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Troy Brown No Gronk? No Problem ... Pats Will Dominate Playoffs

12/4/2016 8:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Take a deep breath, Patriots fans!! Losing Rob Gronkowski isn't the end of the world ... so says New England legend Troy Brown, who thinks the Pats are still Super Bowl bound THIS YEAR.

Gronk had season-ending surgery on his back Friday ... leaving the folks in Foxborough worried about their chances at the team's 5th Lombardi trophy.

But Brown -- a member of the Patriots Hall of Fame -- says New England is so used to players like Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo coming off the bench and dominating, the "next man up" concept is part of the team's DNA.

"That football team was great before Gronk, it was great with Gronk, and they're probably going to be great without him."

#HopeSpringsEternal #BelieveInBelichick

Rob Gronkowski Dr. Oz Explains Back Injury ... Here's Why He Needs Surgery

12/3/2016 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Here's Dr. Oz dumbing down Rob Gronkowski's season-ending back injury, 'cause we know all that medical talk can be confusing sometimes.

Gronk left the Pats v. Jets last Sunday due to a herniated disc ... and now that the team announced that he's having season-ending surgery, Oz explains why the Pro Bowl TE won't be able to contribute to New England's Super Bowl run.

Long story short ... Gronk is in a lot of pain, but Oz believes he should be fine in a few months.

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Julian Edelman I'M A DADDY Flies to L.A. for Birth of Daughter!

12/1/2016 7:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1201-julian-edelman-ela-rose-fa-tmz-instagram-getty-01Good news for Julian Edelman ... the New England Patriots star is finally a dad -- after Swedish model Ella Rose gave birth to their daughter last night! 

We're told Edelman flew to L.A. on Wednesday morning so he could be by her side for the birth ... and fortunately, things worked out! 

8 pound, 5 ounce Lily was born on Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai in L.A., as first reported by the Boston Globe

Ella had filed paternity docs back in July naming Edelman as the father. We're told the two are on good terms but are NOT on romantic terms. They've sort of been friends with benefits for the past few years. 

Our sources say Julian is committed to co-parenting the kid and being a good dad.  

We're told Julian will be back in Boston either tonight or tomorrow and is planning to play against the Rams on Sunday. 

Congrats! 

UPDATE -- Edelman's back in Boston and already with the team. 

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Donald Trump Tom Brady Has My Back Belichick Wrote Me Pump Up Letter

11/8/2016 5:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1008-trump-brady-belichick-tmz-getty-01The biggest stars on the New England Patriots are strongly Team Trump -- so says Donald who claims Tom Brady called and Bill Belichick wrote him a letter pledging their championship support. 

In fact, Trump told his crowd in New Hampshire Monday night that he didn't expect the note he got from Coach Belichick to be so strong and was pleasantly surprised by his public endorsement. 

He also said Brady gave him full permission to go public with his support -- finally. 

Trump read Belichick's letter to the crowd -- and it's strong.

Question is ... will it be enough to get him into the White House? Stay tuned ... 

Patriots vs.Bills Flag Down ... Dildo on the Field

10/30/2016 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A scofflaw tried inserting himself in the Patriots / Bills game Sunday by firing a dildo on to the field.

A ref was tasked with the duty to remove the errant projectile from the 5-yard line.

Unclear what happened to the fan but we're guessing he was rooting for the Bills, and if so, he's a sore loser.

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Ben Affleck Pats Lost to Rex Ryan??? 'F***!'

10/3/2016 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1003-ben-affleck-rex-ryan-tmz-getty-02This is pretty hilarious ... Ben Affleck's raw reaction when he found out his beloved Patriots were getting spanked by Rex Ryan's Buffalo Bills. 

"F***."

It all went down when Affleck was getting ready to do an interview with Sports Illustrated ... and he dared to ask the reporter about the score. 

Affleck wasn't just upset that they were losing ... but the fact they were losing to REX RYAN!  

Tom Brady & Gisele Sun's Out, Buns Out ... Ass Tanning In Italy

9/29/2016 9:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0929_tom_brady_gisele_bundhcen_thong_booty_italy_launch_3Dude, you SURE you wanna come back to work???

Tom Brady and Gisele made time for an Italian tanning session while hanging out in Positano -- a session that was sure to take the QB's mind off his 4 game Deflategate suspension. 

Of course, Tom is now gearing up for his NFL return -- which is now just 10 days away. 

Then again, the Patriots are scheduled to play the Browns next weekend ... so, it's probably cool if he takes another week. Pats fans will understand ... right? 

Ronda Rousey 'Absolutely Wants to Fight Cyborg' ... Says Dana White

9/27/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The biggest fight in women's MMA could actually happen -- because Dana White tells TMZ Sports ... Ronda Rousey "absolutely, positively" wants to fight Cris "Cyborg" Justino.

