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08/31/2012 - 5:57pm
Mayo on Big Show: Not worried about refs
By: DJ Bean

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made his weekly appearance on The Big Show, discussing cutdown day with Pete Sheppard and and Kirk Minihane. The Patriots made some surprising moves Friday in releasing the likes of quarterback Brian Hoyer and wide receiver Deion Branch, some Mayo said is never easy to see. 

"You grow together as a family, going through training camp, going through those hot days, struggling together," Mayo said. "Any time you lose a fellow player is pretty tough, but we know this day is coming every year, and hopefully those guys land on their feet."

While Mayo wishes his former teammates the best, he said he wasn't shocked by any of the moves.

"To be honest with you, in this business nothing really surprises me," he said. "Guys move every season, and coach Belichick and those guys do an excellent job putting the team together, and this is what we're going to work with."


08/31/2012 - 5:09pm
Fehr: CBA talks 'recessed' for time being
By: DJ Bean

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr told reporters following Friday's CBA meeting that negotiations between the players association and NHL are currently off. Fehr said the negotiations are "recessed" and that there are no further meetings currently scheduled.

The league's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire on Sept. 15, at which point the owners will lock out the players if a new agreement is not in place. Fehr did say that he didn't feel the players or the league would "stand on ceremony," meaning that both sides will be willing to resume talks eventually. 

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08/31/2012 - 4:22pm
Ridley, Chung, Spikes all back at practice

Stevan Ridley, Pat Chung, Brandon Spikes and Tracy White returned to practiced on Friday afternoon, as the Patriots were back on the practice field in full pads.

The following players were not spotted at the start of practice: Kyle Love, Jesse Holley, Sergio Brown, Shane Vereen, Jeff Demps, Tyler Urban, Nick McDonald, Matt Kopa, Sebastian Vollmer, Visanthe Shiancoe, Niko Koutouvides and Marcus Harrison.

It's not completely clear as to who is missing because of injury or because of cuts -- the Patriots have to get down to 53 players before the league-mandated cutdown deadline, set for Friday at 9 p.m.

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08/31/2012 - 2:00pm
Source: Pats release DB Derrick Martin

The Patriots have released defensive back Derrick Martin, according to a league source. The 27-year-old Martin, who has been in the league for six seasons, signed with the Patriots on Aug. 4. The 5-foot-10, 198-pound defensive back had 12 tackles in 14 games last season for the Giants.

To this point, the Patriots have released Martin, wide receiver Deion Branch, quarterback Brian Hoyer, offensive lineman Dan Koppen and defensive back James Ihedigbo in their attempts to get down to 53 players before the league-mandated deadline, Friday at 9 p.m.

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08/31/2012 - 1:36pm
Report: Patriots cut veteran WR Branch

The Patriots released wide receiver Deion Branch, per Shalise Manza-Young of The Boston Globe. The 33-year-old Branch has played 10 years in the NFL, including the better part of six seasons with the Patriots. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Branch had 51 catches for 702 yards and five touchdowns last season.

As of Friday at 1:30 p.m., the Patriots have released Branch, quarterback Brian Hoyer, offensive lineman Dan Koppen and defensive back James Ihedigbo in their attempt to get down to 53 players before the league-mandated deadline of Friday at 9 p.m.

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