Patriots to play despite Foxboro power outages

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Patriots to play despite Foxboro power outages

FOXBORO -- The Foxboro selectmen voted unanimously Wednesday to allow the Patriots to play their scheduled exhibition game against the New York Giants on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium, despite the fact that most of the town is still without power in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.

The Gillette StadiumPatriot Place complex is one of the few places in Foxboro to have power, and the selectmen -- worried about traffic and parking problems with most of the rest of the town in the dark -- held a special meeting to determine whether or not to allow the Pats to play on Thursday.

Patriots receiver Andrew Hawkins announces retirement from NFL

Patriots receiver Andrew Hawkins announces retirement from NFL

Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, who signed with the Patriots in May, announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday.

Hawkins obviously never suited up for a game with the Pats, but he played for the Bengals from 2011-13 and the Browns from 2014-16. The 31-year-old accumulated 209 receptions for 2,419 yards over the course of his short career.

He announced his decision to retire on Twitter via UNINTERRUPTED, noting his body has not felt the way it should through OTAs and the summer. As for what he has planned after football, he will pursue his Ph.D. in economics.