With Cyborg coming off ANOTHER dominating performance this weekend, we had to ask White if UFC's fastest rising superstar will finally get her wish ... a shot at Rousey.

Check out the clip ... White -- who was outside Stand Up NY -- says he's still gunning to get Ronda back in the Octagon this year -- and then focus on setting up the superfight with Cyborg.

The good news for Rousey fans -- "She's getting nasty again and her head's in the right place."

BONUS -- White is also a HUUUUUGE New England Patriots fan ... and gave his team all sorts of dap for crushing people without the use of Tom Brady.

Tom Brady & Gisele Jet to Italy Because ... Best Suspension Ever!!

9/24/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0923_tom_brady_gisele_bundchen_dinner_Capri_launch_3Tom Brady might wanna extend his NFL suspension -- his Patriots keep winning, and he's free to fly off to Italy on a whim with his supermodel wife ... the ultimate win-win.

TMZ Sports got these photos of Gisele and TB enjoying a romantic dinner Friday night on the island of Capri. The couple got all cozy at a restaurant called Aurora -- we're told he had pasta, she had a salad (typical model).

The Pats' future QB fought this 4-game suspension for Deflategate for more than a year, but check the pics -- Tom doesn't look too pissed about his newfound free time.

It's back to the salt mines in less than 2 weeks, but for now Brady's 100% the GOAT ... at being exiled.

#ThanksGoodell

Mark Wahlberg Tom Brady Or Not ... The Pats Are #1!!

9/22/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mark Wahlberg just put the ENTIRE NFL on notice ... the Patriots are SO GOOD, they'll whoop your team's ass ... with or without Tom Brady.

TMZ Sports got Mark in NYC Wednesday ... and quizzed him on the highly anticipated return of Brady.

FYI -- the Patriots have 2 games left without T.B. ... before the Golden Boy returns.

Check out the clip ... Wahlberg breaks down the rest of the season ... and even predicts the outcome of the next 3 games.

Better luck next time, Houston, Buffalo and Cleveland.

Julian Edelman Still in Adriana's Starting Lineup After Seacrest Date

9/21/2016 8:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0921-edleman-lima-getty-01Adriana Lima's still going strong with New England Patriots star Julian Edelman ... who doesn't seem the least bit phased by her "date" with Ryan Seacrest.

Sources close to the Pat and the supermodel tell us EdeLima is still very much a thing. In fact ... the Victoria's Secret Angel was in Boston visiting the NFL star just a couple weeks ago. We're told she hung out with him and his friends, which is always a big deal. 

We're told the visit was one week before Adriana was seen at an NYC restaurant with Seacrest, but Julian's not the jealous type ... and he believes she's just friends with the host. 

Julian's focused on a different kinda victory right now -- he's busy prepping to be the backup QB for Thursday's game against the Texans.

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Jacoby Brissett's H.S. Coach Don't Worry, Patriots Fans 'He's Done This Before'

9/20/2016 11:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0919_Jacoby-Brissett_gettyNo Brady or Garoppolo? No problem ... 'cause backup Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett's no stranger to filling in on short notice. 

With Tom Brady (suspended) and Jimmy Garoppolo (injured) sidelined, 23-year-old Brissett will take over under center against the Texans this Thursday.

TMZ Sports spoke with Jack Daniels -- Brissett's football coach at Dwyer High School in Florida -- who tells us the rookie signal caller started showing his insane game preparation when he was a freshman.

"He's been through this before," Daniels says. "We were facing one of the best teams in the country and our starter went down. Jacoby came in as a 15-year-old and went 12 for 12." 

“I talked to him after the game. He’s excited for the opportunity to play. He’s going to do whatever he can to help this team win. I think he’s going to be a little nervous.”

“He’ll be ready to play. He loves to win. He loves football. He’s a super kid and there’s something about him. He’s a winner and he always finds a way to come out on top.”

Wes Welker Reunites with Bob Kraft ... Over Martinis

9/19/2016 9:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0919-Wes-Welker-and-Bob-Kraft-capoNew England Pats owner Bob Kraft came face-to-face with one of his most famous ex-WRs this weekend, Wes Welker ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Turns out, the two both happened to be dining at Capo Restaurant in Boston (a pro athlete hot spot) on Saturday night -- before the Patriots took on the Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. 

We're told the owner of the place told Wes that Bob was dining in another section of the restaurant -- and Wes decided to go pay his old boss a visit. 

A restaurant spokesperson tells us both Wes and Kraft left their parties and sat down at their own table -- where they talked by themselves for roughly 30 minutes and drank martinis. 

Unclear what they talked about -- but Welker was telling staffers that he was in town to throw with Tom Brady ... which he did

The next day, Welker went to the game ... dressed in a Tom Brady mask ... and the fans LOVED it. 

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