Will Brace be next off of PUP?

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Will Brace be next off of PUP?

FOXBORO -- With Kevin Faulk and Brandon Deaderick activated from the PUP list for last Sunday's game, all eyes are on defensive lineman Ron Brace, who, according to Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Friday, is "making progress."

"We have some time there," said Belichick when asked if Brace was close to being activated. "I think he's certainly making good progress. We'll see how this week finishes up. But he's getting close."

Brace also spoke prior to Friday's practice at Gillette Stadium. When asked if he'd be activated before Sunday's game against the Giants, Brace said, "You never know."

He seemed unsure as to what Belichick's decision would be.

"I'm just going at it the same each week," said Brace. "If they call my name, I've just got to know it's my job to be ready. So each week, you just come and try to prepare and get ready for each opponent. So if they call my name, I'm going to try and be ready.

"I'm just trying to play catch up with these guys. I feel that each day, I've had some strides towards getting better, so I can say I've been making improvements."

Faulk and Deaderick each came off the PUP list and played in last Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Belichick praised his PUP players on Friday, saying he believes they can all help out the team this season.

"Deaderick's coming along. For all those guys -- Brandon, Kevin, Marcus Cannon, Ron -- it's kind of like training camp," said Belichick. "They've only had a few practices. So a lot of it is extra work, just getting their timing and their technique and their reactions quicker. Seeing all 22 guys is something they haven't been able to do. It's like training camp for them, this late in the season.

"They're definitely all making progress, and Brandon's done a good job. He's working hard, he's getting a lot of snaps. And you can see it a little bit every day. But still, it's a lot of ground to make up. But he's certainly closing the gap."

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

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."

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

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.