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Patriots check out Jermichael Finley

June, 2, 2014
There's another potential suitor for tight end Jermichael Finley, but it's with the same caveat as there is with the Green Bay Packers.

Everything hinges on Finley's surgically repaired neck.

The free-agent tight end visited the New England Patriots last Friday, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. The trip to Foxborough came less than a week after Finley was in Green Bay to check in with the Packers' team doctors.

Finley has reportedly been cleared by the doctor who performed his neck fusion surgery, Dr. Joseph Maroon. But the Packers' doctors did not put Finley through the full battery of tests that would need to be done in order to clear him to return to the team.

Last week, Packers tight end Brandon Bostick, one of Finley's closest former teammates, said he believes Finley will play in the NFL again but was not sure whether it would be in Green Bay.

Finley bruised his spinal cord -- an injury that left him briefly without movement and feeling -- after taking a hit in the Oct. 20 game against the Cleveland Browns. He has not played since. Less than a month later, he had his C-3 and C-4 vertebrae fused together.

He was in the final season of a two-year, $14 million contract when he was injured. As an unrestricted free agent, he is allowed to visit and be examined by any team.

The Patriots' interest in Finley makes sense. Tight end Rob Gronkowski is coming off ACL reconstruction. The other tight ends on their roster are former Packers draft pick D.J. Williams, Michael Hoomanawanui and rookies Justin Jones and Asa Watson.

Brady, Rodgers convene at Kentucky Derby

May, 3, 2014
In what has seemingly become a rite of spring for Tom Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback attended the Kentucky Derby.

Brady, who took in the race festivities Saturday at Churchill Downs along with friends and teammates, also spent some time chatting with fellow California native and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was born in Chico and played college football at Cal.

There was no word on whether the respective Super Bowl champions and Golden State natives cashed in on California Chrome's Derby win.

Help us rank the NFL's five 6-3 teams

November, 13, 2012
There are five NFL teams currently at 6-3 on the season, including the two squaring off in Foxborough on Sunday: the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts. The others are the Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers. Where do the Patriots fall among these six? Rank them HERE.

BroncosBroncos: Peyton’s bunch has won four in a row and five of six after starting 1-2. The offense seems to be hitting on all cylinders, having scored 31 or more points in each of the last four games. The only tough game remaining on their schedule is a Dec. 16 game at Baltimore.
ColtsColts: Led by a rookie quarterback and inspired by a coach battling Leukemia, the Colts are the feel-good story of the NFL. They too have won four in a row and five of their last six (including an impressive win over Green Bay). This week’s matchup against the Patriots could show us whether they’re true contenders. Indy still has two games remaining against the division-leading Texans.

PackersPackers: Winners of four straight and five of six, the Packers' most impressive victory of the season is a Week 6 trouncing of Houston. Their remaining schedule is a tough one: two games against the Lions, plus road games versus the Giants and Bears.
PatriotsPatriots: Despite lingering questions about a porous pass defense, the Patriots have won five of their last six games. The road ahead includes key matchups against Indy on Sunday and Houston and San Francisco in December.
SteelersSteelers: Perhaps the biggest question mark of the bunch, thanks to a shoulder injury to Ben Roethlisberger suffered in Monday’s close-call win over the hapless Chiefs. The Steelers, too, are a team on a roll, having won four in a row and five of six (are you sensing a trend here?). They still have two key matchups remaining against the Ravens.

Your turn: Use the ranker tool to do your own mini power rankings of these five teams and leave your thoughts in the comments section of this blog entry.

Editor's note:'s latest Power Rankings are out, with the Packers at No. 6, the Broncos at No. 7, the Patriots at No. 8, the Steelers ninth and the Colts at No. 11.