FOXBORO -- Safety Patrick Chung (foot) and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot) were the only two players missing from the start of Patriots' practice on Thursday afternoon on the upper fields behind Gillette. Chung and Vollmer were also the only two missing from Wednesday's practice -- Chung hasn't played since injuring his right foot on Nov. 6 against the Giants while Vollmer has missed the last two games since injuring his right foot on Nov. 27 at Philadelphia.
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Paul Pierce has missed most of the team's practices with a sore right heel and Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Pierce won't play in Sunday's exhibition game against Toronto.
"Paul will be out until probably around Monday," Rivers said. "[Trainer] Eddie [Lacerte] said he could possibly play but why take the chance going from no practice to playing in an exhibition game? We’re probably going to leave him back."
Guard Rajon Rondo has been dealing with a sore right ankle, but Rivers said he wasn't sure yet if Rondo will play against the Raptors. It will likely depend on whether he is able to participate in the team's scrimmage on Friday.
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Jeff Green still isn't practicing with the team and the Celtics say they will know more about the results of his physical on Friday afternoon. "He’s completing all tests and results and we should know more [Friday] afternoon," team president Danny Ainge said. "Everything. We’ll wait until then to give you guys all that information."
Asked if the results from his physical were in, Ainge said that they were but when asked whether there was good news or bad news, Ainge said, "It’s all based on perspective. I really don’t want to talk about that. It's not fair for me to share Jeff's information with you right now."
Green said on Tuesday that the holdup with his physical was related to a stress test. He was obviously concerned about getting back on the floor after signing a one-year deal. His coach is as well.
"I’ll give you guys more [Friday] for sure but I’ve been around...
Celtics coach Doc Rivers appeared on the Dennis and Callahan Show Thursday. Rivers was asked about the compacted 66-game NBA schedule, which could be a problem for a Boston team featuring veterans Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
"Listen, the last four years we started out great," said Rivers. "I think if they had stopped the season after 30 games we'd have won four championships in a row. Unfortunately, we don't, and so the first thought for us going into the season is that we have to finish the season. Obviously, what's happened is injuries. We get into a season and injuries happen and we can't finish the year. Last year was a great example of that, we just didn't finish the year. So with 66 games, the only thought going in is that you are going to need more guys to play, you're going to have to deeper into your rotation and then every single coach is going to have to be a master manager of rest and time."
Speaking on a conference call with reporters Thursday morning, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said that while there is no certainty newly-acquired reliever Mark Melancon would be the team's closer, there is a possibility he could slide into that role.
"We believe he is definitely capable of closing and capable of pitching in the ninth inning," Cherington said of the 26-year-old righty. "Those are questions that [Red Sox manager] Bobby [Valentine], with help from his pitching coach in spring training, will answer and figure out the right roles for everyone."
Cherington talked about the impetus for trading pitcher Kyle Weiland and infielder Jed Lowrie for Melancon, who saved 20 games for the Astros after taking over the closers role in May.
"We really liked his stuff, and had liked his stuff back to his college days at Arizona," Cherington said. "We feel like the second half of the...
Giardi and Price discuss the mega deal that CB Josh Norman signed with Washington and if he is worth it. They also relate it to the Pats and Malcolm Butler. Does the Norman deal mean that Butler is about to cash in and will the Pats go along for the ride? This leads to a discussion on other players the Patriots need to extend very soon.
Danny Vitale, the SuperBack - a fullback/TE hybrid type - joins GIardi and Price on NFL Sunday to discuss the process of entering the NFL Draft, the combine and interviewing with various NFL teams including your New England Patriots.
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The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia after he had a two home run game, one of which was a grand slam that propelled the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves
We sit down with the Skipper of the Sox, manager John Farrell joins Dale, Holley and Thornton for his weekly visit.
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 calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.
After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.
Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.
We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.
We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.
We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.
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