Borges: ‘I'm told Belichick never believed Brady’

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Borges: ‘I'm told Belichick never believed Brady’

The Deflategate controversy took an interesting turn on Tuesday when Robert Kraft threw in the towel instead of challenging the NFL like many thought he would.

On Sports Tonight, Michael Felger suggested Kraft did an about-face with his argument because he and coach Bill Belichick were starting to believe that Brady wasn't being completely transparent with what he told them.

That's when Ron Borges threw out an interesting piece of information.

"Belichick never believed his story, from what I was told," said Borges. "Because they all know. Why do you think all those retired quarterbacks, the Troy Aikmans of the world -- Troy Aikman is about as nice a guy as I've ever met in football -- nobody's backed [Brady]. Nobody, not a single guy. Why do you think that is? Because they hate Brady? No. Because they're not stupid. They know nothing's done with those balls that the quarterback doesn't want done."

Belichick: Ninkovich, Cardona miss practice for personal reasons

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Belichick: Ninkovich, Cardona miss practice for personal reasons

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick explained on Friday morning that Rob Ninkovich and Joe Cardona missed practice on Thursday for personal reasons. 

Ninkovich's absence was perhaps the most worth of attention on Day 1 of training camp simply because he has been one of the most durable players in the franchise's recent history. Now 33 years old, Ninkovich is going into his 12th NFL season. His experience and his willingness to pass own his knowledge has already been cited by younger teammates as priceless. 

Cardona continues to have Navy obligations to attend to and is often fulfilling those any time he misses Patriots activites. Belichick would not say when he planned to see either Ninkovich or Cardona back on the field.

Kony Ealy, who was not spotted at yesterday's practice, did not fall into the "missing for personal reasons" category, Belichick explained. That seemed to be an indication that Ealy is being held back by the team at the moment. 

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Curran thinks Patriots are 'likely' to finish unbeaten

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Curran thinks Patriots are 'likely' to finish unbeaten

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith react to Tom Curran's column that said the Patriots are likely to go 19-0 and Curran explains his stance.

6:54 - Lou Merloni joins BST to break down David Price's altercation with Dennis Eckersley and what it means for the Red Sox leadership if Dustin Pedroia was one of the players who applauded Price on the team plane.

12:25 - Mike Giardi and Phil Perry are in Foxboro for day 1 of Patriots training camp to discuss Jimmy Garoppolo's struggles, Brandin Cooks' big play ability, and Malcolm Butler's compete level.

16:32 - David Price seems to not like playing in Boston, similar to Carl Crawford and Pablo Sandoval. What makes it so difficult for some players to handle Boston?