Attorney: Meriweather innocent, holding up well

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Attorney: Meriweather innocent, holding up well

By TomE. Curran
CSNNE.com
NEW ORLEANS - The attorney for Brandon Meriweather believes his client is "holding up well" after dealing with a somewhat dubious accusation of attempted murder. Adam Swickle, who delivered six sworn witness statements to the Orange County Sheriff's Office on Monday which he said vindicate the Patriots' safety from a February 27 shooting in Apopka, Florida, said the Patriots' safety has done "an amazing job keeping his composure in the face of a difficult situation."Swickle said he didn't want to characterize Meriweather's state of mind but asked, "How would the average person feel or any other athlete feel? These were extremely serious allegations. This wasn't a bar fight or someone spilling a drink. Were talking about attempted murder being accused. Anyone accused of something like that would have similar feelings."
Earlier Monday, Swickle told the Orlando Sentinel that Meriweather didn't have a gun on the night in question, "did not shoot anybody" and "was nothing but a peace-keeper" in the incident.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department has not completed their investigation or made any statements on Meriweather's disposition in the case. Neither Patriots head coach Bill Belichick nor team president Jonathan Kraft provided further comment on the Meriweather situation on Monday in New Orleans.
Tom E. Curran canbe reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Thursday's Patriots-Bills practice report: Garoppolo, Brissett practice again

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Thursday's Patriots-Bills practice report: Garoppolo, Brissett practice again

FOXBORO -- The Patriots held a walkthrough on the field behind Gillette Stadium one day after both Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) tested their arms during the team's practice in full pads n Wednesday.

Both quarterbacks were back on the field, but for the second consecutive day they were limited, according to the injury report. That injury report was, in fact, unchanged from Wednesday's, meaning tight end Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) and linebacker Dont'a Hightower (knee) were also limited. 

There was one significant alteration to the Bills practice report, however, as tight end Charles Clay (knee) was back on the field Thursday. Receiver Sammy Watkins (foot) remained out. 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick described Watkins' explosive abilities in Buffalo's passing game earlier this week. 

"Watkins is big, he is good after the catch, he’s obviously good on the deep balls," Belichick said. "But he is good on catch-and-run plays. He can take those intermediate routes or crossing routes and turn a 10, 15-yard catch into 40. So, a hard guy to tackle, big, fast, very athletic."

If he can't go, the Bills will have to find other ways to try to manufacture yardage. 

Here's Thursday's practice participation report for the Patriots and Bills.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
QB Jacoby Brissett (right thumb)
OT Marcus Cannon (calf)
G Jonathan Cooper (foot)
LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder)
TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
CB Eric Rowe (ankle)

BUFFALO BILLS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
OL Cyrus Kouandjio (ankle)
OL Patrick Lewis (knee)
DB Jonathan Meeks (foot)
WR Greg Salas (groin)
WR Sammy Watkins (foot)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
DB Colt Anderson (foot)
TE Charles Clay (knee)
DB Ronald Darby (hamstring)
OL Cordy Glenn (ankle)
QB Cardale Jones (right shoulder)
DB Aaron Williams (ankle)