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10/18/2010 - 6:23pm
Report: Savard passes exertion test
By: DJ Bean

It appears that Marc Savard can start down the road of getting into playing shape for this season, as Peter Chiarelli recently told Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe that the center has passed the exertion test that he failed on the first day of training camp back on September 17.

 

Savard has been dealing with post-concussion syndrome symptoms since late in the summer, when the effects of the March 7 Matt Cooke hit prevented him from continuing his training.

 

Since he is on long-term injury reserve, Savard must miss the season's first 10 games and 24 days, though Shinzawa writes that Savard has skated since passing the test. The test clears Savard for more physically demanding activity, including weight lifting more intense cardio work.

 

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10/18/2010 - 5:59pm
BB on Big Show: Don't expect Mankins trade
By: DJ Bean

Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Monday, discussing the team's overtime victory over the Ravens, the return of Deion Branch, and Brandon Meriweather's head-to-head hit on Baltimore tight end Todd Heap. 

 

Regarding Meriweather, who is expected to be fined for the hit in which he led with his helmet, Belichick said the safety needs to stay aggressive without crossing any lines.

 

"If those plays are illegal, then you can't do it. That's what the rule is and we have to play about the rules," Belichick said. "We coach that, and the players understand it. It's a split-second decision. It's no different than hitting the quarterback below the knees or above the shoulders, but again, it's the responsibility of the defender or the pass-rusher to make that contact in a legal manner, so we have to do it.

 

"You keep the aggressiveness. It's...

10/18/2010 - 2:32pm
Rivers has 'minor throat surgery'

Celtics coach Doc Rivers had what the team called "minor throat surgery" Sunday morning at Mass General Hospital. Assistant coach Lawrence Frank said the procedure was planned, and was "in and out." Rivers missed practice on Monday and was at his home in Boston resting his voice. A team spokesman said the surgery was designed to relieve pressure on Rivers' vocal chords. 

 

"He came through," Frank said. "He feels good, but right now the doctor just doesn’t want him using his voice. So he’s day to day, but everything looks good and we look forward to getting him back." Frank said that Rivers left the coaches with a practice plan, and while there is no definitive timetable for Rivers to return to the team, he is day to day.

 

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics
 


10/18/2010 - 1:12pm
B's Thomas: Not like I 'stunk up the league'
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON — Tim Thomas has come out strong out of the gate this season, as the Bruins netminder has saved 60 of 61 shots faced through two games, both of which were victories. The 36-year-old has plenty of reasons to feel confident after offseason hip surgery that has given him the clean bill of health a season ago, when he followed up a Vezina season with a campaign that saw Tuukka Rask emerge as the team's No. 1 goalie down the stretch and in the playoffs. 

 

"It feels great. It's been a great way to start the year," Thomas said after practice on Monday. "Now we're starting to get into the meat of it where it's game after game after game after game, so you've got to keep it going. You pat yourself on the back for what's been accomplished so far, but we've got to go right back to work."

 

Thomas noted that being healthy is a big reason for his hot start, but cautioned against thinking his...

10/18/2010 - 1:04pm
Report: Seau arrested, then car goes off cliff

Former Patriot Junior Seau was in an accident in which his car fell off a cliff near his San Diego-area home shortly after he was released from jail early Monday morning following his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence, according to a report from TMZ.com that cited law enforcement officials. The report indicated Seau survived the accident and was transported to a local hospital.

 

Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowler, was the fifth overall pick by the Chargers in the 1990 draft out of USC. He played for San Diego through the 2002 season before being traded to the Dolphins. After three seasons in Miami, he announced his retirement. However, just days later he signed with the Patriots. He played two full seasons in Foxboro and parts of the last two campaigns.

 

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


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