FOXBORO -- Jerod Mayo acknowledged Thursday that he was informed by the NFL that he would be fined for a hit during the Patriots' 34-3 rout of Buffalo last Sunday. On Friday, the NFL informed him how much but not why.
The NFL fined the Patriots Pro Bowl linebacker $10,000 for one of two - or both - second-quarter crushing hits of Bills wide receivers Steve Johnson and Dave Nelson.
Mayo nailed Johnson on a fourth-and-12 pass over the middle, breaking up the pass. He then drilled Nelson on a second-down pass attempt. Nelson stayed on the ground and left the field woozy. Both later returned to the game. Mayo leads the NFL with 169 tackles.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports checked in for his weekly Patriots Friday appearance on the Dale & Holley show with guest hosts Chris Price and Eric Frede.
King lauded the Patriots for the turnaround in Foxboro this season, crediting Bill Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio. Said King: "It's an amazing job by this organization. … I think it's a tremendous tribute to Belichick."
Asked if Caserio will receive attention around the league for his contributions, King wasn't so sure, due to the fact that the Patriots protect him so well. "Nobody knows who he is," King said. "He's under a rock. I've never met the guy."
King said the Patriots would do well to give Tom Brady extra time on the bench Sunday vs. Miami, mainly to see what they have behind him. "I just think it's smart if you have a good picture of...
FOXBORO -- One day after returning to practice from a hip injury, Aaron Hernandez was not spotted at the open portion of Patriots practice Friday outside Gillette Stadium. Also missing were Dan Connolly, Mike Wright and Ron Brace.
Hernandez was limited on Thursday while Connolly and Wright have been out with concussions. Brace suffered an elbow injury against the Bills on Sunday and has missed practice all week. The team practice on the lower grass field outside Gillette in very mild, sunny conditions.
The Patriots look to finish the season 14-2 for the third time in the last 10 years with a win over the Dolphins in the regular-season finale at Gillette on Sunday. Bill Belichick will become the first coach in NFL history with four seasons of at least 14 wins with a victory. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots.
Patriots running back Fred Taylor joined guest hosts Chris Price and Eric Frede for his regular appearance on the Dale & Holley show as part of WEEI's Patriots Friday.
Taylor was featured in a Boston Globe story this week, and in it he talked about his future in the league after an injury-plagued 2010 season.
"I have been considering retirement since about Year 8 or 9," he said. "I said, 'Well, when I make it to 10, I'll shut it down.' But good things continue to happen for me, and my motivation was 1) to try and make the Pro Bowl, after all those years of being snubbed. Another thing is to try and win the championship.
"I just kept going in the offseason, trying to recommit myself and rededicate myself to the game. And then when I got around the younger guys, the inspiration came from the camaraderie and competing against old guys in the offseason workouts and trying to...
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady left no doubt that he intends to start and play in the season finale against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday at Gillette Stadium, despite the fact the Patriots have already wrapped up the No. 1 seed and home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
"That's the focus of what's really been the trademark of this team, is to always make improvements over the course of the season," Brady said. "I don't think we take weeks off, I don't think we take days off."
The Patriots are also trying to finish with a perfect home regular-season record for the third time in four seasons. Brady has won an NFL-record 27 consecutive starts at Gillette Stadium. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable previews Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks.
The voice of the Super Bowl Kevin Harlan joins the show to preview the Super Bowl and talk about some the Patriots games he has called.
Tom E Curran joins the show on Radio Row to preview the Super Bowl and talk about the fraud Roger Goodell.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Wrapping up the show's week on radio row.
Show favorite Mad Dog Russo joins the guys to look at Sunday's game and the response he has seen to deflategate.
Kravitz calls in to put a wrap on the deflategate this week's coverage. He details some of the twitter attacks he has received from Patriots fans.
Christian ran around Radio Row getting predictions form anyone he could find, which included being Green-Flied by Warren Sapp
Local Wiseguy Louie Merloni gives us the lines for Super Bowl XLIX
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins Lou, Christian and Tim to talk about all the news surrounding Super Bowl XLIX
We help you gamblers out there by breaking down some Super Bowl Prop Bets.
Kevin Harlan talks about some of his famous calls from Patriots games and previews the Super Bowl live from Radio Row.
Tom E Curran joins the show on Radio Row to preview the Super Bowl and give his prediction for the big game.
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Mikey and Mut are gearing up for the Super Bowl on the final show before the Patriots take on the Seahawks.
DeOssie joins Mut from Arizona to talk about how big the hype has been for this year's Super Bowl in comparison to other Super Bowl games in the past and how Seattle's defense matches up against New England's offense.
Jim and Pete talk about the final football game of the 2014 season. It's the Patriots and the Seahawks, and there's still fantasy football to be played!
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
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