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03/14/2012 - 6:48pm
Wilcox will have heart surgery, miss season

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Celtics received bad news regarding forward Chris Wilcox, who will have aortic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic on March 29 and will miss the rest of the season. The surgery is expected to repair Wilcox's condition and he should be able to resume playing next season, the team said in a release.

From the release:

"Wilcox has long had an aortic abnormality that remained stable throughout his 10-year NBA career. However, as a precautionary measure, the Celtics medical staff scheduled frequent aortic scans for Wilcox, and a recent scan showed a significant enlargement of his aorta. After several follow-up tests, doctors recommended surgery."

“While we are saddened that Chris will not be able to play again this season, the most important thing is his health, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Chris’s case,” said Celtics President of Basketball...

03/14/2012 - 2:59pm
Source: Patriots agree with DL Fanene

The Patriots have agreed to a three-year deal with free agent defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene, according to a league source. Fanene is a 6-foot-4, 292-pounder out of Utah who has played seven seasons in the NFL, all with Cincinnati. The 29-year-old had his best season in 2009 when he started 10 games and finished with 36 tackles (18 solo) with six sacks and an interception.(The agreement was first reported by Aaron Wilson of FoxSports.com.)

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


03/14/2012 - 2:33pm
Source: White agrees to deal with Pats

Free agent linebacker Tracy White has agreed to a new contract with the Patriots, according to a league source. The 30-year-old White, who just completed his ninth season in the NFL, finished the 2011 season with 37 tackles (27 solo) and one pass defensed. A key part of New England's special teams, he saw an increased role in the regular defensive rotation at points throughout the 2011 campaign. That included extensive time in the Super Bowl, playing 21 snaps (according to Pro Football Focus) over the first two quarters of the loss to the Giants. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


03/14/2012 - 1:49pm
Kurkjian: Crawford still not comfortable

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian joined Mut & Merloni Wednesday to offer his thoughts about Red Sox spring training. New manager Bobby Valentine has come in and made some changes in the team's approach to the preseason, and Kurkjian said that some of those changes haven't been as well-received by all the players.

"I think he's doing the right thing. I think it's something that he has to do," Kurkjian said. "Overall, it's going just OK, from what I can see. My warning -- if that's the right term -- to all the Red Sox players is, Bobby Valentine is first and foremost a teacher. He is not going to allow somebody to say something or, more important, do something incorrectly and then get away with it. Bobby is going to correct them no matter who they are, and it's going to be done his way.

"When I say that, trust me when I tell you this: His way is the right way. He's going to teach them the way to get a secondary lead, how to do cutoffs and...

03/14/2012 - 1:03pm
Report: Green-Ellis to visit Bengals

According to a tweet from Yahoo! Sports writer Jason Cole, Patriots free agent running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis will visit with the Bengals. Cole reported Tuesday that two unidentified teams had shown interest in the four-year veteran.

During an appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday, Cole speculated that it would take a deal worth between $3 million and $4 million per season to land Green-Ellis, which makes it sound like he won't return to Foxboro.

"I agree, it's a little expensive, especially after you drafted two running backs last year," Cole told M&M.

Cole also reported that the Patriots are showing interest in Redskins free agent cornerback LaRon Landry. The five-year veteran was plagued with injuries last season, including an Achilles tendon problem that forced him to injured reserve in mid-December.

To hear Cole's interview, visit the Mut &...

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