FOXBORO -- As promised earlier in the day, Tom Brady returned to practice on Thursday on the lower practice fields as the Patriots continued their preparation for the Ravens this Sunday in the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. All 53 players on the Patriots active roster and all eight on the practice squad were in attendance for the workout in sweats and shells.
Brady missed Wednesday's practice and was listed as missing with a left shoulder injury on the official participation report. He was the only Patriots player absent on Wednesday while 14 others were listed as "limited" in participation. By contrast, only safety Ed Reed was even listed on Baltimore's report Wednesday, and he was limited with a left ankle injury, suffered on the next-to-last play of the Ravens' 20-13 win over the Texans on Sunday.
The Patriots will practice again on Friday before taking part in their traditional walkthrough on Saturday, one day...
FOXBORO -- Patriots offensive lineman Brian Waters played with safety Bernard Pollard when the two were teammates on the Chiefs in 2008. That year, the Chiefs traveled to Foxboro for the season opener and in the first quarter, Pollard broke through the offensive line and lunged at Tom Brady's left knee and hit him with his helmet. That hit tore ligaments in Brady's knee that immediately ended Brady's season, as the Patriots missed the playoffs.
Now, Pollard returns as a starting strong safety for the Ravens, who play the Patriots Sunday for the AFC championship at Gillette Stadium, scene of the infamous injury of Sept. 2008.
"If you know Bernard, you know there wasn't much [regret] for him," Waters said. "He took pride in the fact he was able to get a hit on Tom and he's not going to live that down one way or the other. He's a guy who takes pride in putting hits on people, being physical. So, he's never going to back...
FOXBORO -- After missing Wednesday's practice to nurse his sore left shoulder, Tom Brady said Thursday morning he would return to practice and be ready to continue preparations for the Ravens in the AFC championship this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots continue preparations on the lower practice field outside Gillette.
"I'll be out there today so you don't have to worry about that," Brady said with a smile. Brady tied an NFL postseason record last Saturday night with six touchdown passes, including an NFL-record five TD passes in the first half.
Brady has received several days off from practice on Wednesdays in the second half of the season.
"It's not the first practice I've missed over the years," Brady laughed.
Sunday's game will be on Sportsradio WEEI 93.7 FM.
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After watching Rajon Rondo leave the game with a sore right wrist in the Celtics' win over Toronto Wednesday night at TD Garden, Celts coach Doc Rivers talked on the Dennis & Callahan Show about what life would be like without the point guard.
"No. Not for long-term," said Rivers when asked if the Celtics could survive without Rondo. "Obviously for short-term you could probably make-shirt and still win games. But you don't replace Rondo or any of the great players. They're irreplaceable. That's why they're great."
Rivers reiterated that the Celtics have been playing catch-up in regard to conditioning, with a chunk of the team coming into training camp out of shape due to the lockout.
"The facts are the facts. Physically more than mentally," said Rivers...
Former Ravens quarterback Brian St. Pierre joined the Dennis & Callahan Show to discuss the AFC Championship matchup of the Patriots and Ravens on Sunday. St. Pierre said that Baltimore's only hope is to get consistent pressure on New England quarterback Tom Brady. If the Ravens fail to accomplish that, he suggested, the Pats could win in a blowout.
"You’ve got to hit Tom Brady if you’re Baltimore. ... It’s incumbent on the Ravens to get pressure on Tom," said St. Pierre. "Two or three years ago, absolutely they can. I don’t think they’re playing at the level, Baltimore that is, that they have in the past, so that is a big challenge. I do think they have matchups that can give New England fits. ... [But] if you’re a Patriots fan and you see Tom Brady sitting there patting the ball, you’re going to be in for a good day. You can probably shut that game off at halftime if he has time to throw....
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
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Giardi and Price continue discussing the outcome of the NFL Draft for the Patriots.
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Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
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DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.
After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.
Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.
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