Report: Carter focused on returning to Patriots

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Report: Carter focused on returning to Patriots

The Boston Herald reported Friday that defensive end Andre Carter is so intent on returning to the Patriots that he's "turned down interest in competing teams" in the hopes of re-signing with New England.

Carter, 33, tore a quad muscle during the Pats' victory in Denver in Week 15 and missed the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs. The Herald reports Carter is ahead of schedule in his rehab and thinks he'll be ready for the start of the 2012 regular season, though the Pats don't necessarily agree.

Carter, who signed a one-year contract worth 2.75 million as a free agent last year, is seeking a three- or four-year deal with a higher salary. The Patriots, according to the Herald, "are seemingly more interested in paying Carter a salary similar to last year's".

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

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