FOXBORO -- The Patriots will be without starting left guard Logan Mankins and strong safety Patrick Chung for their game against the Jets Sunday afternoon at Gillette.
Chung's absence leaves the Patriots without their top two starting safeties as Steve Gregory was ruled out on Friday with a hip injury.
Chung (shoulder) practiced all week but was limited while Mankins (calf/hip) practice on Wednesday and Friday but was limited. Also out for the game are Brandon Bolden (knee), linebacker Tracy White (foot), defensive end Jake Bequette and defensive lineman Ron Brace (back).
For the Jets, running back Bilal Powell, defensive linemen Sione Po'uha and Kenrick Ellis and defensive back Eric Smith were all ruled out Saturday night. Back-up quarterback Greg McElroy, receiver Clyde Gates and offensive lineman Caleb Schlauderaff are also inactive.
The Patriots do get rookie linebacker Dont'a Hightower back for the first time...
John Farrell, in a press release announcing his acquisition from the Blue Jays by the Red Sox and a subsequent three-year contract to manage the team through 2015, expressed enthusiasm for his return to the city where he spent four years as a pitching coach from 2007-10.
"I’m extremely excited to be returning to the Red Sox and to Boston," Farrell said in the release. "I love this organization. It’s a great franchise in a special city and region, with great fans, and we want nothing more than to reward their faith in us."
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According to multiple industry sources familiar with the deal, the Red Sox will receive right-hander David Carpenter from the Blue Jays in return for infielder Mike Aviles in order to complete the compensation deal related to the Red Sox' acquisition of John Farrell as manager. Carpenter, 27, is 1-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 67 appearances over the last two years with the Astros and Blue Jays, along with 60 strikeouts and 29 walks in 60 innings.
The right-hander was selected as a catcher in the 12th round of the 2006 draft by the Cardinals, who converted him to relief. He was traded to the Astros in 2010 in exchange for Pedro Feliz. This summer, he went from Houston to Toronto as part of a 10-person trade between the two clubs. Carpenter made just three appearances in the big leagues with the Jays, allowing 10 runs (nine earned) in 2 2/3 innings.
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Mike Aviles, whom the Red Sox are sending to the Blue Jays as compensation for the acquisition of manager John Farrell, offered his reaction to the news via twitter on Sunday: Wanna thank #RedSoxNation for all the support, great city, team and fans! Loved my time there but now it's time for a new chapter! #gojays
Aviles was acquired by the Red Sox just prior to the July 31 trade deadline in 2011, as Boston got him from Kansas City in exchange for utility infielder Yamaico Navarro (subsequently traded to the Pirates) and minor league pitcher Kendal Volz (since retired). Aviles played 136 games for the Sox in 2012 as the team's primary starting shortstop, hitting .250 with a .282 OBP, .381 slugging mark and .663 OPS while playing solid defense.
Meanwhile, pitcher Jon Lester expressed his enthusiasm for the return to Boston of Farrell, who was Lester's pitching coach from 2007-10. Welcome back John!! Can't wait to get back...
FOXBORO -- The Patriots have revolutionized offense in the NFL with their hurry-up, no-huddle offense this year.
Now their chief rival in the AFC East wants the NFL to take a closer look at the legality of the scheme.
ESPN reports the Jets contacted the league about their concern over the offense, asking game officials to ensure proper enforcement of substitution rules when the Patriots switch to their no-huddle. The defense is allowed to substitute if the offense makes a substitution. The Jets claim the Broncos were caught several times against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 7 because the rule wasn't consistently enforced.
"We have already talked to the league office and Rex [Ryan] will be in the ref's ear about this all game," a member of the Jets' coaching staff told ESPN's Sal...
Glenn Ordway and Fred Smerlas talk with Cornerback Malcolm Butler in the lockerroom after the Patriots handily beat the Pittsburgh to advance to Super Bowl 51.
Fauria calls the boys to give his take on the game today and why he sees a Patriots victory on the horizon - although he says he's getting more and more nervous as kickoff approaches. He gets into the match-ups, "fire alarm-gate", how the Steelers D will approach the Pats - zone or man, and more.
The boys chat about the importance of the versatility of Dont'a Hightower and his impact on the Pats D throughout his career but especially this season.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
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.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
Hour 4. Kirk and Gerry discuss how players from bad teams can come to New England and win.
Hour 2. Albert challenges Kirk and Gerry. Headlines with Kirk covers the Women's March.
Tim Hasselbeck joins the show.
Old Friend Tim Benz joins OMF, and while they regale tales of dysfunction, Benz manages to predict that the Patriots will win Sunday.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian enjoy the festivities ahead of the Inauguration, and give their predictions for Patriots-Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian love how Bill Belichick reacts to the plethora of stupid questions he receives from the Media during his Press Conferences.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe spend the day discussing the AFC Championship.
We close out the work week with the best sound clips of the day.
We check in with hall of famer Michael Irvin to find out what happened to his Dallas Cowboys and look at the remaining playoff match-ups.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap a Patriots Monday after a Patriots AFC Title game win and a Tom Brady appearance with Kirk & Gerry.
Uncle Buck, George from S**t Pats Fans Say, and Jerry Thornton talk about the Patriots history in the AFC Championship game, the big wins, the bad losses, and what it will take for the Pats to win another AFC Championship game.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the K&C week after a Friday show with Kirk, Mut and Ben Volin in studio.
Tom Brady joins the show the morning after winning the AFC championship for the seventh time. Brady talks about the upcoming Super Bowl and his call to President Donald Trump.More from this show
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Hour 4. Bill Belichick holds his Friday press conference while Mut and Kirk try and play a game. Mut has a big announcement. Gerry calls in from the Inauguration on his crystal-clear cell phone.More from this show
Hour 1. The Patriots are going to the Super Bowl, which means Kirk and Gerry are going to Houston. Tom Brady joins the show.More from this show
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