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2018 Schedule
4-2, 1st in AFC East

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, who is not expected to play Sunday vs. the Bears, is expected back next week at Buffalo on Monday Night Football, per a source. The Patriots are playing it safe by resting him against the Bears, per Schefter.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots downgrade TE Jacob Hollister, DE Geneo Grissom and DE/OLB John Simon to out for Sunday's game, while TE Rob Gronkowski has been downgraded to doubtful. The potential shortage of tight ends would thrust Dwayne Allen into a possible lead role at the position, with more two-back and three- and four-receiver sets. DT Malcom Brown (knee) has made the trip, giving him a chance to play.

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Source: Gronk stays in NE, eyes Week 8 return

Rob Gronkowski, dealing with an ankle and back injury, is not expected to play Sunday against the Bears but will likely return next week at Buffalo, a source told ESPN.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Patriots tight against the salary cap, CB Stephon Gilmore's contract was tweaked to help provide needed space. Specifically, $4.95 million of Gilmore's base salary was turned into a fully guaranteed roster bonus (prorated over four years), which created $3.71 million in cap space in 2018. This gives the team some room at the trade deadline if it wants to make a move.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots' trip to Chicago to face the Bears on Sunday provided Bill Belichick a springboard to do something close to his heart: Teach history. Players relayed that Belichick went into depth Thursday on the history of Soldier Field, which included iconic old photographs that traced back to some of the earliest games played in the stadium, such as Army vs. Navy – watched by 110,000 spectators – on Nov. 27, 1926. On Friday, when Belichick was asked by reporters about his own memories of coaching at Soldier Field, he highlighted Walter Payton's first game, in 1975, when Belichick was just breaking into the NFL as a special assistant with the Baltimore Colts. "It's a great environment. It's a lot different now. Obviously, it's hard to even recognize Soldier Field as Soldier Field -- certainly from the inside," Belichick said, in reference to renovations from the early 2000s that still preserved some of the stadium's original columns on the outside. "It's a big, expansive structure like JFK [Stadium] in Philly or the [Los Angeles Memorial] Coliseum. You don't see those stadiums any more. It's a pretty special place."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots have ruled out starting right tackle Marcus Cannon (concussion), while TE Rob Gronkowski now is listed with both ankle and back injuries. This means LaAdrian Waddle steps in for Cannon, as expected.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Julian Edelman: I hate the Dodgers.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Josh Gordon: Felt good to open it up at practice with hamstring.

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NFL Week 7 Preview

Field, Mike Clay and Stephania preview the Week 7 slate and break down all the latest injury news.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick's facial expression said it all when asked about the Red Sox advancing to the World Series.

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Pole running Eagles fan gets some glory

The moment in the spotlight isn't over yet for a Philadelphia Eagles fan who stumbled into fame as a viral video star after running into a subway pillar earlier this year.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Trey Flowers: Patriots out to prove they can win on the road.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

One of the themes of the week for Patriots has been proving they can win on the road (0-2). Falling behind early in both road games this year hurt them. "We talked about that, just getting out to a good start," safety Devin McCourty said. "I think when you're on the road and you fall behind, now it's just the energy picks up, it's like everything's against you and you're just fighting uphill."

Bruschi, Woodson all in on Patriots in Week 7 (0:38)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower smiles when asked if it was cold enough at practice to prepare the team for Chicago. "I hope it isn't any colder than that," he says. Temps are in the low 40s and windy.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

As WR Josh Gordon (10) and the Patriots go through a full-pads practice on Thursday — with wind cutting through to give them a preview of what they might experience in Chicago on Sunday — starting right tackle Marcus Cannon (concussion) remains absent.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots injury report: Starting right tackle Marcus Cannon (concussion) doesn't participate, while Julian Edelman (heel), TE Jacob Hollister (hamstring) and DE Deatrich Wise Jr. (ankle/knee) are new additions as limited. For the Bears, OLB Khalil Mack (ankle) did not practice.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots had DE Cornellius "Tank" Carradine (Florida State/49ers-Raiders), DB A.J. Howard (Appalachian State), LB Corey Nelson (Oklahoma/Broncos-Falcons) and LB Tegray Scales (Indiana) in for free-agent workouts. The team is always exploring options and updating emergency lists.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

From the locker room: CB Stephon Gilmore smiled as he opened a package that included these custom Penny Hardaway shoes. Sharp look.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Snapshot: Patriots players have their physical load lightened by Bill Belichick, who has made today's practice a walkthrough. That might be a result of playing Sunday night in an emotionally-charged game.

Team Stats

Passing Yards258.218th
Rushing Yards123.011th
Points For29.34th
Points Against24.7Tied-18th

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