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03/15/2013 - 12:33pm
Morales down indefinitely after back injection

SARASOTA, Fla. — Red Sox manager John Farrell, prior to his team’s Grapefruit League game against the Orioles in Sarasota, offered medical updates on three of his sidelined players.

Left-hander Franklin Morales, who was already expected to open the year on the disabled list, is sidelined indefinitely following an epidural injection to treat a bulging disc in his back. The condition was discovered during an MRI in Boston.

“When he first had the back symptoms, he went through conservative oral medication but it was clear he needed to receive the injection,” said Farrell. “[The next step is to] begin to initiate some activities as the symptoms subside, which they are. We’re hopeful to start inside-the-weight room type workouts. There’s no target date to put a ball back into his hand yet.”

Farrell said that the Sox currently plan to build Morales back...

03/15/2013 - 12:21pm
Pats said to be negotiating with Brandon Lloyd

It’s been speculated that the Patriots would cut wide receiver Brandon Lloyd before his $3 million roster bonus is due this weekend. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the Pats and Lloyd are negotiating a restructured contract that so that Lloyd could return under a more team-friendly deal.

Lloyd is due a base salary of $1.9 million in 2013, with a salary cap charge of $4.9 million.

The 31-year-old Lloyd had 74 catches for 911 yards and four touchdowns in 2012, his first season in New England. He’s played for five other teams since joining the NFL in 2003.


03/15/2013 - 12:10pm
Report: Pats meet with Steelers WR Sanders

Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, a restricted free agent who would cost a third-round draft pick to sign, is visiting with the Patriots, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Sanders is due to make $1.3 million if he plays in Pittsburgh in 2013. The Steelers are having salary cap issues and might have issues matching a reasonable offer to the receiver.

Sanders, who turns 26 Sunday, caught 44 passes for 626 yards and one touchdown in 2012. In his three-year career, Sanders has 94 receptions for 1,290 yards and five TDs. He was a third-round pick in 2010 out of SMU.


03/15/2013 - 11:19am
Patriots reportedly sign WR Donald Jones

The Patriots have signed wide receiver Donald Jones, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The 6-foot, 208-pound Jones is a Youngstown State product who spent three seasons in the league, all with the Bills, and has 82 career receptions. His best year came in 2012 when he caught 41 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns.

Over the course of his career, Jones has good career numbers against New England — in five games against the Patriots, he has 18 catches for 319 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Jones signed a three-year deal, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.

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03/15/2013 - 8:43am
DE Freeney reportedly will visit Pats Friday

Free agent defensive end Dwight Freeney will visit the Patriots on Friday, according to Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com. Freeney, 33, is an 11-year veteran who was taken in the first round by the Colts out of Syracuse in 2002. Over the course of his career, he’s racked up 107.5 sacks, including 13.5 over the last two seasons with Indy.

You never know how much of this part of the dance between a free agent and a team is simply kicking the tires to see how much they have left and how much is genuine interest. However, this appears to be along the same lines as their interest in veteran free agent defensive end John Abraham, who will also be coming in for a visit on Friday. The Patriots were able to squeeze one good year out of veteran end rusher Andre Carter back in 2011 — it appears they could be thinking the same way with their interest in both Freeney and Abraham.

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