To clear room for Spikes, Pats may IR Brace

To clear room for Spikes, Pats may IR Brace

By Tom E. CurranWith rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes set to be added to the active roster by the Patriots on Monday after his four-game suspension, it looks like defensive lineman Ron Brace is going to be shut down. Brace, a second-round pick in 2009 who's made valuable contributions in his second season, is expected to be sent to injured reserve with an elbow injury according to ESPNBoston and The Boston Herald. Brace has 23 tackles this year and has made five starts. Most of his work has been at left defensive end. He's made most of his contributions in sub-defensive packages. The Patriots' defensive line depth is shaky these days. Mike Wright's been dealing with the after-effects of a concussion and Myron Pryor's had a back injury since November.

Bart Hubbuch explains why his story on Robert Kraft was not hit piece

Bart Hubbuch explains why his story on Robert Kraft was not hit piece

Bart Hubbuch explains that his article was not a Robert Kraft ‘hit piece’ it was mot to expose the NFL’s hypocrisy and push toward legalizing gambling.

Report: Hernandez jurors were invited to funeral

Report: Hernandez jurors were invited to funeral

A member of the jury that acquitted Aaron Hernandez of double-murder said jurors were invited to Hernandez’s funeral by defense attorney Jose Baez, The Boston Herald reported. 

Hernandez, the former Patriots tight end who was already serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd when he was acquitted in the 2012 double-murder in Boston, killed himself in his prison cell last week. His funeral was in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut on Monday. 

One juror told the Herald that Baez offered to pay for bus to have jury attend funeral. 

More from the Herald report: 

“I was invited, but I decided ultimately not to go,” said Robert Monroe, one of 12 jurors who on April 14 acquitted Hernandez of the murders of Cape Verdean immigrants Daniel de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28. Both were living in Dorchester.

“I received a message, if any of the jurors wanted to go to the Aaron Hernandez funeral, that [Hernandez’s attorney] Jose Baez would rent a bus to get us back and forth,” Monroe told the Herald today.