FOXBORO -- The Patriots fielded a fairly healthy squad for the start of practice on Thursday outside Gillette Stadium. Only offensive lineman Dan Connolly and interior defensive linemen Ron Brace and Mike Wright were missing from practice on the lower practice field.
Connolly and Wright are both dealing with the effects of concussions while Brace is nursing an elbow injury.
The team worked out in sweats and shells in the full practice, after an extended walkthrough inside the Dana Farber Field House on Wednesday. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is.
FOXBORO -- Despite suffering a severe injury to his left knee in the 2009 season finale, Wes Welker says he has no intention of sitting out to avoid another similar situation this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.
"I say I'm here to play football and that's what I get paid to do, and I love playing," Welker said. "No matter what's at stake or what the deal is, I want to play. I know people are probably thinking different about that but I don't worry about other stuff. Whatever Coach Belichick decides for me, that's what I'm going to do. I'm always ready to play."
Welker injured the knee against the Houston Texans at midfield, on a grass field that was in questionable condition. He was unavailable for the playoff game against Baltimore, which the Patriots lost at home, 33-14. Welker had reconstructive surgery on his ACL and MCL shortly thereafter and came back to start this...
On his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, Celtics coach Doc Rivers expressed optimism about the health of Kevin Garnett, but added that he will know more later Thursday after Garnett has an MRI. Garnett suffered a leg injury Wednesday night in the first quarter against the Pistons. There was no contact on the play, which fueled fears that Garnett had possibly reinjured his surgically-repaired right knee. The team thinks that the injury was related to a muscle, and not his knee, however.
"I can't tell you much more than what you know already," Rivers said. "He's going to do more tests today. We do think it's muscle-related. We don't think it has anything to do with the knee, but we don't know. So we're going to wait and see." Rivers added, "I think we're in good shape here, but you just never know. I'm just going to wait for the MRI. I should know by mid-afternoon."
Our look at the top stories of 2010 continues Thursday with No. 2: The Celtics' memorable playoff run and loss to the Lakers in the NBA finals. Check out Paul Flannery's recap of the C's 2010 postseason and his analysis of what it meant to the organization. And visit WEEI.com Friday to see the year's No. 1 story.
Also, make sure to cast your vote for the Boston Athlete of the Year. With two days remaining to vote, Tom Brady has moved into a healthy lead ahead of Patriots teammate Wes Welker, with Celtics guard Rajon Rondo holding the third spot.
Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was fined $50,000 Wednesday for failing to cooperate with a league investigation into his alleged inappropriate text messages to Jets hostess Jenn Sterger. Sterger's attorney, Joseph Conway, responded with a statement indicating the NFL was protecting one of its stars when it claimed that there was no conclusive evidence that Favre sent the texts in question.
"There was ample evidence to show that the sexually explicit photographs were part of Favre's inappropriate behavior," Conway said. "Our evidence clearly showed that the photos were sent by Favre."
Added Conway: "It clearly shows that an NFL star player was given preferential treatment and tells all other players that failure to cooperate may cost you some money but will not result in other punishment. [Wednesday's] decision is an affront to all females and shows once again that, despite tough talk, the NFL...
Greg and Chris talk more offseason happenings with the Pats and their plans. They talk about some of the free agents toward the bottom of the list with Stevan Ridley and Dan Connolly. Price thinks that Connolly could end up back with the Pats and Ridley elsewhere (Cowboys?), but Greg thinks they both could be back. They also chat about the departure of VInce Wilfork and what he meant to the organization, the re-signing of McCourty and more.
The very first airing of the offseason edition of NFL Sunday gets underway with Greg and Chris delving into the free agency period and how the Pats made out. Of course they lost Revis to the Jets, but what else went on? Greg isn't over the loss of Revis yet and the guys discuss what went into that whole ordeal. Price is looking forward to the additions of Chandler and Cadet. They also get a call from Mike Petraglia and get his thoughts on the Pats offseason moves.
We talk to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News about his column today which basically accuses the Patriots of sour grapes for asking the league to enforce their own rules against tampering.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase kick off this weeks show by talking to Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly about his biceps recovery, getting ready for the season and his NCAA brackets. They then talk about the Red Sox depth at closer with Koji Uehara questionable for the start of the season.
Jack Edwards of NESN joins Dale, Michael and Jerry. With 9 games left the Bruins don't have much if any margin of error, and Jack knows it.
DJ, Joe and Pete talk more playoff scenarios in hour 2 and if the Bruins can get in, they'll be a very dangerous team... to the point where DJ thinks teams would much rather face the Senators and are doing their best to oust the Bruins from the equation. It's become apparent now more than ever that Chiarelli probably needed to pull the trigger on a deal for a defenseman at the trade deadline. Also. Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun joins the boys to discuss the Hamburglar and the Senators and Bruins being neck-and-neck for a playoff spot.
With the Senators hot on the tail of the Bruins for a spot in the playoffs, Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun calls into Sunday Skate. He talks about "the Hamburglar" craze sweeping through the league as goalie Andrew Hammond has really stepped up for Ottawa. They discuss playoff chances, the fans' reaction in Ottawa and more.
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The great Lisa Scherber joined us to discuss today's trip to Fort Myers with 46 Jimmy Fund patients.
D&C's favorite author joined the show to discuss his new book.
We hear more audio from Christian's day between the pipes. He did his best to try and intimidate the small children shooting on him.
After Christian gave away his children's dog, we find out that Lola eventually found a better home.
During the recess of the Aaron Hernandez murder trial, Ted Daniel describes the first half of Shayana Jenkins testimony.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss David Ortiz's self-penned piece which took on such topics as steroids, the media, his contract and more. And we get into a back and forth about the fan perception of him in Boston, and why he can be so polarizing at times, even with the on-field track record he has.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss some of the testimony from Aaron Hernandez' fiancee, and try and judge how her words might change the outcome of this case.
Dale and Michael talk Bruins after they managed to snatch defeat from the claws of victory and blow a late game lead to the Anaheim Ducks. With the playoffs still in question, the Bruins need more efforts like that, and more luck.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
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Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
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