Tom Brady takes high highway as Ray Lewis ‘clarifies’ comments

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FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady took a high highway on Thursday when asked about a new comments of former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.

During an coming on Sirius XM radio on Tuesday night, Lewis fervently argued that a usually reason Brady is famous is given of a now-extinct tuck rule.

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“The usually reason we know — I’m usually being honest — a usually reason we know who Tom Brady is, is given of a tuck rule. There’s no such thing as a tuck rule,” pronounced Lewis, who went on to insinuate that a order was done adult on a mark in that 2001 AFC local turn diversion opposite a Raiders.

“They don’t go to that championship diversion if that round [isn’t] called a tuck. That’s a fumble. That male clearly fumbled a ball. And they named it a tuck order — something we’ve never listened of in today’s game. So now you’ve got to ask yourself: when did a bequest unequivocally start?”

The tuck order has given been abolished by a league, yet it was in a order book for a decade after a tuck order game, and it was in a order book before that game, not done adult on a mark as Lewis seems to believe.











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Brady, who done a singular second coming during a lectern this week, looked faraway when a subject came up.

“Yeah,” he said, holding a exhale as he mulled what to say. “Stacey [James, Patriots clamp boss of media relations] told me about that . . . yeah. Everyone has an opinion. we consider Ray’s a good player; he’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer. we was advantageous adequate to play opposite him.”

A integrate of hours later, Lewis corroborated divided from his comments around a fibre of tweets: “To explain my comments from this week: we was perplexing to demonstrate my disappointment about a Tuck Rule itself . . . Rules like that should not be partial of a game,” Lewis wrote. “They lead to argumentative plays that impact a outcome of games and thats [sic] what everybody Remembers, generally when we are articulate about playoff games.

“I have measureless honour for Tom Brady and all he has achieved in this game. He will go down as one of a all-time greats.”

Brady’s right eye is still red, a outcome of being poked by Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan in a initial half on Saturday night. Brady pronounced it is not bothering or stopping him.

“It was a good pierce — a eye gouge,” Brady joked. “You can’t even do that in pro wrestling.”

School pride

Their locker stalls are subsequent to any other, and factoring in Monday night’s inhabitant championship result, former Ohio State actor Nate Ebner probably is giving a business to former Oregon reserve Patrick Chung. The Buckeyes kick a Ducks, 42-20, to win college football’s inhabitant championship.

“It’s freaking terrible,” Chung said.

Chung isn’t a usually teammate Ebner has bragging rights over.

“I’ve got it on a Oregon guys, and I’ve got it on a Alabama guys,” Ebner said.

LeGarrette Blount also went to Oregon, and Dont’a Hightower starred during Alabama. Ohio State knocked off Alabama in a Sugar Bowl to strech a inhabitant championship game.

Quite an entrance

When a Patriots play during Gillette Stadium, they run out of an inflatable tunnel. Most players lope out, yet Julian Edelman does a full scurry a length of a field, mostly punctuating it by punching a atmosphere or enlivening fans to cheer.

“You know, it’s always fun to play in front of your possess crowd,” Edelman pronounced of his routine, observant he’s not certain because he started doing it. “You hear them going crazy, it gets we a small dismissed adult and get a blood relocating and get prepared for a game. So we usually started doing that.”

Last Saturday, Edelman scarcely ran into a integrate of a Minutemen, yet it’s not a initial time he’s left a bit out of control.

“I know – I’ve ran by a fireworks 3 times, I’ve roughly strike a infantryman a integrate times; I’ve had to apologize about that,” he said. “It’s really something I’ve got to work on.”

Running by a fireworks was “pretty scary,” Edelman said.

Inside job

The Patriots once again hold use on a diversion margin inside Gillette Stadium on Thursday, with players in shells (soft pads) and sweats.

The damage news was a same as Wednesday: C Bryan Stork (knee) did not practice; CB Brandon Browner (knee), Hightower (shoulder), DT Chris Jones (elbow), and WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder/toe) were limited.

Brady (ankle) used fully.

The Colts, who listed 3 players as not practicing on Wednesday, upgraded all 3 on Thursday. CB Vontae Davis (knee) and CB Greg Toler (groin) were limited, and LB D’Qwell Jackson (rest) was a full participant.

LB Erik Walden (knee) also was upgraded from singular on Wednesday to full member on Thursday.

AFC Championship game: Colts during Patriots | Sunday, 6:40 p.m., CBS, WBZ-FM (98.5)

Michael Whitmer of a Globe staff contributed to this report. Shalise Manza Young can be reached during syoung@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @shalisemyoung.

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