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12/17/2010 - 12:05pm
Pats practice: Hernandez, 3 others miss

FOXBORO -- Rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez was one of four players not spotted at the start of Patriots practice on Friday as the team worked out in sweats and shells on the main stadium field. 

 

Also missing were defensive linemen Mike Wright, Ron Brace and Myron Pryor while Gerard Warren returned after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday. 

 

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


12/17/2010 - 11:45am
Taylor on D&H: 'I'm used to playing'

Patriots running back Fred Taylor made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday morning and said he's trying to be as patient as possible while he waits for his chance to see more action.

 

"It's not the best situation that I've been in throughout my career," he said. "I'm used to playing. I'm used to playing, and I'm used to playing a lot. Right now at this point, that's not what's happening for me for now. But there is a process, and I understand that. Like I tell [son Kelvin]: 'Be patient and continue to chip away.'

 

"For me, it's all in God's plan. There'll be a green light one day. And I'll be ready. That's my thing. Preparation is key for me. I'm ready to go. And as soon as the coaches decide to green-light me and let me go, I'll be more than ready. But right now it's a process and we're going to keep chipping away."

 

Kelvin Taylor, a highly-...

12/17/2010 - 11:40am
Mayo on D&H: Defense has matured

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo checked in with the Dale & Holley show Friday morning and talked about why the Patriots seem to be so far ahead of other teams when it comes to playing in inclement weather.

 

"I think we play well in the snow and bad weather in general," Mayo said. "Coach puts a lot of stress on it in practice, as far as the weather is concerned. He tells us in the morning: 'Whatever the weather is, dress for it and we'll deal with the elements.' Sometimes you'll see him pouring water on the ball to make it a wet ball for rainy games and things like that. He stresses it so much in practice and in the meeting rooms, I think when it actually does happen and the weather comes up, I think we're well-prepared for it."

 

The Patriots defense has had a dramatic reversal of late, going from one of the league's worst defenses (at least statistically) to one that has allowed just 10...

12/17/2010 - 9:44am
Schefter on D&C: Pats' flaws will resurface

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and talked about the Patriots' incredible success of late.

 

"You can't watch them and not be impressed," he said, noting: "They've scored in their last five games 196 points, which is 32 more than the Panthers have scored in 13 games this season."

 

However, Schefter cautioned not to get carried away. "The team looks incredible, but the one thing that I would say … is that these things go in cycles," he said. "And just because in Weeks 12 and 13 you look dominant does not ensure postseason success. I was talking to a head coach yesterday and we were talking about the Patriots and their dominance. And he goes, 'They're not as good as people are making them out to be.' I go, 'No?' And he goes, 'Every team has flaws, and they show up at different times.' The Patriots...

12/17/2010 - 7:16am
Mashup: Artest 'a coward' with Pacers

Ron Artest takes honest introspection to a new level for a professional athlete. Before his Lakers met his former team, the Pacers, on Wednesday, Artest was frank about his immature behavior when he played in Indiana from 2002-06. "A coward, I was a coward," he said. "When you do coward stuff, you feel like a coward. I don't care if it was done intentionally or by mistake, you're still a coward. I don't care how young I was. That's not an excuse."

 

Artest conducted a memorable interview after the Lakers beat the Celtics in Game 7 of the finals in June, when he credited his therapist for keeping him grounded. He further explained Wednesday that he wasn't tough enough to overcome his mental problems during his younger days. "There's no question those [mental-health issues] played a role," he said. "I just wasn't mentally strong enough to deal with adversity, deal with things not going my way, not...

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