The release of DL Jonathan Fanene was hardly cut and dried, no matter how Bill Belichick may describe it.
"It just didn't work out," the coach told reporters Tuesday evening. "I don't really think there's much to add than that. It just didn't work out."
He reiterated that Wednesday morning in Tampa where the team is working out with the Buccaneers.
Meanwhile, though, SiriusXM NFL Radio's Ross Tucker threw a little more light on the situation.
According to NFL source, Pats cut Fanene under "Failure to Disclose Physical Condition". Likely going after that 3.85M SB he got. Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) August 22, 2012
If the severity of Fanene's knee injury was indeed only discovered months after he cashed that fat signing bonus, it makes sense the Patriots would want to get some of that money back. Fanene did take part in OTAs and minicamp. He was also on the field for the first few practices of training camp before sitting down with, ostensibly, a knee injury for which he may reportedly have surgery.
It can be safely be said there's more afoot than Fanene's knee. And it's likely going to land in the hands of the lawyers now.
Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.
"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.
Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."
Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.