Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer
Jaguars-Patriots Wednesday injury report.
Jaguars-Patriots Wednesday injury report.
Patriots LT Nate Solder on how Tom Brady looked in practice: "About 6-foot-6." Brady was limited due to a right-hand injury, according to the injury report.
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski had high praise for the Jaguars today, telling media during a news conference: "It's a big challenge. They have many great players. It's the best team we've faced all year. AFC championship game this weekend, we have to be ready, be prepared. Big challenge for sure."
Patriots QB Tom Brady was limited in practice with an injury to his right throwing hand, per the team's participation report. A team public relations staffer had explained that Brady was meeting with the medical staff after practice, and that was why he didn't hold his scheduled news conference.
Patriots DB Eric Rowe on maligned Jaguars QB Blake Bortles: "You can't be trash and be in the championship game."
Adam Thielen is dealing with a low back injury and did not practice on Wednesday. Neither did Shamar Stephen, who injured his knee against the Saints. Andrew Sendejo (concussion) and Mackensie Alexander (ribs) were limited participants.
Tom Brady won't be holding his scheduled news conference today. A Patriots public relations staffer says he is meeting with the medical staff and will be on the injury report when it is released later today.
Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue got a lot of love from Bill Belichick. The Patriots' coach raved about his "non-stop motor," saying, "Even when he's blocked, he's not really blocked."
Greg Olson says the Raiders are still contemplating whether or not to hire a QB coach since he is the OC and Jon Gruden will call plays.
Greg Olson: "Everything we do in this building is about the development of Derek Carr...we grow as Derek Carr grows."
Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson, on how different Derek Carr looks from his rookie year, when Olson was his OC: "He had a big year (in 2016) and still looks extremely talented. He obviously took a step backwards..,but he's demonstrated he's a more mature player. You see that on tape...a lot of upside and a lot of room for growth."
Bill Belichick opens his remarks by noting that it is a privilege to compete in this game.
Patriots S Devin McCourty is playing in his seventh straight AFC Championship Game. All told, he has played in 17 postseason games. "I never take it for granted," he said. As a reminder, all he has to do is look at his brother, Jason McCourty: Nine years, no playoff games.
Matthew Slater dons a "New England vs. Everybody" shirt at his AFC Championship Game news conference.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on Todd Haley: "I have made the decision to not renew the contract for offensive coordinator Todd Haley. I would like to thank Todd for his contributions to our offense the past six years, and we wish him the best in his coaching future."
The Bills on Wednesday signed safety Kelcie McCray to a future contract. He has played in 63 games since 2013 for the Dolphins, Buccaneers, Chiefs and Seahawks. He started seven games for Seattle between 2015 and 2016.
Devin McCourty says Bill Belichick mentioned it to players that the Jaguars are a team that isn't afraid to go for it on fourth down, as they showed last week.
Kris Richard released this statement through the Seahawks a day after the team fired him as defensive coordinator: "I would like to thank Mr. Allen and the entire Seahawks organization for the opportunity to realize my dreams. I wish nothing but the best for everyone associated with the organization and the 12s moving forward."
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski says "you can take a little bit" from having joint practices with the Jaguars when preparing for Sunday's game against them.
Patriots TE Gronkowski called the Jaguars "the best team we're facing all year." He lauded the Jaguars' defense: "Very, very competitive defense. Fast, tough, physical." He expects no easy plays. He expects every play to be well-contested.
Vikings WR Adam Thielen did not appear to be practicing today. During the portion of practice open to reporters, he was on the field wearing a jersey and a baseball hat. His injury, which the Vikings must identify via their injury report later Wednesday, is not believed to be serious.
Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles said it was pretty cool that former ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer sought him out last year to apologize for calling him the NFL's "worst quarterback." Next part of his response was, "How'd you hear about that."
Andrew Sendejo had a helmet on and went through individual drills. Adam Thielen was at practice but did not have a helmet and was not participating during the media portion. Shamar Stephen the only player not present. He sustained a knee injury Sunday.
Jaguars DE Calais Campbell on playing the Patriots: "To be the best you've got to beat the best. I can't wait to get out there and try."
Mike Zimmer said safety Andrew Sendejo will get some individual work in at practice today while he remains in the concussion protocol. "He'll be fine," Zimmer said.