Report: Waters turned down raise from Patriots


Report: Waters turned down raise from Patriots

It appears as though Brian Waters really just doesn't want to play football. Not in New England, at least.

The Patriots guard held out for all of training camp, but it was assumed by many that he would show up in Foxboro in time to be ready for New England's Week 1 against the Titans. When he didn't, reasons swirled as to why: Maybe the Patriots asked him to take a pay cut; maybe he wanted to stay at home with his family.

A report this morning from the Boston Globe adds another layer to the Waters saga. According to Shalise Manza young, Waters was offered a "significant" raise -- more than the 1.4 million he was due to make in 2012 -- and he turned it down.

Waters made the Pro bowl last season after missing all of training camp. Some have speculated that he still may have interest in playing football, but only somewhere close to his Texas home. Since he's still technically under contract with the Patriots (he's now on the reservedid not report list) it's unlikely they would release him to sign with another AFC contender like the Texans.

The Patriots have already had their share of problems at right guard this season. Dan Connolly suffered a concussion in Week 1, and his replacement Donald Thomas had a hard time against a talented Cardinals defensive line in Week 2. Surely the team would love to have Waters back. But with this latest news, that appears more unlikely than ever.

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.

CTE found in 110 of 111 deceased NFL players' brains


CTE found in 110 of 111 deceased NFL players' brains

In a study published by medical journal JAMA, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was found in 99% of deceased NFL players' brains that were donated to scientific research.

According to CNN, each brain studied was required to have football as its main exposure to head trauma. 202 total brains of deceased football players, including high school, college and professional, were studied. A whopping 177 were diagnosed with CTE.

It should be noted the study points out potential bias since relatives of players could have submitted the brains due to clinical symptoms they noticed while the players were alive.

Regardless, the JAMA study's results are alarming, especially since it is the largest CTE study to date.