FOXBORO -- Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead, Steve Gregory and Visanthe Shiancoe were all missing for the start of Patriots practice on Sunday afternoon in full pads outside Gillette Stadium.
Tight end Aaron Hernandez was also absent, though he was spotted in team stretching exercises before leaving early without a team trainer.
Safety Patrick Chung, who injured his shoulder in the second preseason game against the Eagles on Aug. 20, was in attendance but was wearing a "no-contact" red jersey.
Offensive lineman Nick McDonald, who took several snaps in the preseason at center and right guard, was in attendance but only wearing sweats. He injured his arm during the team's third preseason game at Tampa Bay on Aug. 25. After missing practice on Friday, offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer returned on Sunday.
Sunday also marked the team's first full practice since NFL rosters were cut down to 53 players and eight practice...
FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick confirmed Sunday afternoon during his media briefing that former Olympian sprinter Jeff Demps will miss the entire 2012 season after being placed on injured reserve as part of the final 53-man roster cutdown on Friday night. Demps, while returning a punt, appeared to injure his right ankle in the fourth quarter of the preseason finale against the Giants on Aug. 28.
Belichick was asked if Demps' season was over due to the injured reserve status, even with the modified injured reserve clause ratified last week by the NFLPA.
"Yes, yes, any player that's on injured reserve prior to this coming Tuesday is out for the year," Belichick said. "If a player is on the active roster and they go on injured reserve anytime after [Sept. 4], they could be designated as [eligible to return]."
Belichick also clarified that a player like Dane Fletcher is also not eligible to return this season with...
FOXBORO -- The release of veteran wide receiver Deion Branch on Friday caught many by surprise, including those inside the Patriots locker room like Rob Gronkowski.
“That shows the business side of the NFL and it’s always tough to see your friends go," Gronkowski said Sunday. "Your friends, people who were your mentors, guys you look up to and it’s tough seeing them go. It’s part of the business but at the same time, you wish them the best of luck and hopefully everything works out for everyone that you see go. It’s definitely a tough time.
“He’s just a great guy overall. He taught so much on the field, how to practice, how to stay motivated out there, how to do the rep right so we don’t have to repeat it. He’s a great guy, always love talking to him and will always be in touch with him.”
Gronkowski is entering his third NFL season and he said Sunday that Branch was...
The Red Sox endured a Looney Toons moment in the field during their 7-1 loss on Saturday night, as Alfredo Aceves charged in between catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and first baseman James Loney in an attempt to catch a foul pop-up. Aceves ran into Saltalamacchia's mitt as the ball bounced off of Aceves' glove, resulting in an error on the pitcher.
Though the play prolonged Jonny Gomes' at-bat, its significance was muted when he fouled out. Still, after the inning, cameras caught Aceves and Dustin Pedroia involved in a shouting match in the dugout in which third base coach Jerry Royster interceded, perhaps related to a couple of pickoff attempts that Aceves made on Coco Crisp at second base.
After the game, Pedroia told reporters, "That's none of your guys' business. That's between teammates."
Aceves, similarly, told reporters, "It was something that we have to communicate on, between us, but that’s us. That stays with us...
The Red Sox continued their downward spiral in a 7-1 blowout loss to the A's on Saturday night, the team's fifth straight defeat to start a nine-game West Coast swing. With the loss, the Sox fell to 62-72, the first time that the club has been 10 games under .500 since July 17, 1997, when the team was 42-52.
The Sox managed just one run and three hits over seven innings against Oakland starter A.J. Griffin. Indeed, Griffin had a no-hitter through 4 2/3 innings before Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia bunted for a single. The Sox have now scored just eight runs in their last four games and 13 over their five-game roadtrip. Dustin Pedroia delivered the Sox' only run of the game with an RBI single in the sixth, extending his hitting streak to 12 games with his 1-for-4 effort.
That lone run, however, came too late to matter for the Sox. Coco Crisp gave the A's a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first by launching a leadoff homer to left against Sox...
We check in with former Patriot, current NFL Network analyst Heath Evans for his complete analysis on the Patriots win over the Bengals, and the rest of the NFL.
We talk to special teams Captain Matthew Slater about the win over the Bengals and some of the extra-curricular activities that took place between plays.
We check in with head coach Bill Belichick for his thoughts and analysis on beating the Bengals, and preparing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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.
Listeners voice their displeasure with the NFL and Michael Lombardi called in to give his thoughts on Roger Goodell and Josh Brown.
Gerry, Kirk and Mut react to Mad Dog defending Josh Brown.
The guys praised Jerry Thornton's questions to Peter King and headlines with Minihane.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the MMQB's comments on Dale and Holley defending the NFL and Giants organization. They find fault with him and other NFL apologists in their rationale of making excuses for the league and the Giants as to why Josh Brown was only suspended one game.
The OMFers open the show talking about new revelations about Giants Kicker Josh Brown and his domestic violence case. They discuss the NFL's failure to uphold the standards that they had placed on themselves in policing domestic violence perpetrators.
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio makes his weekly appearance on OMF to discuss the NFL and New York Giants mishandling of the Josh Brown situation.
We discuss the NFL and the Patriots with Hall of Famer Michael Irvin as the Pats prepare to head to Pittsburgh to take on the Stillers.
We discuss Josh Brown, domestic violence and the league that never learns from it's past mistakes, the NFL
We close out the show with the best clips of the day and LAROY!
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.
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!
Brad Feldman joins the show to talk about what the Revs need to do to get back to the top of the Eastern Conference, what the future holds for Jay Heaps, and the front office philosophy.
Uncle Buck and friends discuss the return of Bill Goldberg to the WWE and Ronda Rousey's return to the UFC.