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...
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.)
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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.
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...
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.
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Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Giardi and Price continue discussing the outcome of the NFL Draft for the Patriots.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.
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.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.
After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.
Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.
We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.
We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.
We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress
SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft
Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.More from this show
ESPN's firing of Curt Schilling has been a divisive topic. John, Gerry and Kirk discuss who's supporting Curt, who's detracting, and callers discuss North Carolina law that started the entire controversy.More from this show
Glenn, Lou, and Christian check in with Raffi Melkonian to get his insight on the 2nd Circuit court's decision and what Tom Brady's options are going forward.More from this show
We check in for the national perspective on Tom Brady's reinstated suspension from MMQB/SI's Peter KingMore from this show