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01/18/2013 - 1:21pm
Perfect attendance for Pats inside Gillette

FOXBORO — The Patriots had perfect attendance inside Gillette Stadium on Friday as they continued preparations for their AFC championship showdown with the Ravens Sunday evening in Foxboro.

Rob Gronkowski was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Thursday with a broken left arm, leaving the Patriots roster at 52 players. All 52 were bundled up in heavy sweats and shells on Friday on a bitterly cold but sunny day at Gillette.

The Patriots listed only Chandler Jones (ankle) as limited in practice on Thursday, with the remaining 51 players fully participating.

For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots. WEEI-FM 93.7 will broadcast the AFC Championship game between the Patriots and Ravens on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.


01/18/2013 - 10:54am
Welker: I 'know a tough guy when I see one'

FOXBORO — Wes Welker isn’t about to be intimidated – on Sunday’s stage or any stage for that matter.

Goodness knows, people have tried.

There was the Ryan Clark hit in the Steelers game at Gillette in 2008. There have been numerous attempts by the Jets and Dolphins over the last five seasons. There was a big hit delivered by Texans safety Glover Quin in the second quarter of last week’s game at Gillette Stadium.

Still, no one has succeeded in keeping Welker from standing up to punishment and running routes over the middle. He even has a shiner this week thanks to the punishment from last week’s game.

But ask Welker if anyone intimidates him, and he laughs at you the same way he laughs at the defense trying to punish him.

“Intimidate me?” Welker replied Thursday when asked the question.

The reporter...

01/18/2013 - 10:24am
Report: Lombardi joins Browns as VP

NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi, who was scheduled to conduct his weekly interview with WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning, instead apparently was wrapping up his final interview with the Browns. According to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Lombardi was named the team’s vice president of player personnel.

Lombardi previoulsy worked in player personnel for the Browns from 1987-95, serving alongside then-Browns coach Bill Belichick from 1991-95. He also has worked for the Raiders, Eagles, Rams and 49ers.

Earlier this month, the Browns hired Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski to be their next coach.


01/18/2013 - 10:21am
Victorino on Te'o: 'Who knows the truth?'

Speaking on WEEI’s Hot Stove Show on Thursday night, Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino offered some brief thoughts on the recent controversy surrounding Notre Dame linebacker (and fellow Hawaiian) Manti Te’o.

“To be honest with you, I’m not going to have any comment on that situation. It’s an unfortunate situation. The truth is still to be told. … I’m going to touch upon that when things are done. People are going to speculate,” Victorino said. “For me, ultimately, people have to understand, and I look at it this way, it’s about the game of football. He’s still a great football player. Who knows the truth? I don’t know the truth. Again, my comment is I really have nothing to say about it until we figure it out and someone comes forward and really says what really happened.”

Victorino — who has formed a...

01/18/2013 - 10:06am
KG, Rondo named All-Star starters

Celtics Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo earned starting spots in the NBA All-Star Game and will take the floor for the Eastern Conference alongside some bitter rivals: Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.

Garnett held off Heat forward Chris Bosh, who implored his Twitter followers to vote for him but fell about 25,000 votes short. Garnett ties Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal for second place all-time with 15 All-Star appearances (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has 19).

Bryant was the leading vote-getter, with 1,591,437, in earning his NBA-record 15th consecutive starting bid. He...

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