Lawyer 'has doubt' Meriweather shot 2 men

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Lawyer 'has doubt' Meriweather shot 2 men

By TomE. Curran
CSNNE.com

A report on Deadspin.com that Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather allegedly pulled a gunand shot at a man involved in a dispute with one of his friends, grazing theintended target and striking another man in thehead, is getting murkier by the minute.

Attorney John Morgan, the on-the-record source of the Deadspin story, appeared on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show Thursday morning and said he has "a lot of doubt" that Meriweather was actually the shooter.

"That's what the two victims, who are his clients told me," Morgan told hosts Gerry Callahan and Dale Arnold. (Arnold was filling in for John Dennis.) "I don't assume that to be true at all. I assume nothing to be true until we get the investigation completed."

Also, the Boston Globe's Greg Bedard reported on Twitter that a source told him Meriweather "wasn't" the shooter.

The Sheriff's Office in Orange County Florida is reportedly investigating the incident. The report on Deadspin says a friend of Meriweather's was involved in an altercation with a woman at Blue Jeans Lounge in Apokpa, Florida. The woman's brother arrived at a party later and, when a fight broke out, Meriweather "allegedly pulled out his gun and fired at the brother, grazing the man's face and hitting the other victim in the head."Morgan told Deadspin the person struck in the head is "extremely lucky to be alive." If true, this wouldn't be Meriweather's first gun-related incident. While at the University of Miami, Meriweather returned fire at assailants who shot his then-teammate Willie Cooper in the buttocks. Meriweather had a permit for the gun and it was determined he acted in self-defense.
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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)