Deflategate ruling coming by Friday, judge says

It remains to be seen whether Tom Brady will be in action for the Patriots’ Sept. 10 opener against the Steelers at Gillette Stadium.

Jimmy Garoppolo ready to play if needed

The backup quarterback worked with the top unit on Monday while Brady was in a New York court.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

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The fullback fractured his right tibia in last Friday’s exhibition win over the Carolina Panthers.

NFL NOTEBOOK

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Amaro finished tied for second on the team with 38 catches for 345 yards and two TDs last season.

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New England sent a conditional draft pick to New Orleans for the return specialist, who also lines up at receiver.

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Michael Hoomanawanui could be a top candidate to take on some of the role injured James Develin played.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

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Josh Boyce, Jonathan Krause, Jimmay Mundine, Joe Vellano, and Dekoda Watson were let go Monday.

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Boyce was one of five players cut by the Patriots, who must trim their roster to 75 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/01/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/200_brady_court.jpg Deflategate case now in judge’s hands

The judge in the case will probably either uphold the Patriots quarterback’s four-game ban or will completely vacate it.

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After plenty of disapproval for her first effort, courtroom sketch artist Jane Rosenberg practiced for Monday’s hearing.

Ben Volin | On football

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Tom Brady and Roger Goodell are both due in court Monday, and the sides still aren’t close to a settlement.

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With three exhibition games down, there’s a cutdown Tuesday and one preseason game left.

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The receiver said though the playbook isn’t pleasure reading, he’s jumped right in.

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

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The Sports Museum is hoping to expand its anti-bullying campaign to more schools across Mass.

Jimmy Garoppolo played the entire second half against Carolina.

Bob Leverone/Associated Press

PATRIOTS GAME REPORT

James Develin injury puts damper on Patriots’ win

Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo each rushed for 18 yards in the 17-16 victory over the Panthers.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

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Belichick said the competition between the offensive and defensive line has been fierce throughout training camp.

BEN VOLIN I SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

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One popular suggestion is to have a panel of, say, six arbitrators — three submitted by the NFL, three by the union.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

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The Patriots’ beleaguered quarterback has a preseason breakthrough, leading a TD drive against the Panthers.

Patriots 17, Panthers 16

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With the offense struggling, the return of Jerod Mayo sparked the Patriots in a lackluster first half.

Video

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The Patriots tight end’s wife posted a video of his children cheering wildly when he scored against the Panthers Friday.

Patriots Notebook

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Valuable fullback James Develin suffered a potential season-ending injury on Friday.

Belichick era database

INTERACTIVE DATABASE

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Look back on the Boston Globe’s coverage of every game the Patriots have played since Bill Belichick became the head coach in 2000.

From the archives

Super Bowl XLVI

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Look back at complete coverage of the Patriots' loss loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

Past seasons

2013 season recap

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Track the high and low points of the Patriots’ 2013 season before their eventual loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game.