Attorney: Meriweather innocent, holding up well


Attorney: Meriweather innocent, holding up well

By TomE. Curran
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.
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Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable


Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:


WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)


TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)