FOXBORO -- Patriots offensive lineman Brian Waters played with safety Bernard Pollard when the two were teammates on the Chiefs in 2008. That year, the Chiefs traveled to Foxboro for the season opener and in the first quarter, Pollard broke through the offensive line and lunged at Tom Brady's left knee and hit him with his helmet. That hit tore ligaments in Brady's knee that immediately ended Brady's season, as the Patriots missed the playoffs.
Now, Pollard returns as a starting strong safety for the Ravens, who play the Patriots Sunday for the AFC championship at Gillette Stadium, scene of the infamous injury of Sept. 2008.
"If you know Bernard, you know there wasn't much [regret] for him," Waters said. "He took pride in the fact he was able to get a hit on Tom and he's not going to live that down one way or the other. He's a guy who takes pride in putting hits on people, being physical. So, he's never going to back...
FOXBORO -- After missing Wednesday's practice to nurse his sore left shoulder, Tom Brady said Thursday morning he would return to practice and be ready to continue preparations for the Ravens in the AFC championship this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots continue preparations on the lower practice field outside Gillette.
"I'll be out there today so you don't have to worry about that," Brady said with a smile. Brady tied an NFL postseason record last Saturday night with six touchdown passes, including an NFL-record five TD passes in the first half.
Brady has received several days off from practice on Wednesdays in the second half of the season.
"It's not the first practice I've missed over the years," Brady laughed.
Sunday's game will be on Sportsradio WEEI 93.7 FM.
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After watching Rajon Rondo leave the game with a sore right wrist in the Celtics' win over Toronto Wednesday night at TD Garden, Celts coach Doc Rivers talked on the Dennis & Callahan Show about what life would be like without the point guard.
"No. Not for long-term," said Rivers when asked if the Celtics could survive without Rondo. "Obviously for short-term you could probably make-shirt and still win games. But you don't replace Rondo or any of the great players. They're irreplaceable. That's why they're great."
Rivers reiterated that the Celtics have been playing catch-up in regard to conditioning, with a chunk of the team coming into training camp out of shape due to the lockout.
"The facts are the facts. Physically more than mentally," said Rivers...
Former Ravens quarterback Brian St. Pierre joined the Dennis & Callahan Show to discuss the AFC Championship matchup of the Patriots and Ravens on Sunday. St. Pierre said that Baltimore's only hope is to get consistent pressure on New England quarterback Tom Brady. If the Ravens fail to accomplish that, he suggested, the Pats could win in a blowout.
"You’ve got to hit Tom Brady if you’re Baltimore. ... It’s incumbent on the Ravens to get pressure on Tom," said St. Pierre. "Two or three years ago, absolutely they can. I don’t think they’re playing at the level, Baltimore that is, that they have in the past, so that is a big challenge. I do think they have matchups that can give New England fits. ... [But] if you’re a Patriots fan and you see Tom Brady sitting there patting the ball, you’re going to be in for a good day. You can probably shut that game off at halftime if he has time to throw....
Running back LaDainian Tomlinson went on Showtime's "Inside the NFL" and talked about how the Jets struggled with internal strife during their 8-8 season. In the interview that aired Wednesday night, LT said the relationship between quarterback Mark Sanchez and receiver Santonio Holmes was especially poor, and it helped create a fractured locker room.
"It is as bad as I've ever been around, honestly," Tomlinson said. "And I've been around some locker rooms and quarterback-receiver situations and what-not. But it was as bad as I've been around."
Tomlinson assessed the blame for the poor chemistry on the guys who built the team: the general manager and coach.
"This is the type of football team that they wanted," said Tomlinson, the NFL's fifth-leading rusher. "Mike Tannenbaum, Rex Ryan are both brash, in-your-face type of style -- say whatever you want, just get it done on the field. And then it...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
Deflategate rage explodes on the guys. They argue whether Brady is dragging it out or he should defend his innocence and the callers get in on the action.More from this show
Mike and Rob discuss how OTAs are not the forum to make decisions on the future of the team and how fans on Twitter can't accept that. They also get into the contract situations for Malcolm Butler and Dont'a Hightower.More from this show