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12/26/2012 - 7:17pm
Brady, Gronk lead list of 7 Pats Pro Bowlers

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...

12/26/2012 - 6:05pm
Gronk: I'll play 'when the doctors clear me'

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...

12/26/2012 - 5:42pm
Gronk among 21 'limited' at walk-through

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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12/26/2012 - 4:21pm
Farrell: Bailey 'a pro' about new role

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...

12/26/2012 - 4:01pm
Patriots add three to practice squad

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,...

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