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01/20/2012 - 2:31pm
Report: Brady has sprained AC joint

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady has a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder, a condition that will require six weeks of rest and treatment to return to full strength, according to an NFL Network report on Friday. Brady missed all of Wednesday's practice to receive rest and rehab on the shoulder as part of a schedule the team has created for the star quarterback.

Brady took a hit on his left shoulder in the first half of the team's win over the Dolphins on Christmas Eve and suffered a sprained the acromioclavicular joint (AC joint) in his left shoulder, sources with knowledge of the injury told Albert Breer. Brady hasn't missed any game time as a result of the injury and has been held out of practice every Wednesday since, with his injury gradually improving.

The team is trying to prevent further inflammation in the shoulder, with Brady's practice work dictated by his pain threshold.

For more, visit the Patriots team page at...

01/20/2012 - 2:28pm
King on M&M: Patriots-49ers Super Bowl

Sports Illustrated's Peter King checked in with Mut & Merloni Friday for his weekly discussion about the Patriots and the NFL. King is predicting a Harbaugh will advance to the Super, but not the one who coaches the Ravens.

"I really think it's going to be a New England-San Francisco Super Bowl," he said. "Although, I continue to think I'm crazy to pick against Eli Manning after he's played as well as he has in big games over the last four years. But I just think that the San Francisco defensive front is going to be at times overwhelming and is either going to strip the ball -- they're going to make a couple of plays on that defensive front.

"In the Patriots game, it's just hard to me to imagine -- as I wrote online today -- it's hard for me to imagine Baltimore scoring in the 20s. Maybe they will, but it's not really something that I can see. I can't imagine that the Ravens can really stop them and this be a game in the...

01/20/2012 - 2:17pm
Pats practice: All regulars on hand

FOXBORO -- Practice squad tight end/receiver Dorin Dickerson was the only player not spotted at Patriots practice on the main Gillette Stadium field Friday as the team wrapped up it's on-field preparation for Sunday's AFC championship tilt against the Ravens. Vince Wilfork wasn't spotted during the media portion until the very end of warmups but was in attendance as practice began. 

The team practiced in sweats and shells and will hold a walkthrough on Saturday before taking on Baltimore Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET. 

The Patriots had perfect attendance from their 53-man squad all three days this week, with the exception of Tom Brady's absence on Wednesday, due to what the NFL Network is reporting is a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. Brady did practice on Thursday and Friday.

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog...

01/20/2012 - 2:04pm
Kraft: TV execs said 'shouldn't hire' Belichick

FOXBORO -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft revealed Friday that before Bill Belichick began his dynasty in 2000, there were TV network executives who told him not to hire him. 

"He had a history in Cleveland," Kraft said. "His first year with us, he went 5-11 and then he went 1-3, so he was 6-14. I had people sending me tapes of him doing press conferences and heads of networks tell me I shouldn't hire him. But what I learned is this guy really knew the game. I think Bill's brillance is understanding what fits for our team."

Since turning around his fortunes in 2001, Belichick has become the first coach in NFL history with five seasons of at least 13 wins and the only coach ever to win three Super Bowls in four seasons. 

"In any business, you want to build complimentary forces," Kraft said. "It's not like it's rocket science where you have to have engineers designing something with exact science. This...

01/20/2012 - 1:45pm
Bruins send Caron, Kampfer to Providence
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins announced Friday that they have sent forward Jordan Caron and defenseman Steven Kampfer to Providence. 

For Caron, it marks the sixth time this season that the 2009 first-round pick has been sent to the AHL. Caron has two goals and two assists for four points in 17 games with Boston this season. He has two goals and seven assists for nine points in 12 AHL games.

Providence has games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend. 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


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