FOXBORO -- Linebackers Tully Banta-Cain and Jermaine Cunningham returned to Patriots practice on Friday on the lower practice field outside Gillette Stadium. Also back on the practice field after missing on Wednesday and Thursday were Deion Branch and Aaron Hernandez.
However, after returning on Thursday, defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick was again missing on Friday. Also absent were Mike Wright, Dan Connolly and James Sanders. The team practiced in sweats and shells as they had their final workout before Christmas. They leave Saturday for Western New York and their Sunday match-up with the Bills in Orchard Park, NY.
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was back in the building on Friday, ready for a second straight day of practice after battling the effects of a mild flu bug. He was also in the Christmas spirit when asked about his reaction to Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs leaving him off his Pro Bowl ballot earlier this week.
"No reaction," Brady said. "I think he is a great player, he really is. I didn't get to vote, actually. I left everybody off my Pro Bowl roster this year because I was sick. I would've voted for Terrell. He gets my vote, such a nice guy."
Brady said the flu also didn't affect his planning for the upcoming game on Sunday against the Bills in Orchard Park, NY. Brady is currently riding one of the best streaks in the history of NFL quarterbacks, having not thrown an interception in 292 attempts, third-best of all-time behind Bernie Kosar (308) and Bart Starr (294).
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The Celtics remained atop the WEEI.com NBA Power Rankings this week, edging out two Western Conference contenders (not even named the Lakers), the Mavericks and Spurs. The list's author, Ben Rohrbach, has the Heat slipping by the Lakers into the fourth spot with the once-feared Thunder dropping to No. 7. Sacramento (with it's five wins) sits at the bottom at No. 30. For Rohrbach's complete list, click here.
Jets owner Woody Johnson threw his support behind coach Rex Ryan in the wake of the foot-fetish video that was made public this week, insisting his "respect has not diminished one iota." Said Johnson: "We're going to make mistakes. We're not perfect. But once we've made a mistake, I think we're pretty good at trying to make remedies and trying to cure and trying to correct what we're doing. ... We're going to work on trying to make ourselves an organization that doesn't have, preferably, any incidents." Johnson also called Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to apologize for comments by his special teams coach following the incident on the sideline two weeks ago.
For the final 10 days of the year, WEEI.com takes a look at the top stories in Boston sports from 2010. Friday brings No. 8: The Marc Savard-Matt Cooke incident and aftermath. Check back each day for the next story in our countdown. And make sure to vote in our poll for the 2010 Boston Athlete of the Year.
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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.
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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
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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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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.
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