Wednesday's practice participation and injury report:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DNP: OL Nick McDonald (shoulder), RB Shane Vereen (foot).
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: TE Daniel Fells (shin), CB Sterling Moore (knee), OT Sebastian Volmer (back).
FULL PARTICIPATION: S Patrick Chung (shoulder).
DNP: DT Sen'Derrick Marks (knee), T Mike Otto (fingerknee), DE Scott Solomon (DE).
FULL PARTICIPATION: DT Jurrell Casey (elbow), LB Zac Diles (hamstring).
The Browns are close to finalizing a multi-year contract with former Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins, CBS Sports reported Thursday.
The report said “significant progress” has been made between the sides and that the deal will be done by the weekend.
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President-elect Donald Trump made sure to thank a few of his supporters from New England -- particularly those at 1 Patriot Place -- during a speech on the eve of his inauguration to the nation's highest office.
Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady all earned shout-outs from Trump. Kraft was one of many Trump donors present for a dinner at Washington, DC's Union Station, where he was singled out by the soon-to-be-president.
"In the audience we have somebody that's under no pressure whatsoever because he's got a great quarterback named Tom Brady and a great coach named Belichick: Bob Kraft," Trump said. "Good luck, Bob.
"Your friend Tom Brady just called. He feels good. He called to congratulate us. He feels good. Good luck. You're going to do great."
Trump gave one extra nod to Belichick, who he says taught him to out-work his competition.
"I out-worked everybody," Trump said. "I think I out-worked anyone who ever ran for office. I learned that from Belichick."