Morning Walkthrough: It's Week 1

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Morning Walkthrough: It's Week 1

It's Tuesday and we're into the regular season media schedule. Conference calls today at noon -- Belichick followed by the coordinators. Josh McDaniels should be awesome. Matt Patricia will make this guy look like a blabbermouth. I get Billy. Mary gets the coordinators. Quick Slants prep for Thursday's LIVE ACTION EVENT continues. Mayo interview up at the Renaissance this evening. And the fellas are all home with the first day of school coming tomorrow. Sam's going to be a junior, Danny a freshman and Young Tim an eighth-grader. Some stuff . . .
Jason McCourty of the Titans talks a little about his older (by 27 minutes) brother, Devin McCourty of the Patriots. Kamerion Wimbley, a solid pass-rusher who's been with the Browns and Raiders, is now with the Titans. He uses some familiar touchstones as role models: "I think a lot of the way I am is just stuff I learned from guys that were in the league before me that I had the opportunity to play with, guys like Willie McGinest and Richard Seymour." Does Rex Ryan have a media advisor who tells him to say the exact opposite of what should be said? Recommended answer in this instance. "I'm coaching for my job every practice. These are not lifetime appointments." Imagine the time he'd be afforded if he didn't have to spend so much time clarifying earlier remarks. Looking ahead? Why not. The Cardinals went with John Skelton as their starting quarterback. The Patriots have the Cards in Week 2.

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

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Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

QUESTIONABLE
TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

NOT LISTED
RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)