Ellis returns to practice, eager for more reps

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Ellis returns to practice, eager for more reps

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
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FOXBORO When you look at the New England Patriots defensive line, the talent is undeniable. But can the players making up the D-line stay healthy enough for us to find out how good it can be?

Shaun Ellis, among the banged-up Patriots this preseason, returned to practice on Monday after nursing a hip injury. And Ellis, a two-time Pro Bowler, understands both the benefit and the burden that comes with being part of a defensive front with such proven depth.

"Definitely a plus," Ellis said. "We have a lot of guys who are playmakers."

You can count Ellis among them, although injuries and the need to evaluate the team's unproven talent has limited his reps thus far.

With the third preseason game on Saturday at Detroit, Ellis is hopeful that he'll see some action.

"It's very important," Ellis said when asked about preseason reps. "With the offseason, lockout, the preseason is very important for us."

It's especially valuable for a player like Ellis, who finds himself suiting up for a team other than the Jets for the first time ever.

Camp thus far has been about "refining things" for Ellis.

He said, "I've played in a lot of systems over the years. For me, it's just going out there, being ready."

Ellis' biggest hurdle thus far has been his health, which he says is now as good as it's been since he signed with New England earlier this month.

And now it's all about doing what he wasn't able to do with the Jets -- contribute to a Super Bowl-winning team.

"It's all about winning," Ellis said. "I've been on the other side of this thing for a while. I had a couple chances at it; didn't come through. Still pushing, trying to get to the ultimate goal."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Brady legal team granted 14-day extension

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Brady legal team granted 14-day extension

Tom Brady’s legal team, including recent hire former US Solictor General Ted Olson, have been granted the extension they were seeking for the deadline to file for a rehearing in the Deflategate case. 

Despite the NFL’s opposition - lawyers for the league requested Monday that the motion be denied - the court ruled Tuesday in favor of the NFLPA and Brady. They now have until May 23 to file the request for a rehearing or rehearing en banc with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which last week reinstated his four-game Deflategate suspension.

Once Team Brady makes the request, the court still has to agree to take up the case again. And while many legal experts speculate the odds of that happening are low, this case has continued to confound observers as it has played out.