FOXBORO — After the sporting experience of a lifetime, Nate Ebner is now about the business of getting ready for the daily grind of the NFL.
The player who helped provide national exposure to US Rugby during Rio spoke Sunday back in familiar ground – in front of his locker stall inside Gillette Stadium – getting ready for another Patriots season.
Ebner, who was actually suited up in full gamepads on Thursday but did not play against the Bears, spoke about what the support from teammates meant to him.
From the spring to now, Ebner has been on a whirlwind of rugby events and training for Rio. Once he was on the team, he had full concentration there. It paid off with a 5-point try in a 26-0 win over host Brazil and another try against Fiji in a 24-19 loss. Team USA Rugby finished ninth in Rio.
“You train [for rugby], you go on tour...
DETROIT — Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez remains day-to-day with a sore left hamstring, and manager John Farrell hopes he’s able to avoid the disabled list.
Speaking before Sunday’s series finale in Detroit, Farrell said the team will progress cautiously with Rodriguez, who reported last-minute discomfort at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, just hours in advance of his scheduled start.
“We have to get him through a simulated game at this point, and hopefully that’s over the next couple of days while we’re in Tampa, just to test his hamstring more than the normal in-between side bullpens, which he threw with his normal intensity, for a side day,” Farrell said. “But where he had reluctance was thinking about and envisioning trying to be 100 percent and not having complete confidence or conviction with those pitches. With that mindset, took it out of his hands and made the adjustment for Henry [Owens] today...
Tom Brady has been excused from practice on Sunday and Monday, according to a report from Tom E. Curran of Comcast Sports Net.
The quarterback is not expected to be at practice either day; however, both absences are “excused” and “not injury-related,” according to the report.
Brady has been sidelined for the first two games of the preseason. The quarterback was not available for Friday’s contest against the Bears after he reportedly sliced his right thumb with a pair of scissors, an injury that is not serious.
He was also not on the sidelines for the first preseason game against the Saints — the team indicate that he was attending a memorial service that night.
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The Dion Lewis injury news wasn’t the only bad news the Patriots received on Sunday, as their offensive line is banged up as well.
According to the Boston Globe’s Jim McBride, right tackle Sebastian Vollmer is likely heading to injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. He’s currently on PUP.
McBride also reports right guard Shaq Mason has a broken hand and the timetable for his return is unknown.
This explains why Mason didn’t play in Thursday’s second preseason game. Veteran lineman Josh Kline played in his place. With all of these injuries, it would appear...
FOXBORO — The bad injury luck of Dion Lewis continues.
The 25-year-old running back, who tore his left ACL last Nov. 8 against Washington, will need a second knee surgery, according to a report from the Boston Globe’s Jim McBride.
CSNNE’s Tom Curran reported that the knee surgery is not to repair the ACL while ESPN’s Adam Schefter adds that the “clean-up” procedure will keep Lewis out “indefinitely.”
The running back, who walked without a limp Sunday through the locker room with teammates, showed great promise for the Patriots in the first half of the 2015 season.
The Patriots were so impressed that on Oct. 8, after just three games, Lewis signed a two-year contract extension through the 2017 season.
The contract included a $600,000 signing bonus and $1.8...
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.