FOXBORO -- Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski lead a list of seven Patriots selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl, announced Wednesday night by the NFL.
“It is flattering to be selected, but I have always considered Pro Bowl recognition as a reflection of the team’s overall success," Brady said. "I am happy for my many teammates who were selected again this year. I know that there are many others who are equally deserving of the opportunity. One day, I am sure I will have a greater appreciation for individual accomplishments, but this week my focus is simply on our preparations for Miami.”
Also selected were starting left guard Logan Mankins, inside linebacker Jerod Mayo, special teams captain Matthew Slater, wide receiver Wes Welker and nose tackle Vince Wilfork. Gronkowski, Mankins, Mayo and Wilfork were selected as starters.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by my peers, the coaches and the fans, but it’s...
FOXBORO -- Repeating the message of his coach five hours earlier, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski told reporters Wednesday that the decision to return to the playing field is not in his hands but rather that of the team's medical staff.
"When the doctors clear me, when the training staff clears me and when I'm medically ready to play, and they let me play, I'm sure that's when I'll be out there," Gronkowski told reporters when asked if he knows whether he'll play this Sunday in the regular season finale against the Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.
It was the first time Gronkowski spoke with reporters since suffering a broken left forearm on the final extra point of New England's 59-28 win over the Colts at Gillette Stadium on Nov. 18.
"Basically, the doctors know what they're talking about. They'll know when it's safe and sound and ready to go," Gronkowski added. "I'm going to trust in them, and when they say so, I'm...
FOXBORO -- Tight end Rob Gronkowski was officially listed as "limited" Wednesday as the Patriots held only a light walk-through in their practice bubble at Gillette Stadium. Wednesday marked his fifth day of practice back with the Patriots since returning on Dec. 14 from a broken left forearm. Bill Belichick said earlier in the day that Gronkowski 'was not ready yet' to return to full practice and would let the medical staff determine when and if he would be cleared for Sunday's season finale against the Dolphins.
He was "questionable" for both the 49ers and Jaguars but declared inactive for both games.
Defensive end Jermaine Cunningham returned to the practice field for the first time since completing his four-game suspension for violation of the NFL PED policy.
Here is Wednesday's complete report:
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Red Sox manager John Farrell told WEEI.com Wednesday afternoon that he kept in communication with reliever Andrew Bailey throughout trade talks for closer Joel Hanrahan, with Bailey accepting the eventual news that Hanrahan would assume the closer's role like a "pro."
"As this deal with Pittsburgh looked like it was going to be closer to being done, we wanted to let Andrew know what our goal this offseason was, and we reaffirmed that with him. That was to improve the team in any way we could," Farrell said. "We didn't specifically go into the offseason looking for a closer but when this team presented itself we thought it would do just that, it would improve our team.
"In talking to Andrew and explaining to him what our approach was, it was by no means a reflection on him personally. But the fact we were able to add a very good closer to our bullpen it really has a chance to deepen a strong group that emerged last year...
FOXBORO -- The Patriots Wednesday brought back three players and signed them to the practice squad.
WR Kamar Aiken, RB James Develin and DB Cyhl Quarles were all added to the practice squad. Aiken and Develin were released from the 53-man roster on Dec. 24. Quarles spent a few weeks on the practice squad earlier in the year.
Aiken, 23, was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Dec. 22 and saw action in the win at Jacksonville on Dec. 23. He joined the Patriots practice squad on Nov. 19. Aiken originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Buffalo out of Central Florida in 2011. The 6-foot-2, 213-pounder began his rookie season on the Buffalo practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster in November. Aiken was released by Buffalo after training camp this past summer and spent time on the practice squads of both Buffalo and Chicago this season.
Develin, 24, joined the New England practice squad on Sept. 1,...
Patriots Safety Devin McCourty joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and talked about covering the Steelers Wide Receivers, and how he's helping the players who are in the AFC Championship for the first time prepare.
ProFootball Talk's Mike Florio told Glenn, Lou, and Christian that the Patriots have a quiet confidence that they can outscore the Steelers, since they've proven they have the ability.
Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
Hour two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral kick around the perception of backup goalie Anton Khudobin, B's coach Claude Julien, and possible trade target Gabriel Landeskog.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
Hour 4. Bill Belichick holds his Friday press conference while Mut and Kirk try and play a game. Mut has a big announcement. Gerry calls in from the Inauguration on his crystal-clear cell phone.
Hour 3. Ben Volin shares a stat about Trump that will blow your mind. Mut wouldn't answer any questions about Trump's alleged sexual assaults.
Old Friend Tim Benz joins OMF, and while they regale tales of dysfunction, Benz manages to predict that the Patriots will win Sunday.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian enjoy the festivities ahead of the Inauguration, and give their predictions for Patriots-Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian love how Bill Belichick reacts to the plethora of stupid questions he receives from the Media during his Press Conferences.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe spend the day discussing the AFC Championship.
We close out the work week with the best sound clips of the day.
We check in with hall of famer Michael Irvin to find out what happened to his Dallas Cowboys and look at the remaining playoff match-ups.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Uncle Buck, George from S**t Pats Fans Say, and Jerry Thornton talk about the Patriots history in the AFC Championship game, the big wins, the bad losses, and what it will take for the Pats to win another AFC Championship game.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the K&C week after a Friday show with Kirk, Mut and Ben Volin in studio.
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