Hernandez, Chung inactive Sunday against Colts


Hernandez, Chung inactive Sunday against Colts

FOXBORO -- Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will miss Sunday's game against the Colts as expected. The ankle injury he suffered in Week 2 has kept him out of six games (not consecutive) this season.
Pat Chung is also among the seven sidelined. The safety injured his shoulder against Seattle and hasn't seen a snap since, though there's some intrigue to today's deactivation.
Chung was seen, wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, being given a ride on a golf cart toward the locker room some three hours before the game. He amped up the drama by tweeting "Gotta love business" not long after and then deleting the post almost immediately.
It's likely Devin McCourty will start at safety with Steve Gregory yet again.
The offensive line will be without guards Logan Mankins (anklecalf) and Dan Connolly (back) who both did not practice Wednesday and Thursday last week.
The full list of Patriots inactives:
S Pat ChungTE Aaron HernandezLG Logan MankinsOL Dan ConnollyDL Justin FrancisTE Daniel FellsDE Jake Bequette
Inactive for the Colts:
CB Vontae DavisTE Coby FleenerILB Mario HarveyT Bradley SowellNT Josh ChapmanNT Martin TevaseuT Tony Hills

Malcolm Butler on Instagram: 'Nothing changed but the change'

Malcolm Butler on Instagram: 'Nothing changed but the change'

We haven't heard from cornerback Malcolm Butler as his future as a Patriot hangs in the balance after his visit with the New Orleans Saints last week.

Butler,  a restricted free agent who has yet to sign the $3.91 million tender offered by the Patriots, posted a photo Wednesday on Instagram with the cryptic message "Nothing changed but the change," which happens to be a lyric from a song titled "Could It Be" by rapper Nick Lyon. So, perhaps a change of teams is being referred to.

"Nothing changed but the change" #BLESSED

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Goodell: NFL working on a way to reduce commercial breaks during games

Goodell: NFL working on a way to reduce commercial breaks during games

The NFL is acknowledging it has a time-management issue. Games are too long. Commercial are too frequent. And according to an email addressed to NFL fans, Roger Goodell is hoping to change that.

On Wednesday afternoon the commissioner explained the methods by which the league is hoping to improve the fan experience, most of which concern the presentation of games with as few interruptions as possible. 

"On the football side, there are a number of changes we are making to the mechanics and rules of the game to maintain excitement and also improve the consistency of our officiating," Goodell wrote. "For example, next week clubs will vote on a change to centralize replay reviews. Instead of a fixed sideline monitor, we will bring a tablet to the Referee who can review the play in consultation with our officiating headquarters in New York, which has the final decision. This should improve consistency and accuracy of decisions and help speed up the process.

"Regarding game timing, we're going to institute a play clock following the extra point when television does not take a break, and we're considering instituting a play clock after a touchdown. We're also going to standardize the starting of the clock after a runner goes out-of-bounds, and standardize halftime lengths in all games, so we return to the action as quickly as possible. Those are just a few of the elements we are working on to improve the pace of our game."

Goodell also mentioned that the NFL is working with its broadcast partners to reduce the frequency of commercial breaks during games. 

"For example," Goodell wrote, "we know how annoying it is when we come back from a commercial break, kick off, and then cut to a commercial again. I hate that too. Our goal is to eliminate it."

Goodell, team owners and executives will convene in Phoenix next week for the league's annual meetings where discussions about these potential changes could see meaningful progress.