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Gronk will be the difference for Patriots (0:44)
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Brady: Patriots must be above mediocre (0:51)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots had free agents DB Chandler Fenner (Holy Cross), DB Jonathon Mincy (Auburn) and LB Kacy Rodgers (Miami) in for workouts. The team regularly brings in free agents to keep emergency lists fresh, and at this time of year, to sometimes lay the foundation for 2018 future contracts.

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Steelers equipped to take down Pats (0:42)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady on why he has been at practice both days this week after taking at least one practice off for extra treatment each of the prior three weeks: "I'm just feeling better. It's a short week so just try to get out there and practice. Like I said, I take it week to week and I feel really good this week. So I'm very happy about that."

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Expectations keep Hogan on the love list (0:37)
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12hJerry Crasnick

Will winter meetings sparks finally light the hot stove fire?

The Marlins' salary dump continued, and critics took turns bashing them. A group of relievers cashed in. And, well, the rest of this week was more of a fact-finding mission than a splash of activity. Big moves are coming, it's just a matter of when.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The significant news from the media-access portion of Thursday's practice was that QB Tom Brady was present for the second day in a row. This is a shift from each of the prior three weeks, when he missed at least one practice to receive extra treatment. Also, DT Alan Branch (knee) remains out, while CB Johnson Bademosi wasn't spotted.

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

The Boston Bruins have finally decided that this Matt Beleskey thing isn't working out, placing him on waivers on Thursday. He signed a five-year, $19-million free agent contract with the Bruins in July 2015, capitalizing on a career year of 22 goals and 10 assists with Anaheim. He had 15 goals and 22 assists in his first season in Boston; since then, he's battled through injuries and general ineffectiveness, with three goals and five assists in 49 games last season and no points in 14 games this season. His last goal was on March 15. He has two more years left on his deal with a $3.8 million cap hit, although his base salary drops from $4 million to $3 million next season. Will another general manager offer a change in scenery, or is the book on the 29-year-old winger that he was an offensive anomaly that was lucky to cash in when he did?

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Gordon Hayward said that, with the Jazz in town for Friday's game vs. the Celtics, he's hoping to meet up with some of his former teammates. And while he said it will be “weird” to watch his former team play his current one, Hayward playfully added, "I hope we beat them by 40."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Gordon Hayward shed his walking boot Wednesday and wore just a small brace during a visit to play Destiny 2 with teens at the Boys and Girls Club of Boston. (Photo: Paul Marotta / Getty Images for Activision)

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Stevens pulls off seamless dad joke (0:37)
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Marchand's OT goal is the difference maker for B's (0:48)
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Celtics defeat Nuggets in Horford's absence (0:58)