Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports NFL analyst Peter King checked in with Mut & Merloni for his weekly Patriots Friday appearance and weighed in on some key issues involving the Patriots.
Wes Welker's cut in playing time has been a huge issue in New England this week. King speculated that Welker is indeed being phased out.
"I think they're preparing for life without Wes Welker," King said. "I think if you look at the reality of this situation, Bill Belichick has always -- I mean always -- had the future in mind when he is trying to figure out how he is going to put his team into play for both the present and the future. All you have to do is look back at Richard Seymour. When you look back at Richard Seymour you realize in essence good players can be traded and can be gotten rid of.
"Now, I'll just make this point: Even though Wes Welker is not playing as many snaps as he did let's say a year ago, I did look [it] up...
FOXBORO -- Aaron Hernandez, who was spotted in the locker room Friday limping on his sprained right ankle, was among three Patriots players missing Friday's practice with ankle issues. Also not spotted Friday were defensive linemen Brandon Deaderick and Justin Francis.
Hernandez, who is expected to miss this Sunday's game and the next several weeks, had a cart near his locker to help with mobility as he put on the walking boot on his right foot. Hernandez has missed all three practices this week while Deaderick injured his ankle during Thursday's full pads practice.
Deaderick injured his ankle Thursday in practice and was limited. Logan Mankins, who was limited on Thursday with a hip issue, was in attendance at practice, which was held in shorts and shells on the upper grass fields outside Gillette Stadium. The Patriots will have a walk-through on Saturday before leaving for Baltimore and Sunday night's game against the Ravens. ...
While Bruins players are quickly finding places to play during the lockout, at least one player won't be going anywhere. Nathan Horton, who has been shut down in each of the last two seasons due to concussions but was cleared for contact over the summer, will not play hockey during the lockout, Horton's agent told WEEI.com on Friday.
Agent Paul Krepelka said that Horton is "doing well" and that his decision to not play hockey during the lockout "has nothing to do with his health. Just his personal choice."
Horton, 27, did not play again last season after suffering his second concussion in seven months in a 6-5 win over the Flyers on Jan. 22. In 46 games last season, the right wing scored 17 goals and added 15 assists for 32 points. Horton also saw his 2010-11 season end early when he suffered a concussion on a hit from Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Thus far, David Krejci...
FOXBORO -- Despite just arriving in Foxboro this week with the team, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said before Friday's final full practice that tight end Kellen Winslow could play a significant role in Sunday's game in Baltimore. Winslow was brought into New England earlier this month for a meeting with the Patriots but no contract was signed. That all changed when Aaron Hernandez went down with a right ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.
"I think we'll see," Belichick said at his Friday press conference. "We'll get a good indication today. We've thrown a lot at him the last couple of days. Today is kind of the day we try to tie it all together, review it and see how comfortable and how well he has retained things and all that. But he's a pretty experienced guy. He's smart. He's had a lot of football. We'll see how it goes but I think there's a chance he could help us."
The 29-year-old Winslow was signed on...
NFL Network analyst Mike Lombardi made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the Patriots and news from around the league.
Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton said after Sunday's 20-18 Arizona victory that the Patriots were tipping their plays, helping his defense keep the potent New England offense in check. Lombardi laughed off Horton's comments.
"He's promoting himself," Lombardi said. "If he knew it was run or pass, why didn't he know it was going to be a draw when Danny Woodhead scored the touchdown [called back for holding]. Those are just comical things. It's self-promotion. Guys get off on a tangent. And really, when you study the tape and you really watch the game closely, I think the Patriots beat themselves more than the Cardinals did. The Cardinals -- we talked about last week -- they have a really good defense. But there were some times, there were some plays...
Chris Price joins Chris Villani to talk about the Patriots and Ravens upcoming Monday Night Football game and the rivalry between the two teams.
Patriots DB Devin McCourty tells Glenn, Lou, and Christian that Baltimore is always a tough matchup, he talks about how they don't fear playing at Gillette, and he's not concerned with the Reporters' question that seemed to irk Dont'a Hightower .
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe speak with ESPN's Trent Dilfer and look ahead to the match-up with his old team, the Baltimore Ravens.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Sam Kennedy sits down with Mustard and Johnson to talk about the big off season for the Red Sox so far.
Trenni and Tomase sit down with John Farrell and talk to him about the trades and free agent signings that took place at the MLB winter meetings. They also talk about Pablo Sandoval, how his training is going in Florida and what to expect from him this upcoming year.
Dave Dombrowski joins Trenni and Tomase at Christmas at Fenway. They talked about the huge trade for Chris Sale, other off season moves and expectations for the upcoming season.
Hour two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral take a more league-wide view of things with the Bruins' 28 games into the season
Ken Laird and Rear Admiral talk about the Bruins week that was, featuring five more goals from David Pastrnak, a Thursday clunker, and the Saturday call-up of Danton Heinen with a prospect update from Mark Divver of the Providence Journal
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
Mut ranks all 23 Dino Casting Couch members and Gary Tanguay posts another velfie on the Celtics and Kirk.
Mut defends himself in voting for Trump despite Alex Reimer's claim that he only voted for him because he goes along with whatever Gerry said. Damien Woody joins the guys for his second Friday interview.
Damien Woody praises Tom Brady's work ethic and thinks he can play three or four more seasons. Woody thinks Brady pushed the limits on Deflategate but it didn't play a role in the Patriots beating the Colts in the 2014 AFC Championship game.
No One is safe from OMF's Whiner Line.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about Dont'a Hightower's forceful response to a question about the "Improving" Patriots Defense.
We check in with the playmaker for his weekly visit on the Dale, Holley and Keefe show.
Dale and Rich disagree again on this one... is LG a product of the system here or is he one of the NFL's best runningbacks?
Dale and Rich Keefe speak to Peter King about Patriots/Ravens and several other NFL topics.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
The final episode of 2016 covers BC's bowl game against Maryland on December 26 in Detroit.
Mike Mutnansky returned to his K&C family after a short hiatus, full of spirit and some hate, and impressed on a Patriots Friday showing. Ken Laird and Chris Curtis (with Intern Kyle) have the audio rundown
K&C Producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back at it after Thursday's non-Casting Couch show to discuss the day's program and deliver the day's best soundbytes.
Mike Lombardi thinks the Patriots should trade Jimmy Garoppolo to the Cleveland Browns for a first-round pick next season. Mick Jagger will be a father to his eighth child at age 73 and the most overpaid actors and actresses in Headlines. The guys discuss Mut's internal struggle as to whether or not he should have a vasectomy.More from this show