FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It has been 13 days since the New England Patriots last played a football game, a 20-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Jan. 3. It seems like an eternity based on everything that has happened since that point.
A recap of where we’ve been, leading into Saturday’s divisional-round playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs (CBS, 4:35 p.m. ET):
Jan. 3: Tom Brady sustains a right ankle sprain against Miami when Ndamukong Suh lands on him on a second-quarter rush. “I’ve had plenty of injuries worse than this one,” Brady said on sports radio WEEI.
Jan. 4: The Dolphins request permission to speak with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia for their head-coaching vacancy, while the Lions request permission to speak with director of pro personnel Bob Quinn for their general-manager opening.
Jan. 5: The Browns are granted permission to speak with Patricia for their head-coaching vacancy.
Jan. 6: Brady says he’s feeling better and relays a quote that he likes: “I didn’t come this far to only come this far.” The team holds a walkthrough practice.
Jan. 7: Special teams standout Nate Ebner is spotted at a walk-through practice with a cast on his right arm/hand. In the locker room, tight end Rob Gronkowski talks about enjoying watching wild-card games as a fan.
Jan. 8: Bill Belichick surprises players by taking them bowling. Gronkowski and kicker Stephen Gostkowski are named All-Pro selections. Quinn is hired by the Lions as general manager.
Jan. 9: Patricia interviews with the Browns (who later hired Hue Jackson). Brady enjoys the “chill zone” while watching football on the weekend off. Gronkowski travels to Florida for a quick getaway.
Jan. 10: After learning the Patriots would face the Chiefs, Belichick says on a conference call that the 2014 blowout loss to Kansas City has relevance in the game-planning process.
Jan. 11: Receiver Julian Edelman holds court with reporters for the greatest length of time since breaking a bone in his left foot Nov. 15. “I’m going to go full throttle,” he says. “If it goes, it goes.” Edelman also shows he’s into Shakespeare.
Jan. 12: Gronkowski isn’t spotted at practice, the first sign something is amiss. Later that day, the Boston Herald reports on defensive end Chandler Jones’ emergency hospital visit. Belichick shows up at his news conference with a black eye. “I think I’ll live,” he says.
Jan. 13: The locker room is jammed with reporters, as players support Jones. Gronkowski returns to practice with limited work.
Jan. 14: In his first news conference since word of the Jones incident came out, Belichick gets testy with reporters. He doesn’t reveal if Jones might have his role altered, telling a reporter, “I could just Xerox you a copy of the game plan and you can send it over to Kansas City. That might be easier for all of us.” Gronkowski isn’t at practice as he’s at the hospital getting treatment (knee/back). Jones briefly addresses reporters and admits to making a "pretty stupid mistake."
Jan. 15: Gronkowski officially is listed as questionable, while rookie guard Tre’ Jackson is ruled out.
Jan. 16: Let’s play football.