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12/31/2010 - 2:21pm
Rondo not playing against Hornets

Despite being listed on the active roster for the Celtics' game against New Orleans Friday afternoon, Rajon Rondo will not play, according to Celts' coach Doc Rivers. "He's just not ready to play," Rivers said. "He's close, though. He's getting better. He'll be back soon. Maybe the next game or game after. We just don't know yet, but he's getting closer."

 

Rondo has missed six games since spraining his left ankle on Dec. 15 in New York. During that span the Celtics have gone 4-2. For more Celtics news, check the Celtics' team page at weei.com/celtics.


12/31/2010 - 1:18pm
Mayo hit with $10K fine for Bills hits

FOXBORO -- Jerod Mayo acknowledged Thursday that he was informed by the NFL that he would be fined for a hit during the Patriots' 34-3 rout of Buffalo last Sunday. On Friday, the NFL informed him how much but not why.

 

The NFL fined the Patriots Pro Bowl linebacker $10,000 for one of two - or both - second-quarter crushing hits of Bills wide receivers Steve Johnson and Dave Nelson.

 

Mayo nailed Johnson on a fourth-and-12 pass over the middle, breaking up the pass. He then drilled Nelson on a second-down pass attempt. Nelson stayed on the ground and left the field woozy. Both later returned to the game. Mayo leads the NFL with 169 tackles.

 

For more visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is.


12/31/2010 - 12:31pm
King on D&H: Pats should play Hoyer

Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports checked in for his weekly Patriots Friday appearance on the Dale & Holley show with guest hosts Chris Price and Eric Frede.

 

King lauded the Patriots for the turnaround in Foxboro this season, crediting Bill Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio. Said King: "It's an amazing job by this organization. … I think it's a tremendous tribute to Belichick."

 

Asked if Caserio will receive attention around the league for his contributions, King wasn't so sure, due to the fact that the Patriots protect him so well. "Nobody knows who he is," King said. "He's under a rock. I've never met the guy."

 

King said the Patriots would do well to give Tom Brady extra time on the bench Sunday vs. Miami, mainly to see what they have behind him. "I just think it's smart if you have a good picture of...

12/31/2010 - 12:15pm
Pats practice: Hernandez, 3 others miss

FOXBORO -- One day after returning to practice from a hip injury, Aaron Hernandez was not spotted at the open portion of Patriots practice Friday outside Gillette Stadium. Also missing were Dan Connolly, Mike Wright and Ron Brace.

 

Hernandez was limited on Thursday while Connolly and Wright have been out with concussions. Brace suffered an elbow injury against the Bills on Sunday and has missed practice all week. The team practice on the lower grass field outside Gillette in very mild, sunny conditions. 

 

The Patriots look to finish the season 14-2 for the third time in the last 10 years with a win over the Dolphins in the regular-season finale at Gillette on Sunday. Bill Belichick will become the first coach in NFL history with four seasons of at least 14 wins with a victory. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots.


12/31/2010 - 11:42am
Taylor on D&H: 'Be realistic' about future

Patriots running back Fred Taylor joined guest hosts Chris Price and Eric Frede for his regular appearance on the Dale & Holley show as part of WEEI's Patriots Friday.

 

Taylor was featured in a Boston Globe story this week, and in it he talked about his future in the league after an injury-plagued 2010 season.

 

"I have been considering retirement since about Year 8 or 9," he said. "I said, 'Well, when I make it to 10, I'll shut it down.' But good things continue to happen for me, and my motivation was 1) to try and make the Pro Bowl, after all those years of being snubbed. Another thing is to try and win the championship.

 

"I just kept going in the offseason, trying to recommit myself and rededicate myself to the game. And then when I got around the younger guys, the inspiration came from the camaraderie and competing against old guys in the offseason workouts and trying to...

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