Patriots president Jonathan Kraft was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning. In a wide-ranging interview, he talked about his father's role in ending the NFL lockout, why he wants Peyton Manning to return, the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and much more.

The Patriots' signing of controversial defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was seen by some as a departure from the team's philosophy of avoiding players with checkered pasts. Kraft explained the team's view.

FOXBORO -- Shaun Ellis knows Albert Haynesworth better than most.

FOXBORO — When the Dolphins roll out for their first offensive series against the Patriots Monday night in Miami, some of the schemes could look a little familiar to the folks in New England.

FOXBORO -- For the second straight day, starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer was not spotted at the start of Patriots practice Thursday inside Gillette Stadium. 

Vollmer did not play in the preseason finale on Sept. 1 against the Giants but there has been no word on any possible injury he may have sustained. Thursday marks the first day the Patriots are required to release an official injury report. 

Thursday morning on the Dennis & Callahan show, WEEI announced it would expand to 93.7 FM and begin simulcasting on Monday.

“This coming Monday morning, September 12th, something very exciting will take place. I'm very happy to tell you WEEI Sports Radio will begin simulcasting on 93.7 FM,” morning host John Dennis told the audience just after 8 a.m. This is a great day for the radio station and also for our loyal listeners. This is what our audience wanted, asked for, and we’re happy to deliver.”

FOXBORO -- A personable Albert Haynesworth said Thursday he can't wait to show that he's ready to return to his former status as one of the most feared defensive linemen in the NFL. 

NFC preview time.



FOXBORO -- In a vote among players, Devin McCourty has earned a place as a captain on the 2011 Patriots in just his second NFL season. 

The players voted the second-year corner as one of six team captains and one of three on defense, joining Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo. On the offensive side, Tom Brady and Logan Mankins were voted in as captains while Matthew Slater was voted as a special teams captain. 

FOXBORO -- The new guys weren’t talking on Wednesday, but there were plenty of other folks who were willing to discuss the impact that tight end Dan Gronkowski and linebacker A.J. Edds could have on the Patriots.

FOXBORO -- Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer was the only player not spotted at the beginning of Patriots practice on Wednesday afternoon on the main Gillette Stadium field. The team worked out in full pads in preparation for their season opener Monday night in Miami against the Dolphins.