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BREAKING NEWS: Brady signs Buccaneers extension

By Sports Desk March 12, 2021

Tom Brady has signed a contract extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that will keep him with the team through 2022.

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    Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick requires hip surgery and is set to miss the rest of the 2021 season, it emerged on Tuesday.

    The news, reported by the NFL's official website and elsewhere, means Fitzpatrick's active involvement with Washington may already be effectively over.

    Fitzpatrick had three completed passes from six attempts for 13 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers before injury struck him down in the Week 1 clash.

    The 39-year-old has not been involved since that 20-16 defeat, which saw him replaced by Taylor Heinicke.

    Heinicke has been the stand-in that Washington have deployed in the starting role since, with the 28-year-old throwing 18 touchdown passes and achieving a pass completion rate of 67.9 per cent, the ninth highest in the NFL.

    He had not started a game since 2018 until being summoned to step in for Fitzpatrick.

    Tuesday's reports said Fitzpatrick would undergo arthroscopic surgery.

    His contract with Washington was for only one year, and it remains to be seen whether an extension will be considered.

    Fitzpatrick has previously played for an array of NFL teams, including the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins.

    There was no official word from Washington regarding Fitzpatrick, who has been labelled 'Fitzmagic' by admirers during his NFL career, which began in 2005 with the St. Louis Rams.

    Washington did issue a squad update on Tuesday, with linebacker Khaleke Hudson added to the reserve/injured list and Milo Eifler joining from Miami's practice squad as a replacement.

    They are 6-6 for the season, having won their last four games to shake off a slow start.

  • Jones hails 'incredible' offensive line in windy Patriots win Jones hails 'incredible' offensive line in windy Patriots win

    Quarterback Mac Jones hailed his offensive line after the New England Patriots overcame the Buffalo Bills in a tight game in tough conditions at Highmark Stadium.

    In an AFC East first-place showdown, it was the Patriots who came out on top 14-10 thanks to a 64-yard rushing touchdown from Damien Harris and two Nick Folk field goals.

    New England have now won seven games in a row – the franchise's longest winning streak since they celebrated eight successive games to start 2019 – and move to 9-4, having been 2-4 after six games this season.

    Rookie QB Jones only threw two-for-three passing for 19 yards and no touchdowns, while tallying another five carries for minus three yards, but the 23-year-old was pleased with the overall performance of the offensive line in very windy conditions.

    Bill Belichick's team ran the ball whenever they could, with Harris tallying 111 rushing yards from 10 carries, while Rhamondre Stevenson was handed the ball 24 times for a total of 78 yards.

    "For the offensive line to do what they did was incredible, they deserve all the credit in the world," Jones told reporters after the win. "And [offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels] for calling the plays that he called, knowing the environment. And knowing that, we knew we were going to be able to run the ball.

    "The running backs ran hard; Rhamondre, Damien and B [Brandon Bolden]. You couldn't ask for better effort from those guys.

    "It was just a crazy game to be a part of. We knew if we didn't turn the ball over, we'd be good. It was just a weird day."

    Harris' touchdown was the longest rushing TD by a Patriots player since Hall of Famer Curtis Martin (70 yards) in 1997.

    Meanwhile, Bills QB Josh Allen, who had 15-of-30 passing for 145 yards and a TD, made no excuses, saying: "I don't know if [the weather] affected us too bad, maybe a throw here or there, but, again, that's why I'm here, to play in those types of conditions. Gotta find a way."

  • Patriots beat Bills in wild weather for seventh straight win Patriots beat Bills in wild weather for seventh straight win

    The New England Patriots stayed hot in the NFL on Monday after extending their winning streak to seven games after prevailing 14-10 against the Buffalo Bills.

    Not even wild and windy weather could stop the red-hot Patriots, who are the AFC's number one seed thanks to their success away to the Bills.

    Entering the matchup, New England had won six straight games – the franchise's longest winning streak since they celebrated eight successive games to start 2019.

    Bill Belichick's Patriots continued where they left off at Bills Stadium, where the team improved to 9-4 despite rookie quarterback Mac Jones only throwing two-for-three passing for 19 yards and no touchdowns, while tallying another five carries for minus three yards.

    It was a gruelling battle between the top two teams for fewest points allowed this season – Buffalo had conceded just 182 points, with New England giving up 190.

    An eventful opening quarter saw the Patriots and Bills trade touchdowns after Buffalo's Gabriel Davis caught a 14-yard pass from Josh Allen (15-of-30 passing for 145 yards and a TD), having seen Damien Harris complete a dazzling 64-yard run.

    Harris' touchdown was the longest rushing TD by a Patriots player since Hall of Famer Curtis Martin (70 yards) in 1997.

    The game was eventually decided by the kickers – Nick Folk converting a field goal in each of the second and fourth quarters to sink the Bills (7-5).

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