AFC Notes: Colts, Dolphins, Patriots


Colts K Adam Vinatieri told reporters that if the team wants him back next year, “[he] can’t imagine (I’d) not keep playing.”

If they’re wanting, I can’t imagine (I’d) not keep playing, you know?” Vinatieri said, via the Indy Star. “I haven’t made the decision yet. I’ll spend a week or two and just kind of see where we’re at.”

Even so, Vinatieri says he plans to take some time to make a decision.

“I never want to make a decision on a day like today, one way or another,” Vinatieri said. “That’s emotional. You’re not thinking through stuff.

  • Colts WR T.Y. Hilton said Sunday that doctors have told him that he’ll need a few months of rest for his ankle, but it won’t require surgery. (Kevin Bowen)


  • Adam Schefter reports that the Dolphins have Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores as their No. 1 choice to be the team’s next head coach and are planning to finalize an agreement once the Patriots’ season has come to an end.
  • According to Schefter, Dolphins GM Chris Grier was “highly impressed” with Flores and his knowledge of “The Patriot Way.
  • Sources have told Schefter that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross also was impressed with New Orleans Saints DC Dennis Allen. However, Flores’ leadership and character impressed Miami’s brass more.


  • Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Patriots QB Tom Brady is as healthy as he’s been right now than at any point this year.
  • According to Rapoport, Brady has been dealing with an MCL that he suffered while attempting to catch a pass against the Titans.

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  1. All of this HOOPLAH surrounding Tom Brady every year. Give it a reast already. Brady is a class act and also takes SUPREME care of himself. Did anyone watch his performance against the Chargers on Sunday? Not only was it an offensive clinic, Brady’s passing was laser like precision. Brady is not going anywhere anytime soon. BELIEVE IT! He will keep playing until every QB record is his alone. BELIEVE IT! Brees would need to retire first for Brady to get the career passing yards and touchdown records. And the way Brees and Co. are playing I don’t see the word retirement in Brees’ future for a while. So! Get used to Tom Brady in January and February for at least five more years. Brady joked one time, that he would like to play till 50. Keep doing what your doing and that goal is not a far reach.
    P.S. I wonder if all of this drama surrounding Tom Brady would exist, if Brady was a Dummycrat and not a Republican. Donald Trump did say “Tom Brady is a friend of mine.” Which turned The Media into a “bunch of bowling balls full of butcher knives.” Kudos to Tony Gonzalez for that phrase.

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