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09/22/2010 - 2:56pm
Belichick on Faulk: 'What's there not to like?'

Bill Belichick met with the media Wednesday and was asked about the loss of running back Kevin Faulk, who tore an ACL in his right knee during Sunday's defeat to the Jets and will miss the rest of the 2010 season.

 

"I think I’m pretty lucky that he was here when I got here, so I’ll take that one," said Belichick of Faulk, the Patriots' longest-tenured player. "Kevin is a good football player. He’s smart. He’s tough. He’s got good skills, good running skills, good catching skills. He’s a good decision maker. Most of all, I think he’s very coachable and really cares about the game, his teammates and his team. What’s there not to like about Kevin Faulk?"

 

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


09/22/2010 - 2:32pm
Bowden plans return to 'pen in '11

Red Sox pitcher Michael Bowden, who has a 5.25 ERA out of the bullpen this season, will join Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter League following the conclusion of this season. The right-hander is hopeful that he will get about 15 appearances out of the bullpen for Magallanes this winter as he prepares to work once again out of the bullpen in 2011.

 

While the right-hander had been developed as a starter over most of his six professional seasons, he is now looking forward to refining his work as a reliever, a role that he anticipates remaining in for next season and perhaps beyond.

 

“As of now, I’m going to winter ball to work on getting repetitions in the bullpen for next year,” said Bowden. “The plan as of now is to be a reliever [in 2011]."

 

For more on Bowden's thoughts about both winter ball and relieving,...

09/22/2010 - 1:27pm
Pats practice report: Wheatley, Kaczur out

FOXBORO -- In addition to Kevin Faulk, Terrence Wheatley and Nick Kaczur were missing from Patriots practice on Wednesday as the Patriots began on-field preparations for the Buffalo Bills this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. 

 

Wheatley has been rehabbing a foot injury while Kaczur is still nursing a back injury. The team practiced in full pads on the upper practice fields outside Gillette Stadium. 

 

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


09/22/2010 - 12:54pm
Francona on D&H: 'Realistic' with Ellsbury

Red Sox manager Terry Francona made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday and talked about his point of view now that his team's chances for the postseason are an afterthought. "Where we've played ourselves into kind of a longshot, I think we have an obligation — I don't care if we're 20 games out — we have an obligation to try to win as many games as we can," Francona said. "Now, you might use some younger guys in doing that, and do some balancing for the organization. But we always have an obligation to try to play the game right. That will never change."

 

Asked about Jacoby Ellsbury, Francona said: "We're trying to be pretty realistic with where we're at. We tried numerous times to get him out there. The last time when it didn't work, it was pretty obvious that we needed to shut him down. ... I don't know if he would be able to play or not. I do know that by finally sitting back...

09/22/2010 - 12:26pm
Gillette, Pats extend agreement to 2031

FOXBORO — Gillette and The Kraft Group today announced an extension to their partnership that includes exclusive naming and sponsorship rights of Gillette Stadium through the 2031 football season.

“Like the Patriots, Gillette has a long history in New England and we are proud to partner with a local company that is a powerful world-class brand,” said Jonathan Kraft, President of The Kraft Group, in a statement issued by the team. “Gillette is not just a naming rights partner, but a company we are proud to partner with on many platforms. Since the grand opening of Gillette Stadium in 2002, on the night that we unveiled our first Super Bowl banner, the Patriots and the Revolution have established a championship tradition, combining to win seven conference titles and two league championships. We look forward to continuing the championship tradition here at Gillette Stadium and are happy that Gillette will remain part of...

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