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12/15/2010 - 10:54am
Pats place Wilhite on IR; sign DL

FOXBORO -- The Patriots made room for their newest defensive lineman on Wednesday by placing cornerback Jonathan Wilhite on season-ending injured reserve. Louis Leonard is expected to be with the team this week for practice. 

 

At 6-4 and 325 pounds, Leonard is in his fourth NFL season after playing with the Rams (2007), Browns (2007-08) and Panthers (2009-10). He originally joined the NFL as a rookie free agent with the San Diego Chargers in 2007 out of Fresno State.

 

Wilhite injured his hip against Pittsburgh and missed the last four games. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


12/15/2010 - 9:35am
Cris Carter on D&C talks Branch, Moss

ESPN analyst and former NFL standout Cris Carter joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Wednesday morning to talk about the Patriots and further explain his critical comments about wide receiver Deion Branch.

 

In an interview on The Big Show recently, Carter said Branch "disappears" against regular cornerbacks. Asked if he still felt that way considering how well Branch has performed since rejoining the Patriots, Carter clarified his analysis as being of Branch's career, and it includes the fact that Branch has struggled with injuries.

 

"Deion is a very good route-runner. Exceptional quickness," Branch said. "He hasn't been able to stay healthy. He'll be able to come back to New England, I believe, and salvage his career. This is not the same player who was in Seattle in Week 1 and 2. And this is not the same player who was in Seattle the last couple of years. Now, was that player inside of...

12/15/2010 - 7:49am
Mashup: Vick wants a dog

Michael Vick said he wants to get a dog. The Eagles quarterback, who spent 18 months in prison for his role in allowing the fighting and abuse of dogs on his compound, said in an interview with NBC News on Tuesday that having a pet would show that his transformation is complete. "I would love to get another dog in the future," he said. "I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process.

 

"I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love and my passion for animals; I think it would be outstanding. If I ever have the opportunity again I will never take it for granted. I miss having a dog right now. I wish I could. My daughters miss having one, and that’s the hardest thing: telling them that we can’t have one because of my actions."

 

Also in the news, Bengals receiver Terrell Owens, who has been productive on the field and...

12/14/2010 - 7:58pm
Sox close to signing reliever Matt Albers

The Red Sox appear close to signing right-handed reliever Matt Albers. Peter Gammons of NESN and the MLB Network was the first to report that Albers was being added. A source with knowledge of the talks between the pitcher and club said that a deal is not yet concluded, but that the two sides are "getting closer" to a contract.

 

Albers, 27, had a 4.52 ERA in 62 appearances for the Orioles last year, striking out 49 and walking 34 in 75 2/3 innings. In parts of five big league seasons, he is 15-25 with a 5.11 ERA. While his strikeout numbers (5.8 per nine innings) are fairly unimpressive, he gets a significant number of groundballs, making him an intriguing buy-low possibility on a Sox relief corps that is lacking a groundball-inducing option.

 

For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.


12/14/2010 - 7:24pm
Sturm passes physical, completing LA trade
By: DJ Bean

Peter Chiarelli released a statement Tuesday saying Marco Sturm has passed his physical with the Kings, making his trade from the Bruins official. Rich Hammond was the first to report the physical being completed.

 

The Bruins announced on Saturday that they had sent Sturm to Los Angeles in exchange for nothing. Trading Sturm, who is coming off a torn ACL and MCL, allowed the Bruins to avoid a messy salary cap situation that would have been encontered with his activation. Sturm, a free agent at season's end, has a $3.5 million salary cap hit.

 

With the trade, the Bruins are $288,793 under the cap, according to capgeek.com. For more on the Bruins, visit their team page at weei.com/bruins.


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