Banta-Cain undergoes sports hernia surgery

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Banta-Cain undergoes sports hernia surgery

Patriots linebacker Tully Banta-Cain underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia and will be out 4-5 weeks, Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran has confirmed.

The injury was originally reported as an abdominal tear by Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe.

With the number of unsupervised workouts going on during the lockout, many are predicting that there will be more injuries reported by players who are preparing to return to work.

One note about the timing of Banta-Cain's surgery: With the lockout expected to end later this week, Banta-Cain will soon be allowed to rehab his injury with Patriots staff. If he had surgery earlier this year, he would not have been allowed to use team facilities or visit team trainers to get ready for the season. He did, however, always have access to team doctors during the lockout.

More to come . . .

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP: Ryan, Falcons rout Packers, 44-21

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NFC CHAMPIONSHIP: Ryan, Falcons rout Packers, 44-21

ATLANTA - Matt Ryan and Julio Jones teamed up for a dominant playoff performance, and the Atlanta Falcons ignored all those ghosts from the last half-century.

Next up: Super Bowl 51.

Ryan threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns in another MVP-worthy showing, while Jones shook off a toe injury to haul in nine catches for 180 yards and two scores, leading the Falcons to a 44-21 blowout of the storied Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship Sunday.

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Manziel attends AFC Championship Game in Brady jersey

Manziel attends AFC Championship Game in Brady jersey

You’ll never guess who the seventh-best quarterback* at Gillette Stadium was Sunday. 

Via video posted on his Snapchat, 2014 Browns first-rounder Johnny Manziel, currently out of the league, attended the AFC Championship wearing a Tom Brady jersey. 

Manziel was released by the Browns last March after two seasons and just eight starts. Had he played this season, he would have been suspended for the first four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. 

*He might have been eighth-best. Julian Edelman played quarterback in college. People forget that.