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12/29/2010 - 2:45pm
Pats practice: Brady on hand

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was on hand for Wednesday's long form walk-through indoors at the Dana Farber Field House as the team began preparations for the Miami Dolphins in the regular season finale this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. It marked the first time in three weeks Brady took part in the mid-week practice, having been excused from the previous two for rest and the flu. 

 

Offensive lineman Dan Connolly (concussion) led the list of players not participating. Also absent were linebacker Tully Banta-Cain and defensive linemen Ron Brace and Mike Wright. The team worked out in sweats and shells. Connolly missed Sunday's game in Buffalo after suffering a head injury during the Sunday night win over Green Bay on Dec. 19. Mike Wright has been dealing with the effects of a concussion since Nov. 7 while Ron Brace returned on Sunday - also dealing with post-concussion symptoms. 

 

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12/29/2010 - 1:50pm
Milbury on D&H: Horton needs kick in pants

NHL analyst Mike Milbury of NESN and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday with guest hosts Mike Mutnansky and Chris Villani.

 

Milbury said enforcer Shawn Thornton deserves credit for sparking the Bruins with his fight just seconds into the game against the Thrashers last Thursday. The B's won that game and now have won three straight. Said Milbury: "I thought Thornton was tremendous in the game where the team needed emotion, and he clearly once again established himself as a guy that won't relent and won't fall off the map, even though others around him might be suffering and feeling sorry for themselves. This guy just does it. It was a huge pick-me-up."

 

The Bruins won Tuesday night after a controversial call went their way late in the game, with the Lightning getting penalized for Steve Stamkos' shoulder-to-shoulder hit that sent Gregory Campbell sprawling into the...

12/29/2010 - 1:47pm
Suggs on Brady: 'We did vote for him'

It turns out boisterous Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs did have a fond place in his heart for Tom Brady after all - or at least his teammates got through to him. One week after he told Yahoo's Michael Silver that he voted for Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Ryan Fitzpatrick - and not Brady - on his player's Pro Bowl ballot, Suggs admitted the Ravens linebacker corps convinced him voting Brady was the right thing to do.

 

“Let’s go ahead and let the cat out of the bag: We did vote for him,” Suggs told the Baltimore Sun Wednesday. “We’ve got quarrels and our beefs but you got to respect play. It was kind of decided as a unit who we vote for. We did vote for him.”

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12/29/2010 - 1:07pm
Buddy system: Pats bring back Farnham

FOXBORO -- The Patriots confirmed Wednesday they have re-signed former Brown University star receiver Buddy Farnham. It's the third time the Patriots have brought the Andover, Mass. native back to the team.

 

Farnham was named the 2009 Ivy League and New England Player of the Year as a senior at Brown. He finished the 2009 season with 1,003 receiving yards and 74 receptions. Farnham finished his college career with 229 receptions, sixth in the Ivy League history, while his 2,895 career yards are seventh in Ivy League history.

 

Farnham was signed as a rookie free agent in the summer and reported to training camp and was one of the final cuts at the end of the preseason. He fills the spot vacated on the practice squad when cornerback Tony Carter was promoted to the active roster Dec. 18.

 

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12/29/2010 - 12:05pm
Belichick not talking playing time

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick did not provide any clues as to how much Tom Brady and other starters on offense and defense would play this weekend in a game that will have no impact on their position for the upcoming playoffs. 

 

"I think we just approach each for what it is, don't really worry about the standings and the records and all that, just try to get ready and then go out and compete on Sunday," Belichick said. 

 

The Patriots head into the regular season finale with a 13-2 record, having clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs and home field advantage throughout while the Dolphins - eliminated on Dec. 19 in a home loss to the Bills - are just trying to finish with a .500 record, entering the game with a 7-8 mark. The Patriots will try to finish with a perfect regular season home record for the second straight season.

 

The Patriots are practicing Wednesday in the Dana Farber...

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