The depth of the Patriots roster will be tested Sunday as three players were downgraded Saturday night to out for the game at Heinz Field against the Steelers. Running back Fred Taylor, who returned this week to practice but was limited, will miss his sixth straight game with turf toe. Starting right guard Stephen Neal has been downgraded to out, as has defensive lineman Myron Pryor.
Neal was limited all week in practice with a shoulder injury and will miss his first game of the year. Dan Connolly, who started at left guard with the holdout of Logan Mankins, will likely start for Neal. Pryor missed the entire week and did not practice due to a back injury. The Patriots are already without safety Jarrad Page (calf) - ruled out Friday - and kicker Stephen Gostkowski, placed on season-ending injured reserve on Wednesday with a thigh injury. Shayne Graham will take his place.
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The Boston College defense came up big when it counted the most, stopping Duke's potential game-winning drive at the 4-yard-line with 46 seconds left while holding on to a 21-16 victory over the Blue Devils, Saturday in Durham, N.C. The final stand by BC was punctuated when defensive end Max Holloway knocked down Sean Renfree's pass on fourth-down.
BC's offense was paced by quarterback Chase Rettig, who threw two third-quarter passes, and running back Montel Harris. Harris rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown, while also suffering through two lost fumbles inside the Duke 20-yard-line.
BC, which won its third straight game, improves to 5-5 overall, and 3-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Duke dropped to 3-7, 1-5 in the ACC. For the complete recap click here.
The Steelers have added linebacker James Harrison to their injury report and is now being listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh. According to the Steelers twitter page, Harrison - who has played in all eight games this season - complained of back spasms Saturday morning.
Harrison leads the Steelers with seven sacks this season, four of which came in his last four games. Meanwhile, Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith will miss his third straight game Sunday night with a triceps injury while another defensive end - Brett Keisel - and left guard Chris Kemoeatu are doubtful with hamstring and knee injuries, respectively.
Steelers Injury Report for Saturday:
LB James Harrison (back spasms) Questionable
DE Brett Keisel (hamstring) Doubtful
G Chris Kemoeatu (knee/ankle) Doubtful
DE Aaron Smith (...
Bruins center David Krejci, out since suffering a moderate concussion last Saturday against the Blues, skated with recovering teammate Marco Sturm on Saturday morning, according to the Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa.
Claude Julien said on Friday that Krejci had ridden the stationary bike, which at the time was the most energy-intensive activity he had done following the concussion.
“He’s progressing nicely, I would say,” Julien said Friday. “Right now he’s at the stage where he’s on the bike. If things go well then he continues to move forward if things don’t go well, then we pull him back.”
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The Steve Donahue era at Boston College got off to a roaring start Friday night as the Eagles demolished St. Francis (N.Y.), 79-49, in front of a crowd of 3,740 at Conte Forum.
Joe Trapani led the BC attack with 20 points, while Reggie Jackson and Corey Raji contributed 17 apiece.
The Eagles put this one to bed early, holding St. Francis to just 1-of-20 shooting and two points through the game's first 13 minutes. At that point, BC led 24-2. It was 38-15 at the half and never in doubt from there on out.
Jarret Payton, son of NFL legend Walter Payton, joins MFB to breakdown the troubles in the Bears locker room, the team's struggles at home, and the upcoming match up against the Patriots.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price look ahead to Sunday's game against the Bears and what the Patriots need to do to contain dynamic running back Matt Forte.
We check in with SI/MMQB's Peter King for his weekly take on the Patriots and all things NFL.
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Kirk Minihane joins the We Hate Dwyane Wade Show to preview the upcoming Celtics season. Ben and Sam also discuss the Rajon Rondo/Jeff Green trade rumors and dabble in the classic NBA analytics debate.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
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We talk pucks with Jack Edwards of NESN for his take on an impressive win over the San Jose Sharks and the state of the B's in general.
Brick talked about the emergence of Torey Krug as a solid D pairing with Seidenberg and how well the Power Play is playing. He contributes that to 2 different units competing. Brick also likes the versatility of Simon Gagne.
Rodney discussed Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed Freeman's story on Russell Wilson.
The guys give their initial reaction to Zdeno Chara hurting his knees and how scared the Patriots should be after watching the Broncos dominate the Chargers.
Matt Forte, Jay Cutler, and the disease of losing.
We talk to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, who broke the Darrelle Revis late-gate story.
Michael and Dale discuss the ins and outs of the Darrelle Revis late-gate, and whether his reaction was what the Patriots were looking for out of him,
We tackle four topics about notorious incidents where Boston athletes (and media members) showed up LATE!
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
AJ Soares joins the show to talk about the Revs run to the playoffs, how Jermaine Jones has impacted the team, and should Lee Nguyen for MVP.
The Dennis & Callahan Show producers fight back.
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Michael and Dale talk Patriots, and Michael has some strong words for those who are ignoring history and what they've seen in favor of continuing a pessimistic and fatalistic view/agenda of the Patriots.More from this show