Achilles tendon he suffered almost a year ago and could return to practice soon.When Foreman returns to practice the team will have 21 days to take him off the physically unable to perform list and add him to the active roster.He believes he could return to practice as early as this week.“I’m just waiting for them to let me know Maxx Crosby Jersey , but I think it will be this week,” he said. “I definitely think it will be this week. But … I’m just ready to go out there. Whenever they put my helmet in my locker and tell me: ‘Let’s go.'”Foreman, a third-round pick in 2017 from Texas, ran for 327 yards with two touchdowns and had 83 yards receiving before his injury on Nov. 19.Coach Bill O’Brien didn’t give an exact date for when he expects him to begin practicing, but said Monday that it would be “pretty soon.” After that they’ll evaluate him to see if he’s in good enough shape to return to the active roster.“I think that there’s a lot of thought that goes into that for the player and for the team,” O’Brien said.“He has not played football in a long time. He’s a very young player. He’s got a lot of talent, everybody saw that last year, but let’s see where he’s at. Let’s see where he’s at before we start handing him the ball in big games.”Foreman, who won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top collegiate running back in 2016, said he’s feeling great now, but that his rehabilitation process was trying.“At first it was difficult,” he said. “I just had a lot of up and down days not knowing if I would feel the same or how would I feel coming off of it. But … I’ve been rehabbing for a long time (and) I’m just looking forward to getting back out there.”The Texans, who are coming off their bye Foster Moreau Jersey , visit Washington on Sunday before hosting the Titans on Nov. 26. Patriot Fatigue is a national affliction.
Outside of New England, we’ve all become a bit nauseated at the sight of these guys in the Super Bowl year after monotonous year, a numbing, inevitable exercise that’s transformed America’s greatest sporting event into nothing more a quaint backyard game hosted by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
Since there is no known cure, the hardcore football faithful might want to mimic those who tune in Sunday for nothing more than the commercials and Justin Timberlake’s halftime show – and tune out before the end of the game, thereby avoiding any chance of coming down with another Patriots’ celebration.
At this point, it would probably be more appropriate to award the NFL champion a bronzed hoodie rather than the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
But true fans, please – if only for a moment – appreciate what is happening here.
This is undoubtedly the greatest dynasty in NFL history, a team that long ago raced past Lombardi’s Packers and Pittsburgh’s Steel Curtain and Montana’s 49ers. No one has come close to maintaining such a level of excellence for the better part of two decades, so it seems downright reasonable to proclaim, without a hint of hesitation, that we’ll never see their likes again.
Don’t limit it to football, either.
The Patriots very well could be the greatest dynasty of them all Joey Bosa Jersey , in any sport. Sure, we’ll get objections from the New York Yankees and the Boston Celtics and the Montreal Canadiens, but many of their titles came in a totally different era, before expansion and free-agency and salary caps and longer playoff grinds, all of which were supposed to ensure more parity.
Those rules apply to everyone else.
Not the Patriots.
”I think everyone in the league sort of envies their success to some extent, and rightfully so,” said Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson, whose team will try to take down the Patriots this time around. ”They’ve been there, done that many times, and that’s something that every other team would love to have.”
Those who focus solely on this Groundhog Day-like moment miss the bigger picture.
It all began way back in 2001, just days after the horror of 9/11, when Brady took over as quarterback for longtime starter Drew Bledsoe, who went down with an injury after signing a 10-year contract extension.
With their unheralded Tony Pollard Jersey , sixth-round draft pick leading the way, the Patriots went on to capture the first of what has grown to five Super Bowl titles.
But, in a sense, those crowns are merely the toppers on an enormous cake.
More impressive in our eyes are the 17 straight winning seasons, only one with fewer than 10 victories. More impressive are the 15 AFC East championships, including the current run of nine in a row. More impressive are the 12 appearances – and eight triumphs – in the AFC championship game. More impressive is staying on top with an ever-changing cast of characters, accumulated through all manner of signings, trades and late-round draft picks.
Ever changing, that is, except for Belichick’s singularly focused coaching genius and the 40-year-old Brady’s age-defying excellence on the field.
For those looking for a respite, don’t count on it anytime soon. Even that scathing ESPN article, which alleged a major rift between Belichick and Brady (and was quickly denied by all), sounded a bit like wishful thinking.
Asked if he’s thought about how long he wants to coach Noah Fant Jersey , Belichick gave a typical response.
”My focus is on Sunday,” the 65-year-old droned. ”That’s my window right now.”
Brady was downright defiant about his desire to keep playing.
”Why does everyone want me to retire so bad?” he said. ”I don’t get it. I’m having fun. The team’s doing good. I know I’m a little bit older than most of the other guys, but I’m really enjoying it.”
Of course, there are those that will say the Patriots cheated their way to the top, and there’s no denying they claimed a virtual monopoly on ”gates” with accusations of spying on opponents and deflating footballs.
And, sure, they’ve carried themselves with all the smugness of a team that knows it’s better than everyone else. For instance, their most recent championship rings came with 283 diamonds, a karated commemoration of New England’s historic comeback from a 28-3 deficit in last year’s Super Bowl.
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, whose team was on the wrong end of that comeback, was not amused by the not-so-subtle jab. In August, he confronted his New England counterpart, Robert Kraft.
”I said to Robert Dalton Risner Jersey , `You didn’t have to do the 28-3 in the ring,”’ Blank said in a New York Times Magazine article chronicling the 2016 season. ”It kind of (ticked) me off.”
The Falcons won’t get a chance at revenge. Not this year, at least.
They were eliminated on the second weekend of the playoffs by the Eagles.
The Patriots, to no one’s surprise, are back again.
Yeah, it’s getting a little old.
But, before you flip the channel Sunday, take a moment to savor the greatness.
Paul Newberry is a sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry(at)ap.org or at