Kraft found Haynesworth to be 'genuine and sincere'

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Kraft found Haynesworth to be 'genuine and sincere'

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO -- Less than a week ago, columnist Joan Vennochi wondered in the Boston Globe whether the Patriots had stained the memory of Myra Kraft by signing Albert Haynesworth. Her premise, based on a situation that happened more than 15 years ago, was that the Patriots wouldn't have traded for a player with Haynesworth's history of violence on the field and offif Mrs. Kraft hadn't died in July. Vennochi didn't make it to Gillette Stadium on Wednesday to make that suggestion to Robert Kraft's face. Perhaps she's already done so in private or will make her way down during the season. Either way, I asked Kraft about the deal for Haynesworth and what his impressions of the player is. "I met with him," Kraft explained. "I've learned in life and in business that people sometimes have different agendas. I met with him and I like the guy. He didn't come here for the money, he came here to be part of a team and win and I think in some ways improve his reputation."Which is something Haynesworth himself alluded to in his meeting with the media last week when he said, "This is all about me rewriting my name as Albert Haynesworth the Patriot."Hiring players with checkered histories comes with the territory. The Patriots have done well helping those players who then proceed to keep their noses clean while here.Still, a player like Haynesworth needs Kraft's blessing. And he's given it. "I found him to be genuine and sincere," said Kraft. "So, now I hope he gets out on the field and does his thing." Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

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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:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

QUESTIONABLE
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)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

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

NOT LISTED
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)