

When Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about Branch's absence last week, he replied, "It's a club matter."

What got Branch suspended by the team is still unknown, but he is expected to be a contributing player on the interior of the Patriots defensive line in 2016. He started in 17 games last season, including both playoff games, often lining up alongside fellow defensive tackle Malcom Brown. 

Through training camp the Patriots have also used Terrance Knighton, Vincent Valentine, Anthony Johnson and Joe Vellano on the interior of their defensive front. Branch, however, has consistently been used with the team's first defensive grouping. It's unclear how a week away from the team might impact his spot on the depth chart. 

Field Yates of ESPN was the first to report the news that Branch had been reinstated.

Brady makes trip with Patriots to Carolina


Brady makes trip with Patriots to Carolina

Tom Brady traveled with the Patriots to Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, ahead of the third preseason game Friday night against the Carolina Panthers.

Jeff Howe of The Boston Herald was first to report the news. 

There’s no word on if Brady will play. He missed the opener against the Saints and, after cutting his thumb with scissors, missed the second exhibition game last Thursday against the Bears, both at Gillette Stadium.

Brady, of course, will miss the first four games of the regular season serving his NFL-imposed Deflategate suspension.

Gronkowski takes exception to Cowboys’ ‘Do Your Job’ sign


Gronkowski takes exception to Cowboys’ ‘Do Your Job’ sign

The Dallas Cowboys have a “Do Your Job” sign posted in their locker room and “Gronk Nation” isn’t happy about it.

Here’s an excerpt from “Gronk Nation” - the website of Rob Gronkowski and his family - about “America’s Team” co-opting the slogan of the 2014 Patriots' Super Bowl run: 

While we all know that the Pats thrashed the Cowboys 30-6 last October and Dallas hasn’t been to the Super Bowl since the 1995 season, so they need all the motivation they can get – but can’t America’s Team come up with their own slogan instead of stealing ours?