Patriots again ranked sixth on Forbes' Top 5


Patriots again ranked sixth on Forbes' Top 5

History has a way of repeating itself, and the same goes for the New England Patriots ranking in Forbes magazine's annual list of the world's most valuable sports franchises. This year the Patriots came in at the same spot as last year: sixth. The only difference is that they are tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The franchise is valued at an estimated 1.4 billion making it the third-most valuable franchise in the NFL behind the Cowboys and Redskins. All 32 NFL clubs are in the Forbes 50 list, thanks to its lucrative broadcast contracts with four major networks.
British soccer club Manchester United, the world's most popular soccer team, remained number one, valued at 2.23 billion, the only team to come in over 2 billion. Another soccer team, Real Madrid, was second at 1.88 billion.
The Patriots weren't the only Boston team who received a spot on the top 50. The Red Sox came in at 24th, valued at 1 billion.

Patriots place Vincent Valentine on IR, promote Geneo Grissom


Patriots place Vincent Valentine on IR, promote Geneo Grissom

FOXBORO -- Anyone hoping to see Vincent Valentine make his season debut got some bad news Friday. 

Valentine, who has been inactive for both of the Patriots' first two games with a knee injury, was placed on injured reserve. ESPN's Field Yates was first to report the news.

With Valentine on IR, Geneo Grissom was added to the roster from the practice squad. ESPN's Mike Reiss had that one first:

Valentine, whom the Pats chose 96th overall in 2016, has not been practicing with the team as he's dealt with the knee injury.

A third-round pick of the Pats in 2015, Grissom was released by the team in September and signed to the practice squad a day later. 

Patriots-Texans injury report: Burkhead ruled out


Patriots-Texans injury report: Burkhead ruled out

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Texans game:


RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
DT Vincent Valentine (knee)

WR Danny Amendola (concussion/knee)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle/concussion)
WR Phillip Dorsett (knee)
DB Nate Ebner (shoulder)
CB Stephon Gilmore (groin)
TE Rob Gronkowski (groin)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
WR Chris Hogan (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (thumb)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)


G Jeff Allen (ankle)
WR Will Fuller V (shoulder)
CB Kevin Johnson (knee)

RB Alfred Blue (ankle)
NT Brandon Dunn (knee)
CB Jonathan Joseph (shoulder)
G Xavier Su'a-Filo (knee)
DE J.J. Watt (finger)

TE Stephen Anderson (concussion)
CB Marcus Burley (knee)
T Chris Clark (wrist)
WR Bruce Ellington (concussion)
TE Ryan Griffin (concussion)