FOXBORO — The Patriots have reportedly filed a complaint with the league about the turf at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network. LaCanfora reported that New England and Oakland have also lodged complaints about the footing at Heinz Field, which is universally accorded as having some of the worst turf conditions in the league.
Before he was cut, former Pittsburgh kicker Jeff Reed called the state of the turf into question in the wake of a missed field goal last week against the Patriots.
“I’m not one to make excuses. I’ll take the credit for the miss. It was a great snap, a great hold, great protection,” Reed said of the miss, a 26-yarder against New England. “[But] it’s kind of hard when you plant your foot and a piece of ground moves where the ball’s under the holder. I almost missed the ball completely.
“I’m not going to...
Rajon Rondo will not play Sunday against the Raptors because of a strained left hamstring that the All-Star guard suffered Friday night in a loss to Oklahoma City. The injury happened when he collided with Royal Ivey.
Nate Robinson will start for Rondo, his first start for the Celtics. Doc Rivers told reporters in Toronto that he was monitoring Delonte West's minutes because of West's back, which forced him to miss some time in the preseason. West had a wrap around his lower back throughout the Oklahoma City game. Rookie Avery Bradley is among the 12 active players.
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Talking on NFL Sunday, former Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown, who also spent some time playing in the Pats' defensive backfield, stated that it was his opinion that referees called a different game when the Colts were involved due to the presence of their president, Bill Polian.
"I just think that Bill Polian, when the referees do games with him in it, they call a lot more pass interference calls than they do with any other team," Brown said.
Polian, who is on the NFL's competition committee, helped institute the league's "illegal contact" rule after the Patriots beat his Colts in the 2003 AFC Championship Game.
Agreeing with Brown was another participant in the Sunday morning show, former Patriots tight end Christian Fauria, who pointed to the difference in referees' approaches following the 2003 season.
"I agree with you Troy, the benefit on being on...
Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie, who hit .287 with a .907 OPS and nine homers in 55 games down the stretch, said by phone from Arizona that he had not had any discussions with the Red Sox about what position or role he might have in 2011.
The 26-year-old has been mentioned in a number of possibilities for the Sox next season, whether as a starting shortstop (should the team trade Marco Scutaro), a starting third baseman (in one scenario should Adrian Beltre depart) or as a utility infielder. Lowrie understands that his position is out of his control -- as, for that matter, is whether he spends the offseason being mentioned in trade rumors -- but he has a clear view of himself as a major leaguer.
After spending almost all of his professional career at shortstop and almost all of his college career at second base, while he would not object to any starting role, he views those two positions as his most natural fits. And,...
After skating with the rest of his teammates for the first time this season, Bruins center Marc Savard addressed his state of mind, his recovery from post-concussion syndrome, and the unflattering light in which his name has grabbed headlines of late. NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell, who coached Savard while the two were with the Rangers in 1997-98, had emails leaked in which he called Savard a "little fake artist" and the "biggest faker going." On Saturday, Savard reminisced on their days in New York and the positive relationship the two had, and noted that it would be unfair to suggest the emails conveyed a bias that went into the decision to not suspend Matt Cooke, who gave Savard his concussion last March.
"I have nothing against [Colin Campbell]. I think that stuff was private stuff, and I think that stuff that he was saying got interpreted in a bad way," Savard, who noted the emails...
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price explain how the Patriots held off the Jets, 17-16, Sunday at MetLife Stadium to improve to 12-3 and lock up a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs.
Greg and Steve give their final thoughts and predictions for what is about to go down at MetLife Stadium today.
Curran calls the guys to discuss the game today and gets into the effect of having no Edelman. He talks about Amendola's role, the Pats running game and more.
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Jon talks about his experiences with free agency, what it would have taken to sign him to the Red Sox last season, and his experiences with fans since signing with the Cubs.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with newly signed Red Sox pitcher, Wade Miley. They talk about the story that came out about the D-Backs wanting him to switch to a gluten-free diet, and what he expects coming from the N.L. West to the A.L. East.
The boys are back at it, Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher and new Chicago Cub Jon Lester, they then talk with new Red Sox pitcher and ongoing consumer of gluten, Wade Miley.
Pierre joins the show to talk about the Bruins-Wild game, Bruins trade rumors, and the rest of the NHL.
Jack Edwards talks with Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton and drops the bomb on us that based on how the standings look now, the Bruins could miss the playoffs this season.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins and all things NHL
Tom joined the show to discuss the close win over the Jets and Rex Ryan's comments.
Tim Hasselbeck on week 16 in the NFL.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Christian quizzes Lou and Tim on which songs were used for torture by the CIA, and Tim is upset he couldn't remember Team America: World Police
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins MFB to discuss Jim Harbaugh rumors, Rex Ryan's future, and why the Patriots may be better served by not wraping up the number one seed in the AFC this week
Christian shares what he believes will be the three keys to this Sunday's game against the New York Jets
Dale and Michael discuss the trade of Rajon Rondo, and whether it ultimately was a good deal for the Celtics.
We break down Rex and the Jets vs the Patriots with CSNNE's Tom E Curran
Kay comes into the show to try out for the textress role on the program. We learn about her favorite sports and fondness for Rajon Rondo.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are taling Patriots-Jets and the potential end of Rex Ryan's coaching career with the team.
Tonight marks 9 straight years of the Planet Mikey Show. We play some sound from the takeover which got Planet Mikey rolling .
Jen Royle joins the show to talk about The Taste and what its like working with amazing chefs and how her personality is going over with viewers.
What should Danny Ainge do with these Celtics? Is Anthony Davis the second best player in the NBA? Are the Warriors truly contenders?
Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy joins DJ to discuss the "uncoachable(?)" Taylor Hall and revisit the Tyler Seguin trade. Ryan also shares his issues with how the Bruins are run.
Twas the Saturday before Christmas, Rooke and Scott Cordischi in the house taking your calls, texts tweets and emails (not so much). Listeners sound off on the week's best topics. An annual RI DIV I Tourney, Mr Rondo goes to Dallas and celebrating the plethora of Christmas tunesMore from this show