FOXBORO -- Aaron Hernandez was not spotted at practice for a second straight day on Thursday as the Patriots practiced in full pads on the grass training fields outside Gillette Stadium.
Hernandez suffered a sprained right ankle in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. Also not spotted were defensive lineman Justin Francis (ankle) and practice squad wide receiver Kerry Taylor. Greg Salas, who cleared waivers on Wednesday and was added to the team's practice squad, was spotted on the field, wearing Taylor's old No. 19.
The Patriots will practice again on Friday and have a walk-through on Saturday before leaving for Baltimore and Sunday night's game against the Ravens at M & T Bank Stadium. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is.
FOXBORO -- New Patriots tight end Kellen Winslow spoke for the first time Thursday since agreeing to terms on Tuesday and joining the team in Wednesday's practice. The star tight end was a first-round draft pick of the Browns in 2004, chosen sixth overall out of Miami.
But since, Winslow, 29, has battled chronic knee and leg injuries. Two games into his rookie season, he broke his right fibula and was expected to return in time for the season opener in 2005. But in May of that year, he was involved in a motorcycle accident and was thrown from the bike, tearing his right ACL. His first breakout season came in 2007, when he had 82 catches for 1,106 yards and five touchdowns.
Since 2006, Winslow has played all 16 games in five of his last six seasons, though he admitted Thursday to playing with a great deal of pain in the right knee.
"Yeah, but it doesn't matter," Winslow said when asked if he's playing in pain. "I think...
Are the Celtics interested in signing free agent center Darko Milicic? That's the gist of a report from Novostri.rs and helpfully translated and passed along via Sportando. Per the report, the erstwhile Darko turned down a three-year, $6 million deal from Real Madrid to stay in the NBA.
Darko was waived via the amnesty clause by the Timberwolves this summer, leaving the Wolves on the hook for his $5.2 million salary this season. Milicic passed through waivers without a claim, making him a free agent and meaning the Celtics could sign him for the veteran minimum.
The C's have 13 players under guaranteed contract, leaving two roster spots open, and they have a notable lack of depth at the center position behind Kevin Garnett. Veteran free agent Jason Collins was brought in from Atlanta and Chris Wilcox also can fill the role.
Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday. Lucchino was asked if there was any discussion to suspend Alfredo Aceves after the pitcher appeared to show up manager Bobby Valentine last Wednesday after being removed in the sixth inning of a loss to the Yankees. Lucchino was also asked if there was concern the players union might file a protest if Aceves was suspended.
"Yes and yes. Actually, I should say yes on the first," Lucchino said. "There was discussion about it, but the decision was made that it was not necessary."
Lucchino suggested that no decision had been made regarding Aceves' future in the organization when asked whether he would be a starter or a reliever next year.
"That's a decision that will be made next spring by whatever team he is with. Maybe he's with us. We'll see. Maybe he's elsewhere. It's a little early to answer that...
In Thursday's Morning Mashup, we have an unseemly story about Josh Morgan receiving death threats for his unsportsmanlike penalty which hurt the Redskins in their loss to the Rams Sunday, a funny montage of callers trolling Mike Francesa for his napping incident last week, and an interesting statistical breakdown of the replacement officials versus the regular officials.
This is a case where the numbers DO, in fact, lie. CBS Sports has an interesting piece comparing statistics from last season to the current NFL season in terms of replacement refs. The running time of an average game is up, for instance, but only a paltry six minutes. Here are some other notable figures from the story:
• The average number of penalties per game is down from 15.2 to 14.7.
• On player safety calls, such as roughing the passer; unnecessary roughness, including hitting defenseless players; and, face-mask or horse-collar...
Tom Brady joined the show to discuss the win over the Steelers and Roger Goodell's handling of domestic violence cases.
In the final hour of the show, Glenn and Fred recap some of the big stories in the NFL from this Sunday. They also react to post game comments from Coach Belichick and Rob Gronkowski
Ordway and Smerlas break down the Patriots victory on the road in PIttsburgh. In this hour they talk about the Pats success running the ball, and try to figure out what exactly is going wrong with kicker Stephen Gostkowski
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.
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have
We wrap up the Sox season with our final weekly visit with Sox manager John Farrell, on the heels of the news that he will be back as Sox skipper for the 2017 season.
Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2016 Boston Red Sox season
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.
Gerry and Kirk pepper Ken Laird with questions about his Indian in laws.
The guys talked about the fallout from Roger Goodell's handling of Josh Brown's domestic violence problems.
The guys talked about the Cubs run to the World Series and what it means for Theo Epstein and Headlines with Kirk.
Glenn, Lou and Christian open the show talking about the Patriots win in Pittsburgh, touching on everything from Gronk's post game '69' joke, Gostkowski missing an extra point and the rest of that win against the Steelers.
Glenn, Lou and Christian try to figure out what the hell is going on with Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, and why he is missing all these kicks.
Randy Moss was very vocal about Roger Goodell and how he handles the league, Tim Hasselbeck tried not to offend the Mara family, and Tom Brady took a subtle jab at the NFL. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about these three guys who all made comments about the NFL's handling of domestic violence.
We check in with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on a Patriots Monday after the Patriots beat the Steelers.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the win over the Steelers on a Patriots Monday.
We go inside the game with Heath Evans from the NFL Network.
Kirk Minihane, avid runner, talks to Charlie Engle about the passion of running, how running became an addiction that replaced drug related addictions, and Charlie's time in jail. Kirk and Charlie have had similar paths through life and they discuss how a passion for running changed their lives.
Kirk was scheduled to interview Jeff Pearlman but the connection sucked and we called a late audible and interrupted the K&C Post Show podcast. Kirk takes over the K&C podcast and turns into Enough About Me and an epic bitchfest ensues.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Red Sox legend Mo Vaughn to talk to Mo about his playing days here in Boston, why the Sox couldn't have won a World Series in the 90's, and what life has been like since his playing day's have ended.
Monday's show was a scattered affair w/ Mut joining Kirk & Gerry; producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Tom Brady interview among other show tidbits.
Thomas returns from hiatus to join Conor in discussing the latest BC football disappointment. They review BC-Cuse and preview the rest of the season.
With Pete Davidson unavailable today, Jim Hackett brought in a special guest for today’s show. You know him as “Andy from Sales,” famous from his appearances as spokesman for New England Fat Loss. The loser of 75lbs has been a winner to date in the Entercom Boston Fantasy Football League, sporting a 6-0 record sitting in 1st Place. But Jim is concerned about the makeup of his team. At 6-0, there’s still plenty of work to do for Andy (picture here)… After Andy’s team diagnosis that includes some needed Waiver Wire adds and some trade options to seek, the show turns to Pete’s Starts & Sits article where Jim highlights some plays and values he likes for Week 7. The show closes with a little insight from Jim on the continued missteps of the NFL… Enjoy!
Gerry, Kirk and Meter reacted to Artie Lange's podcast in 'Headlines' and Meter loves Mookie Betts as the guys get a little baseball talk in during hour two of Thursday's show.More from this show
Mark Dondero of WPRI in Providence called in to defend himself and Kirk was ready to take on a listener in hour four of Thursday's show with Jon Meterparel in on Dino's Casting Couch.More from this show
Gerry, Kirk and Meter discussed the 3rd and final presidential debate in hour one of the Thursday show and have all concluded Hillary Clinton is going to be our next president.More from this show
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To start hour three of Thursday's show, Gerry, Kirk and Meter discuss a New York Post story exposing Josh Brown and Curtis recounted his awkward photo day experience.More from this show