Practice report: Rodgers still sidelined


Practice report: Rodgers still sidelined

By Danny Picard

FOXBORO -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered his second concussion of the season on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. His previous concussion came in October, and he played the very next week.

But as of Wednesday, Rodgers was still being held out of team meetings and coach Mike McCarthy -- while calling it a "medical decision" -- said that there's only a "slim" chance of his quarterback practicing before they have to make their decision, on Saturday, as to whether or not he'll play against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night.

"Aaron Rodgers didn not practice today," said McCarthy after Wednesday's practice. "He's going through the normal protocol that you go through with the concussion procedures. I don't anticipate him practicing tomorrow. And I think there'd be a slim chance for him to practice on Friday. So we'll probably make a decision on Saturday, if he is cleared by the medical staff.

"There's a series of tests that every player goes through, and as he clears each hurdle, and as he's able to practice, that's really the final stage, if he can practice and everything is cleared. We're obviously not close to that step yet.

"The first thing I'm looking at, No. 1 is, is he healthy enough to go through the mental preparation. And once we get to that point, we'll probably have a better feel for where he stands."

Veteran cornerback Charles Woodson sounded a little more optimistic about Rodgers' status for Sunday during his conference call on Wednesday.

"This is the second time it's happened to him, and I know they're going to go through some extensive evaluations with him, but in this game, guys, they want to be on the field," said Woodson. "My gut would be, really, that he would play."

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Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.

Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen


Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape. 

OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.

@tombrady always fighting for that extra yard. 😂😂 #TBAsiaTour #IWILL

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The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.

Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent. 

Arigatōgozaimashita 🇯🇵🙏

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Brady vs Brady #therecanonlybeone 🏆

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