The Patriots will open the 2017 regular season at home against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 7. The NFL schedules will be announced at 8 p.m. Thursday night.
The Patriots will unveil their fifth Super Bowl championship banner and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to attend the game at Gillette Stadium, which will broadcast by NBC.
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe was first to report that the Chiefs, who went 12-4 last season and won the AFC West, would be the opening night opponent.
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reported that Chiefs would be the opener as well.
There had been much speculation that the Falcons would be the opening night matchup in a Super Bowl LI rematch, but Volin reports they are likely to open their season at home on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" to debut their new stadium.
The full NFL schedule will be announced tonight on NFL Network.
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 patriots.com/trainingcamp.
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'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.
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.