Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward left the field after being belted by Patriots safety James Sanders on the final play of the first quarter due to what his team described as a neck injury. Replays made it appear as if Ward was the victim of a helment-to-helment collision with Sanders. His return was described as questionable.
The play was initially ruled a catch, but after the Patriots challenged that ruling, it was determined an incompletion on instant replay. Ward, who has yet to catch a pass in Sunday night's game against the Patriots, owns the third longest streak of consecutive games with a catch in NFL history, having hauled in passes in 186 straight contests, a mark exceeded only by Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison. Ward entered the game with 30 catches for 375 yards on the season.
Cornerback Darius Butler is inactive for the first time this season as the Patriots take the field against the Steelers at Heinz Field. Other inactives include OL Mark LeVoir, OL Stephen Neal, OL Rich Ohrnberger, S Jarrad Page, WR Taylor Price, DL Myron Pryor and RB Fred Taylor.
For Steelers, star linebacker James Harrison will play after being listed as questionable on Saturday with back spasms. But defensive ends Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel are both sidelined with injuries while Charlie Batch is the third quarterback. Safety Will Allen, RB Jonathan Dwyer, Chris Scott, LG Chris Kemoeatu and WR Antonio Brown.
The Celtics completed their road trip with a 116-110 win over the Grizzlies Saturday night in Memphis. The C's out-scored the hosts 17-11 in the extra frame. The game went into overtime after Paul Pierce missed a contested jumper at the buzzer. Leading the C's were Paul Pierce (28 points) and Shaquille O'Neal and Kevin Garnett, who each had 18 points apiece. The Celtics head home with a 3-1 record on their four-game road swing. Rajon Rondo finished with 17 assists, while the Celtics shot 58 percent from the floor. It was the seventh time Rondo has had 15 or more assists, with the rest of the NBA notching just five combined. For more Celtics coverage, see the team page at weei.com/celtics.
Tim Thomas suffered his first loss of the season as the Senators defeated the Bruins, 2-0, at TD Garden on Saturday night behind a shutout from Brian Elliot. With the loss, Thomas is now 8-1-0 in 10 starts this season.
Erik Karlsson scored for the Senators in the first period, getting the puck off a face-off won by Ottawa center Chris Kelly and firing a wrist shot past Tim Thomas. Daniel Alfredsson picked up his seventh goal of the season and made it 2-0 at 4:15 of the third when he took a pass from Milan Michalek and beat Thomas from the bottom of the circle on a bang-bang play.
Patrice Bergeron nearly had the Bruins on the board in the second period with the B's on the power play. A high shot from Bergeron took a funny bounce off Elliot and nearly crossed the goal line. Blake Wheeler dove to tip it in, but accidentally got a glove on it, and the play was called no goal.
The depth of the Patriots roster will be tested Sunday as three players were downgraded Saturday night to out for the game at Heinz Field against the Steelers. Running back Fred Taylor, who returned this week to practice but was limited, will miss his sixth straight game with turf toe. Starting right guard Stephen Neal has been downgraded to out, as has defensive lineman Myron Pryor.
Neal was limited all week in practice with a shoulder injury and will miss his first game of the year. Dan Connolly, who started at left guard with the holdout of Logan Mankins, will likely start for Neal. Pryor missed the entire week and did not practice due to a back injury. The Patriots are already without safety Jarrad Page (calf) - ruled out Friday - and kicker Stephen Gostkowski, placed on season-ending injured reserve on Wednesday with a thigh injury. Shayne Graham will take his place.
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discussing the Patriots getting back to their normal routine now that Media Day is in the past and they're no longer answering Deflategate questions.
Rich Gannon stops by to talk about his 6 days as a New England Patriot and give another QB's perspective of deflate gate.
ESPN's John Brenkus stops by to talk about the science experiments he conducted with regards to deflate gate.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
New York radio personality Joe Beningo sits down with D&C to discuss all the topics surrounding this year's big game.
Florio talks about the latest surrounding the Patriots' handling of footballs. He also reveals that other NFL head coaches are running their own tests on footballs.
Buck talks with Dino, Gerry and Kirk about his trip to media day and his choice to go to Marshawn Lynch's podium.
The best sounds of Christian during the Media Day festivities.
Gordie Gronkowski talks about his son's wild year and tells some stories about raising his sons.
Kurt Warner, NFL Network and former Super Bowl winning QB, spoke with Christian Fauria regarding "Deflategate." He said that he WANTS to believe Tom but after Spygate, he's not so sure. He also said he wants to believe that nothing fishy happened during Super Bowl 36, but he can't ignore the recent developments.
We talk about four of our favorite Super Bowls (We only chose one Pats Super Bowl)
Dale and Michael talk to John Brenkus about the tests he did in relation to deflate gate and the conclusions he came to.
Rich Gannon tells the story of when he got drafted by the Patriots and gives his view of deflate gate.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.More from this show
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.More from this show