Question: When is a unanimous vote not unanimous?

Answer: When there’s no vote at all.

No, this isn’t a Matrix-style exercise in whether or not there is a spoon. (Then again maybe it is.) It’s an example of the kind of casual white-lying that has somehow become accepted as appropriate, as long as helps achieve a specific strategic goal.

I just want to keep the juices going, talk a little noise, Adams said. It makes practice fun when we’re out there competing and definitely just going at it.

McCown lightened the mood by running 65 yards into the end zone as if he were Barry Sanders, and there was another show of leadership and unity after practice when Kearse and offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum stood side-by-side to be interviewed about the anthem controversy and the support Johnson has shown his players by vowing to pay their fines.

We’re very appreciative of his support, Kearse said.

The Bills announced on Thursday that Thomas had a surgical procedure on his knee. He’ll miss the rest of the team’s offseason program as a result of the operation.

Thomas caught seven passes for 67 yards and a touchdown for the Bills last season while playing behind Charles Clay and Nick O’Leary.

Clay and O’Leary remain on hand for the Bills, who didn’t add any tight ends in free agency and the draft. That leaves Khari Lee as the only experienced competition for playing time once Thomas is healthy enough to resume working with the team.

Are more and more Patriots truly not having fun?

The recent comments from former Patriots defensive end Cassius Marsh are surprising not simply because of their strength but because of their rarity. During the 18 years that Bill Belichick has coached the team, the atmosphere hasn’t changed. So why haven’t more former Patriots popped off?

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