Brady putting down his roots in New England?

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Brady putting down his roots in New England?

I caught a story in the Boston Herald this morning about an interesting meeting set to take place tomorrow night in Brookline.

Laura Raposa writes: "After a few false starts, Pine Manor College reps will finally go before the Brookline Zoning Board of Appeals tomorrow night to seek permission to sell off 5.2 acres to Patriots QB Tom Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, who plan to build a home on the Chestnut Hill property."

Additionally, the story reveals that the new owners hope to build "a 7,465-square-foot main house, a 1,675-square-foot cottage for the help and a 1,342-square-foot yoga studio, also known as a 'barn' " on the property.

OK, so I know what everyone's thinking: Isn't 1,342 square feet just a little small for a yoga barn? Not to sound old-fashioned, but isn't it supposed to be AT LEAST the size of your help cottage?

Seriously, though: It's kind of funny that Brady's starting this process now, isn't it? I mean, seeing how they haven't even been approved to purchase the land yet, it's hard to imagine this house will be ready to live in anytime soon. You figure that by the time they're done with the paper work, hire the builders and then, you know, actually build this gigantic house, help cottage and barn, next season will be well underway. (Just to compare the size, here's a listing for a house in Brookline that's described as just under 8,000 square feet.)

And of course, Brady's only under contract for two more seasons.

By the time he's ready to move, it will be less than two. Would they really go through all this trouble for 18 months of living, or is it just another sign that Brady has no immediate plans to walk away, and wants to remain with the Pats after this contract runs out?

That would make sense.

But then again, it's hard to get into the mind of a guy crazy enough to build such a tiny yoga barn.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

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)