FOXBORO -- Veteran running back Fred Taylor is among the eight Patriots declared inactive by the team prior to their AFC divisional game with the Jets at Gillette Stadium.
Also inactive are OL Rich Ohrnberger, OL Mark LeVoir, WR Taylor Price, DL Myron Pryor, RB Thomas Clayton, CB Tony Carter and LB Marques Murrell.
Rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez (hip) practiced with the team this week and is playing for the first time since Week 15, when he caught two TD passes in the win over the Packers. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is.
FOXBORO - The Jets will not have one explosive weapon in their arsenal against the Patriots as kick returner Brad Smith is out with a groin injury.
Smith's loss is a significant one since he runs the "Wildcat" formation and is the team's leading threat in kick-off returns this season, having returned kicks against Cincinnati and Pittsburgh for touchdowns this season. Also inactive for the Jets are FB John Conner, DE Vernon Gholston, DT Jarron Gilbert, TE Matthew Mulligan, TE Jeff Cumberland and DT Marcus Dixon. Kellen Clemens will be the third quarterback.
While the Celtics got Kevin Garnett back at practice, they were without Shaquille O'Neal who slipped on some ice and has a strained adductor muscle in his right leg, according to the team. Marquis Daniels also missed most of practice after his back tightened up following a hard pick from Kendrick Perkins. "Perk welcomed me back," Daniels said. "I'm OK."
Without Shaq and Daniels, the Celtics were once again down to 10 players for practice. But there was good news as Perkins went through his first live practice and took his usual place in the starting five. "First day for Perk live," Doc Rivers said. "Phenomenal. He looked great. He’s in great shape. Today was the first time all year that we actually had a real first unit on the floor. It was another level because they could run anything they wanted."
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Fox Sports' Jay Glazer showed a video of a Patriots player trying to trip a Jets gunner in the teams' Week Two game at the New Meadowlands Stadium. The video shows Patriots players forming a wall along the white stripe on the sideline. Glazer said the Jets became aware of the move after signing a Patriots practice-squad player who blew the whistle on his former team.
Last month, the Jets were fined $100,000 after strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi successfully tripped Dolphins gunner Nolan Carroll. After the incident, Jets special-teams coach Mike Westhoff stated on a local radio program that the Patriots do the same thing.
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Kevin Garnett went through the whole practice Sunday and appears poised to make his return to the court Monday against the Magic. Celtics coach Doc Rivers pushed the team hard in order for Garnett to test his strained right calf muscle. While he went through the practice without a practice without a problem, the team will wait to see how he feels Monday before making a decision.
"I think Kevin will go tomorrow," Rivers said. "We went to practice to see if he could go tomorrow. Meaning we’ll know that by tomorrow. If he feels good, he’ll go. If there’s anything [wrong] he will not go. I would probably put it back to-50-50."
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Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.
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The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
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Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk chat with Tom Curran about the Patriots declining Vince Wilfork's option and the status of Darrelle Revis.
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Peirre McGuire of NBC Sports to talk about the snake-bit Bruins and their chances of making the playoffs. Pierre then weighs in the idea of Christian Fauria playing goalie
Steve Cooper, reporter for 7 News, joined the show to talk about the first day of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial.
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We talk Boston Bruins with NESN's Jack Edwards, our first talk since the NHL trade deadline.
Jerry discusses the plus and minus' of the Patriots first (of many) Super Bowl DVD's
Dale and Michael briefly discuss the opening of the Marathon Bombing Trial, and how the 'Free Dhzokar' crowd will have to get a new hobby.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Adam Himmelsbach, Celtics beat reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the show to share his love of the Brow and discuss the surging Celtics playoff chances. Then we take a field trip to the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference and analyze the data with Rick Friedman.
Chris and comedian Will Noonan discuss the events of last night's Raw.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin previews the opening round of the Hockey East tournament with Northeastern coach Jim Madigan and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and The Mack Report.
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