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10/24/2012 - 9:52am
McCourty earns AFC special teams POTW

FOXBORO -- After returing a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown in Sunday's overtime win against the Jets, Devin McCourty was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Wednesday by the NFL. 

The kick return quickly turned the momentum in the game after the Jets had taken an early 7-0 lead by scoring on their opening drive. 

McCourty almost suffered the ultimate unfortunate turn of fate, fumbling a kickoff late in the fourth quarter that led to a Jets go-ahead field goal. McCourty said "my teammates saved my life" after the Patriots rallied for the game-tying field goal as time expired in regulation. The Patriots won it on a 48-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski in overtime and a strip-sack of Mark Sanchez by Rob Ninkovich.

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


10/24/2012 - 8:30am
Schlereth on D&C: 'Baffled' by Patriots' play

ESPN NFL analyst Mark Schlereth joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning for a discussion about the Patriots and other league news.

Schlereth, a former lineman who won three Super Bowls during his time in Washington and Denver in the 1990s, is as surprised as anyone at the Patriots' struggles of late.

"I'm sitting here kind of baffled as everybody else is," he said. "At what point does the switch get flipped, if you will? I know Tom Brady's come out [and said] it's hard to win in this league, it's hard, hard, hard. I get that. But still, you look at the Patriots [and think that] they're going to figure it out eventually because they always seem to. Just the AFC in general has been perplexing and a little bit baffling to me."

Schlereth isn't ready to predict a Patriots-Texans AFC championship game, despite the fact that New England and Houston are two of only three AFC teams with a record over .500 (along with the...

10/24/2012 - 6:50am
Mashup: Gronk among NFL's most popular

Forbes magazine has the results of a Nielsen/E-Poll Market Research survey of NFL fans that attempted to determined which players are the most and least popular. Ranking No. 1, with a 63 percent appeal rating, is Steelers defensive back Troy Polamalu. At the bottom of the list is Lions defensive end Ndamukong Suh, whose dirty play and off-field issues led to his 19 percent rating.

Other notable names with favorable ratings: Saints quarterback Drew Brees (62 percent), Packers DB Charles Woodson (62 percent), Broncos QB Peyton Manning (59 percent), Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (58 percent) and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (58 percent).

Players with less-favorable ratings include: Bears QB Jay Cutler (21 percent), Eagles QB Michael Vick (23 percent) and 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss (24 percent).

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at...

10/23/2012 - 7:38pm
Valentine: Ortiz quit on Red Sox in '12

Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, in an interview on NBC Sports Network that aired on Tuesday night, claimed that DH David Ortiz decided to bail on the 2012 season after his return from a right Achilles injury because he didn't want to play for a team that was out of contention. Ortiz went on the DL on July 16 after suffering the injury while running the bases on an Adrian Gonzalez homer. 

"David Ortiz came back after spending about six weeks on the disabled list and we thought it was only going to be a week. He got two hits the first two times up, drove in a couple runs; we were off to the races," Valentine said on "Costas Tonight," in a transcript that appears on NBCSports.com. "Then he realized that this trade meant that we’re not going to run this race and we’re not even...

10/23/2012 - 5:52pm
Rask injured playing in Czech Republic
By: DJ Bean

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask suffered a groin injury playing for HC Plzen of the Czech Extraliga on Tuesday. According to a tweet from Czech play-by-play announcer Roman Jedlicka, Rask left the game after the first period. 

Rask suffered an abdomen strain/groin strain last season, and he didn't play again after sustaining the injury on March 3 against the Islanders.

Said Rask to a Czech TV station following the game Tuesday: "I slightly pulled my groin. It is not serious. I had groin problems last year so I took a little rest just for precaution."

Rask's injury is the first reported injury suffered by a Bruins player playing overseas during the NHL lockout. 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins

 


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