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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots RB James White entered the blue pop-up tent along the sideline after the Patriots' second drive. He had gotten up slowly after a reception on the drive but had stayed in the game until the Patriots were forced to punt.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

After Monday's loss, Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater said players lacked the needed energy and urgency. Players responded against the Steelers, with the defense getting a quick stop and Tom Brady and the offense quickly turning it into a touchdown for an early need. The Patriots look like a different team than Mon

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

First look at Kenny Britt (85) in a Patriots uniform.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots fans at Heinz Field welcoming Rob Gronkowski back to action.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

FPI is envisioning an evenly-matched contest in Pittsburgh today.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots inactives: RB Mike Gillislee, OT Cole Croston, DE Geneo Grissom, WR Chris Hogan, LB Kyle Van Noy, DT Alan Branch, and STer Brandon King. This means that DE Eric Lee (ankle) passed his pre-game test, and that WR Kenny Britt will make his Patriots debut.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

DE Eric Lee, who played every defensive snap on Monday as the Patriots were thin at the position, is going through a pre-game medical test on the field. He is officially questionable with an ankle injury and was limited in practice all week. The pre-game test adds context to how significant Lee's ankle injury has been this week.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady walks off Heinz Field after going through his pre-game routine of assessing field conditions and how the weather might be a factor.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady surveys the conditions at Heinz Field during his pre-game visit to the field.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Kenny Britt arrives at Heinz Field. Barring an unexpected injury development pre-game, Britt is expected to make his Patriots debut.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

In a reflection of the big-time nature of today's Patriots-Steelers game, Steelers PR officials compare the media credentials issued to somewhere between divisional-round and AFC title game levels.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots WR Chris Hogan is not expected to play against the Steelers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Hogan returned from a shoulder injury last week and played 55 of 61 snaps, finishing with 1 catch for 1 yard on 5 targets. He had one notable hiccup as a blocker in the running game.

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Steelers' D needs to get their hands on Brady (2:01)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

While there are some moving parts injury-wise that could affect decision-making with the team's inactive list, WR Kenny Britt is part of the game-plan today. Depending on the injury situation, it would not be a surprise if Britt makes his Patriots debut today.

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Tatum drops the hammer on the Grizzlies (0:18)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Based on age (30) and numbers, J.D. Martinez will get bigger deal than Yoenis Cespedes (4 yrs./$110M at age 31 last year from Mets) and Justin Upton (5 yrs./$106M at age 30 last month from Angels). But how much bigger? Scott Boras, believed to be seeking seven years, will point to Martinez and Mike Trout as only players since 2014 to hit .300 or better with at least 125 HR, 350 RBIs and 140 OPS+ as reason Martinez should get at least $28 million per year.