2017 ScheduleAll times ET

2017 Schedule
10-3, 1st in AFC East
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2hMike Reiss

Patriots LB Van Noy (calf) out vs. Steelers

The Patriots downgraded linebacker Kyle Van Noy to out for Sunday's AFC showdown against the Steelers because of a calf injury. Core special-teams player Brandon King (hamstring) was also ruled out.

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6hJeremy Fowler

Steelers duo, Brady get most Pro Bowl votes

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell received the most fan votes for the Pro Bowl, followed by Patriots QB Tom Brady and Steelers WR Antonio Brown. The top NFC vote getter is Eagles QB Carson Wentz. The Rams are represented by RB Todd Gurley and QB Jared Goff.

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DE Trey Flowers, who missed the last two games with an injury to his ribs, is traveling with the Patriots to Pittsburgh today. That gives Flowers (team-high 6 sacks) a chance to make his return in Sunday's AFC showdown against Pittsburgh. Flowers, who has made significant progress in his recovery, hadn't traveled to the last two games.

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RB Mike Gillislee (on 5 straight inactives): "It's been a coach's decision. ... It's not easy, I can tell you that. But I'm a team player and always going to put my team first. I'm not going to be a distraction."

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1dMike Reiss

Gronk deflects suspension-related questions

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says he learned from his mistake that led to a one-game suspension, but he brushed off questions about reaching out to Tre'Davious White and cut his news conference short.

Gronk not interested in questions about suspension (0:19)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rob Gronkowski deflected follow-up questions on the suspension and what led to it, saying his focus was on the Steelers. After about 2 minutes, and with questions not coming rapid fire, Gronkowski left abruptly and said, "Thank you guys, I'm out."

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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski: "I definitely learned from the mistake that I made, for sure. But I have a huge game this Sunday, so I'm just putting all my focus on the Steelers this week."

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As Elandon Roberts (52) and Malcolm Brown (90) loosen up at Patriots practice, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski stand next to each other in the distance. The two are looking forward to connecting again as Gronkowski returns from a one-game NFL suspension.

Gronk will be the difference for Patriots (0:44)
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.

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."

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

Team Stats

Passing Yards287.21st
Rushing Yards113.215th
Points For28.34th
Points Against19.2Tied-5th