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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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...
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.
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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...
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.
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Hall of Famer Michael Irvin checks in with the Dale and Holley show and offers up some perspective on the Seahawks locker room situation, and whether the supposed discord amongst other players and quarterback Russell Wilson is part of the reason why the Seahawks have struggled on the field of late.
Devin McCourty discusses the dangerous Bears offense.
Adam Schefter breaks down the Patriots and Darrelle Revis, Russel Wilson and the Seahawks, and Jay Cutler and the Bears
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Kirk Minihane joins the We Hate Dwyane Wade Show to preview the upcoming Celtics season. Ben and Sam also discuss the Rajon Rondo/Jeff Green trade rumors and dabble in the classic NBA analytics debate.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
Description: Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.
Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
Pierre McGuire joins the guys to talk about the Bruins, the Johnny Boychuck trade, and the rest of the NHL
We talk pucks with Jack Edwards of NESN for his take on an impressive win over the San Jose Sharks and the state of the B's in general.
Rodney discussed Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed Freeman's story on Russell Wilson.
Devin McCourty discusses the dangerous Bears offense.
We discuss another impressive win by Peyton Manning and the Broncos and think long term for the 2014 season about whether or not the Patriots will have enough firepower to beat the Broncos in crunch time: the playoffs.
We tackle four topics that pit Boston against Chicago in one form or another.
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
AJ Soares joins the show to talk about the Revs run to the playoffs, how Jermaine Jones has impacted the team, and should Lee Nguyen for MVP.
The Dennis & Callahan Show producers fight back.
Sausage and Lumpy, the producers for the D&C show, recorded a podcast yesterday. They left A LOT of stuff on the cutting room floor. Luckily, MFB picked it all up and played the unedited version during the midday show. Kirk joined the show to discuss how hard it is working with Callahan and his two producers.More from this show
We discuss the breaking news that Darrelle Revis was sent home yesterday for being late to scheduled team activities. Was it the right move by Bill Belichick? We discuss.More from this show