Patriots take a knee during national anthem

Patriots take a knee during national anthem

Dont'a Hightower and Malcolm Butler were among the almost dozen Patriots players who took a knee during the national anthem on Sunday's game at Gillette Stadium.

The Pats allowed the most plays of at least 40 yards (four) and 50 yards (three) in the National Football League through two weeks.

Not all fans weren't going to agree with the protests, and they have as much of a right to voice that as the players do to take a knee. The Texans won that game 27-23. Although tight end Rob Gronkowski missed the end of the Saints game due to a groin injury, Gronkowski reports he should be good to go on Sunday against the talented and ferocious Houston defense.

We'll have up-to-the-minute scoring and stats here throughout the game. However, the Patriots have signed DL Geno Grissom to the 53-man roster from the practice squad but his play Sunday is unsure. They're on pace this season to allow 96 plays (six per game) of at least 20 yards. Also, RB Alfred Blue and NT Brandon Dunn are listed as questionable. Amendola sat out last week after suffering a concussion in the season opener but practiced all week and appears to have cleared the concussion protocol.

Previous year when these two met, New England was down to third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett with Tom Brady suspended and Jimmy Garoppolo injured.

Running back Rex Burkhead, who did not practice all week due to a rib injury suffered against the Saints, has been ruled out.



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