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December 12, 2014 Updated: December 12, 2014

Following a win over the San Diego Chargers, the New England Patriots will play the Miami Dolphins in Foxboro.


Brady health regimen described

Tom Brady’s intensive health regimen was revealed in an in-depth Sports Illustrated article this week.

Per the Boston Globe:

Diet: Brady has a seasonal diet, meaning he eats certain foods in the winter – like red meat – and mostly raw food in the summer, the SI article says.

He eats a diet that is 80 percent alkaline, 20 percent acidic, which he says balances his metabolic system.

Sleep: Brady has difficulty unwinding after a day of football, so he does cognitive exercises before bedtime to “destimulate” his brain. He falls asleep by 9 p.m. and is able to wake up without an alarm.

He also doesn’t lift weights and uses resistance bands. He also exercises in water and on sand.

Brady also tends to avoid alcohol and falls asleep by 9 p.m. while waking up without an alarm.


Belichick accused of stalling treatment to injured player

Bill Belichick is being accused by the NFL Players Association of telling a team doctor to delay treatment for former Cincinnati Bengals DT Jonathan Fanene, who signed with the Patriots in 2012 but never played.

Team physician Thomas Gill, who was later asked to resign by the NFLPA, allegedly was told by Belichick to “play four corner offense,” which is a reference to a stalling tactic in basketball, according to the Washington Post.

“Coach Belichick sent an e-mail that said something about ‘let’s play some four corners here,’ which I think had to do with the timing,” Gill said. “It’s vague to me at this point. 

“He was saying let’s slow this process down till we can figure out what’s going on with Jonathan. Coach was talking about a day or two of trying to figure things out.”

“Ultimately Dr. Gill refused to do the surgery at all,” the report stated.

At the time, Belichick said about Fanene, “It just didn’t work out, nothing to add other than that. It just didn’t work out.”


Cannon gets $9M extension

Offensive lineman Marcus Cannon signed a $9 million extension with the team, according to reports on Friday.

According to ESPN, a source said the deal was recently made. He was playing on the final year of his rookie deal.

Cannon has played in all of the Patriots’ 13 games so far this season.

He was picked in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft.


2012 killings not allowed in Hernandez case, says Judge

Prosecutors in a murder case against Aaron Hernandez won’t be allowed to tell a jury about two other killings with which the ex-New England Patriot is charged or the final text messages the victim sent to his sister, a judge ruled Friday.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. He has also pleaded not guilty to the fatal shootings of two men in 2012 after an encounter at a Boston nightclub.

Prosecutors have said Hernandez may have showed Lloyd the spot where the double shooting allegedly took place, and suggested that was a possible motive for killing Lloyd.

“I don’t think that it’s fair to say these things aren’t relevant,” said Assistant District Attorney William McCauley.

But Judge E. Susan Garsh, after hearing arguments, said the prosecution’s theory is “clearly in the realm of speculation” and “does not comport with common sense.” She said there was no demonstrated link between the two crimes and disallowed the introduction of the 2012 homicides.

Garsh also said Friday she would not admit the final text messages sent by Lloyd to his sister, including one sent just minutes before he was shot to death at an industrial park near Hernandez’s North Attleborough home.

Prosecutors say Lloyd sent the messages while in a car with Hernandez and suggested they showed he had become fearful. One said “U saw who I’m with” and another indicated the person was “NFL,” referring to Hernandez, adding “just so u know.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.