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12/22/2010 - 2:32pm
Gailey: We'll kick away from Connolly

FOXBORO — When it comes to Dan Connolly, the Bills aren't taking any chances.

On a conference call with the New England media, Buffalo coach Chan Gailey jokingly said the Bills were "going to kick away from" Connolly after the offensive lineman turned in an unlikely 71-yard return last Sunday against the Packers.

"I got asked [about him] here, too — we're going to kick away from him," Gailey said with a laugh. "I think that's a good story. I don't know when's the last time that happened, probably not ever. We probably won't kick it to him. I hope we don't kick it to him, to be honest with you."

On the strength of his return — the longest kick return in NFL history by an offensive lineman, according to the Elias Sports Bureau — Connolly was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. It's the fourth time a Patriot has been honored with a Player of the Week Award...

12/22/2010 - 1:27pm
Pats practice: Brady among 8 not present

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady, Dan Connolly, Deion Branch and Aaron Hernandez were among the eight players not seen at Patriots practice as on-field practice began for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Orchard Park. 

 

Also not seen were defensive linemen Brandon Deadrick, Myron Pryor and Mike Wright as well as receiver Deion Branch, tight end Aaron Hernandez and linebacker Tully Banta-Cain. Ron Brace returned to practice for the first time since suffering a mild concussion two weeks ago against the Bears. 

 

The team practiced outdoors in sweats and shells on the lower practice fields. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


12/22/2010 - 12:58pm
Milbury on D&H: 'Chara needs to pick it up'

Mike Milbury of NESN and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show to give his opinions about the Bruins and the NHL.

 

Asked if the Bruins might consider a change behind the bench, Milbury said it's too early for Claude Julien's job to be in jeopardy. "I don't think so, no," he said. "This team has shown remarkable resiliency. When they get down, you think that the wheels are falling of the wagon, they pull it together. And I think they'll pull it together for Claude again."

 

Added Milbury: "They need to loosen the screws a little bit offensively. Go after it, make some mistakes, try some things, do some things differently. Do I think they're ready to knock on Claude Julien's door? Absolutely not. I don't think that's a consideration right now. Tell me 10 games from now when they've won one, and it's a different story."

 

Milbury said there are...

12/22/2010 - 12:51pm
Marchand 'questionable' for Thursday's game
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON — Brad Marchand was once again missing from the Bruins’ practice at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday. Following the skate, coach Claude Julien said the forward is “questionable” for Thursday night’s tilt against the Thrashers at TD Garden.

 

Marchand has been out since leaving Saturday’s game against the Capitals late in the second period. The team has not disclosed what the injury is, but Julien has said that it stemmed from a hit he took in the game. Daniel Paille has skated with the energy line in his absence.

 

In 31 games this season, Marchand has 12 points (4 G, 8 A) and a plus-5 rating. Three of his four goals have come on the penalty kill.

 

For more on the Bruins, visit their team page at weei.com/bruins.

 

 


12/22/2010 - 12:37pm
Julien: 'I hear' what's being said about me
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- On Wednesday, Bruins coach Claude Julien addressed the swirling speculation over whether his job in Boston is safe. Fans have called for the team to fire him, while media outlets have also raised the question of whether a coaching change could be in the works. 

 

"I don't let that get to me. I come in, I'm going to coach the same way, and I'm going to do what I do the best I can," Julien said after the team's practice at Ristuccia Arena. "It's as simple as that.

 

"It is what it is. Honestly, I just went out there today and yesterday very positive with the players and doing my job just like I would any other day. I hear what's going out there, but certainly not listening or reading, because that's certainly not helpful for me."

 

Julien is in his fourth season as head coach of the Bruins. He has led the team to three straight playoff appearances,...

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