Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots is among at least 41 National Football League players who have had a season-ending knee injury this season, a 64 percent increase from 2011 that comes as defenders have sought to avoid penalties and fines for hits to the head.
Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin was fined $100,000 for interfering with kick returner Jacoby Jones in a Nov. 28 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, a violation that may also lead to draft-pick punishments for the Steelers.
The Carolina Panthers extended their National Football League winning streak to six games by beating the New England Patriots 24-20 on Cam Newton’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn with 59 seconds remaining.
Coach Bill Belichick said he was wrong in his interpretation of a new National Football League rule that helped the New York Jets get a second chance at a winning field goal against his New England Patriots in Week 7.
Jonathan Kraft, whose family business includes two professional sports franchises, says his soccer coach would be an asset to the parent company’s manufacturing, real estate or private equity units, too.
Tim Tebow joined the New England Patriots on the practice field and so far has kept a low profile, with coach Bill Belichick declining to say what position or role Tebow might have with a team that’s made the Super Bowl five times in the past 12 years.