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Patriots Notebook: Brady expresses sympathy for Garoppolo after injury — ‘It just sucks’

(Adam Richins/Boston Sports Journal)

Tom Brady had a bad Sunday. His former backup may have had it even worse.

Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo sustained what some are believing to be a torn ACL late in Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. Brady told WEEI on Monday he feels bad for Garoppolo.

“I feel terrible for him,” Brady said. “It’s a tough injury. I feel bad for Jimmy, and it’s football. Things happen like that. I’ve been through an ACL. It just sucks. You hate to see people go down, and (Jimmy) is someone I really like and have been friends with since the day he got here. It just sucks to have to go through that.”

Gase cautions against overconfidence

Miami coach Adam Gase isn’t buying into the hype of Sunday’s Patriots-Dolphins game.

Gase was asked by reporters on Monday if there was any significance of his team — at 3-0 — going to New England with a two-game lead on the 1-2 Patriots.

“Nothing. Zero,” he said. “I don’t look at records right now. It’s too early. Nobody cares. I mean, at the end of the day, nobody will give a shit unless you win the last one. You’ve got to focus on one week, and that’s what we need to do. When we get to that, when we get to Wednesday, we’ll worry about them. Right now, our guys are going to get their things corrected from this game, and then, we’ll move on to New England when it’s time to move on.”

Despite the fact the Patriots are 1-2, Gase sounds like someone who doesn’t have to convince his team of the danger of taking New England lightly.

“They’re going to do the same thing they always do — get better every week,” Gase said. “They have a really good coaching staff and they are a Hall of Fame quarterback. The records are irrelevant right now.

“They’re going to do a lot of things that are tough for us. Going up there, it’s a great environment to play in. It’s rowdy, it’s loud. So we’re going to have to make sure we’re on our A game.”

The Dolphins and Patriots have a few connections, including Danny Amendola and Brandon Bolden, two guys who spent several seasons with New England before joining Miami prior to the start of the regular season. Gase said the duo has fit in perfectly with the Dolphins.

“They love football. They love practicing. They bring great energy on game day. Whatever they have, they give it,” Gase said of the two ex-Patriots. “Those two are as professional as Ive ever seen on NFL football players. Every day I see them, I’m glad there here. I tell them that. Those guys have been nothing but positive on our other guys. Those guys see those guys work … you talk about guys who are all-in on their profession and their craft? Those guys are all in.”

Patricia gets plenty of love

Quite the scene on the field at the end of Sunday's Patriots-Lions game, where several coaches and players sought out Matt Patricia following the contest.