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Patriots Add $5M In Incentives To Contract Of Tom Brady

Patriots Add $5M In Incentives To Contract Of Tom Brady

The initial thought was a sprained MCL, suggesting he'd miss a few weeks. He exited the game after the tackle and was evaluated by the team's medical staff, and though he was standing on the sidelines after the injury, Friday's MRI didn't bear any positive news. Thompson got 64 carries in his 10 games previous year, and could be looking at a similar number of rushes per game with Guice out for the season.

We know Chris Thompson figures to be a big part of the backfield workforce, but he's also coming off a season-ending injury past year with a fractured right fibula Other candidates include Byron Marshall or Kapri Bibbs, who have some big-play ability.

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Brady's current contract runs through the 2019 season, and Schefter's report did not indicate that current talks would include an extension. Injuries to Week 1 starter Rob Kelley and prolific third-down back Chris Thompson contributed to that, and Guice was expected to be a major part of solving the problem. Bibbs, meanwhile, got all four of his carries in the second half, racking up 48 yards. Of course, Kelley's unexpected regression opened the door for then rookie running back Perine to take on an increased role, and he didn't fail to impress down the stretch. He goes from irrelevant to middle-late-round fodder as a depth running back, but it'll be hard to expect much from him.