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Dallas Cowboys teammates La'el Collins and Ezekiel Elliott (now with the New England Patriots)

Good news for the New England Patriots was there were no surprises absences at yesterday’s team practice. In fact, Mike Onswenu returned to limited participation after missing Tuesday. Onwenu was forced to leave Sunday’s game due to the injury, while playing his best football of the season at the time. Both Demario Douglas and JuJu Smith-Schuster did not participate as they remain in concussion protocol. If they aren’t able to get on the field by Friday it is extremely unlikely either will be able to play against the Raiders on Sunday.

Today’s edition of Patriots Daily…

Patriots Football Now

PFN – Tanking is not in the New England Patriots DNA

PFN – Sergio Brown taken into custody

PFN+ – NFL Power Rankings

New England Patriots

The Athletic – Robert Kraft would fire Bill Belichick

Yahoo! Sports – Benching Mac Jones is not the answer

Good Morning Football – Former New England executive Scott Pioli assesses the 2023 Patriots struggles

AFC East News

CBS Sports – Buffalo Bills fire top executives due to “unethical circumstance”

Miami Herald – Miami Dolphins WR Chase Claypool practices with his new team for the first time

Jets Wire – New York Jets worked out OT La’el Collins earlier this week (why haven’t the Patriots done this?)

NFL News

NFL.com – Vikings QB Kirk Cousins tried to ignore trade talk

Fox Sports – Ranking the NFL’s best head coaches

CBS Sports – Looking at potential players on the move before the NFL Trade Deadline

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Fun Fact of the Day

The New England Patriots have not made a selection in the top five of the NFL Draft since 1994 (Willie McGinest). The only other NFL franchise with zero during that span is the Pittsburgh Steelers.

On the other end of the spectrum is the Jackson Jaguars (10), followed by the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions, with nine each.

Tweet of the Day

Today’s PFN Tweet of the Day comes from New England Patriots defensive back Jalen Mills (@greengoblin). Just seems so rare for anything in the Patriots locker room to go public with any thoughts on any subjects. In this instance however, Mills certainly seems to take notice of how many snaps he played in Sunday’s blowout loss to New Orleans…

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