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01/03/2011 - 7:09pm
Reports: Patriots suspend Deaderick

Patriots defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick has been placed on the reserve/suspended list by the team, according to multiple media outlets. Deaderick, a seventh-round draft pick out of Alabama, was active for 10 games this season, including four starts, and had 17 tackles and two sacks. The news was first reported by Mike Reiss of ESPN. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


01/03/2011 - 6:55pm
Rondo, Pierce in Celtics lineup

Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo are in the Celtics starting lineup for their game against the Timberwolves, Doc Rivers said. Rondo returned Sunday after missing seven games with a sprained left ankle and played 34 minutes. Pierce landed awkwardly on his right ankle late in the game. "Everybody's good," Doc Rivers said. "I'm sure Rondo's sore today, but he said he felt pretty good."

Minnesota guard Jonny Flynn, who also has a sprained ankle, is expected to play for Minnesota. He's only played nine games this season after undergoing hip surgery.

 

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics


01/03/2011 - 6:27pm
Pats put Brace on IR, cut Washington

The Patriots announced Monday evening that they have placed defensive lineman Ron Brace on injured reserve with an elbow injury and have released defensive lineman Lorenzo Washington from the practice squad. Brace, 6-foot-3, 330 pounds, originally joined the Patriots as a second round draft pick out of Boston College in 2009. He played in 13 games with five starts in 2010 and finished the season with 28 total tackles. Washington, 6-foot-4 and 296 pounds, joined the New England practice squad on Nov. 3. He was originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a rookie free agent out of Alabama on April 25 and was waived by Dallas on July 29. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
 


01/03/2011 - 5:22pm
Belichick: I don't make any tackles, throws

Speaking during his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Patriots coach Bill Belichick touched on how the importance of preparation is at a new level now that the team is in the postseason. (To listen to the entire interview, click here.)

 

"I think everybody really needs to understand, veterans, rookies or everybody in between, I think everybody really needs to understand what's at stake here," said Belichick, who was coming off his team's 38-7 win over Miami in the regular-season finale, Sunday. "It's single-elimination. One bad play, one mistake, and you're done. That goes for everybody. It doesn't matter who is one the field. Each and every one of us has to understand that, do our best to be prepared and execute to the absolute top level that we can...

01/03/2011 - 2:53pm
Suggs: Bengals taunted me about Brady

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who is well known in New England for his dislike of the Patriots and Tom Brady, apparently also does not like players who admire Brady.

 

Suggs did not receive a penalty for his smack to the head of Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson in Baltimore's 13-7 win Sunday, although the league undoubtedly will take a look at the play. According to Suggs, the reason for his hit was because of what Simpson said about the Patriots quarterback.

 

"He came saying Tom Brady was his favorite quarterback," Suggs said with a laugh. "So, it was instantly beef. It was rap beef, though, it wasn't street beef."

 

On the play leading up to the confrontation, Suggs was demolished on a block by Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, who pushed Suggs back, knocked off his helmet, flattened him and then landed on top of him. While Suggs was on all fours, Simpson picked up Suggs'...

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