Fells among healthy scratches for Patriots


Fells among healthy scratches for Patriots

FOXBORO -- New England's playoff game against the Texans is different from the regular season tilt. Why? Both teams are stacked with full decks.
Six of New England's inactives Sunday are healthy scratches; offensive lineman Nick McDonald (shoulder) is the only player who was on this week's injury report.
Sitting tight end Daniel Fells could mean that Rob Gronkowski is closer to being 100-percent. Though Gronkowski has been practicing several weeks, and played Week 17, his surgically-repaired forearm appeared to still be bothering himin New England's regular season finale.
The complete Patriots inactive list:
WR Kamar AikenDE Jake BequetteTE Daniel FellsOL Nick McDonaldOL Markus ZusevicsDB Derrick MartinDB Malcolm Williams
The Texans have linebacker Brooks Reed, tackle Derek Newton, cornerback Alan Ball, and tight end Garrett Graham -- all sidelined in Week 14 -- back for this evening's rematch.
Inactive for Houston:
CB Roc CarmichaelCB Stanford RouttILB Cameron CollinsG Antoine CaldwellOT Andrew GardnerG Cody WhiteNT Terrell McClain

Steelers GM on Hightower: 'It didn't work'

Steelers GM on Hightower: 'It didn't work'

Speaking to reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert touched briefly on the team’s unsuccessful attempt to lure Dont’a Hightower away from New England in free agency. 

Hightower returned to the Patriots this month on a four-year, $43.5 million deal with $19 million guaranteed. He was also courted by the Jets and Steelers, among others, with his offer from the Jets reported to be the biggest before they reportedly pulled it due to physical concerns. 

The Steelers also reportedly offered more money than the Patriots, with Jason La Canfora reporting that Pittsburgh offered more than $9 million annually. Hightower’s deal with the Pats pays him $8.7 million per year. 

“We made an attempt [with Hightower], it didn’t work,” Colbert told reporters. “We’re fine. We move on. Vince Williams, we were very confident in Vince. That’s why we signed him to the extension last year. So that if we got to this point and Lawrence had left us, and we didn’t sign anybody from the outside, Vince was certainly capable of stepping up and being the next guy.”

Hightower is entering his sixth season with the Patriots, who selected him with the 25th overall pick in the 2012 draft. 

Tom Brady tees it up with Jordan Spieth at Augusta National

Tom Brady tees it up with Jordan Spieth at Augusta National

It's been a long time since Tom Brady's been considered a true underdog. You might have to go back to Super Bowl XXXVI for anyone to remember a time when it seemed like the quarterback with the most championships in NFL history was a long shot to win. 

Not when it comes golf, though. 

Brady's a talented golfer, no doubt. He's eagled at Pebble Beach. He once teamed up with Jim Nantz to beat up on two US presidents

But even Brady knew he faced long odds against Jordan Spieth at Augusta. According to Brady's Instagram page, it seems as though the two Under Armour pitch men made up a foursome at the famed course about two weeks before the Masters kicked off. 

Trying to beat @jordanspieth in golf is like trying to arm wrestle @therock... #DreamBig #NeverGiveUp

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Brady has also taken on Augusta with Rory McIlroy. Still waiting on those scores to come out, but as with the recent Spieth round, probably shouldn't hold your breath.