FOXBORO — In a meeting with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith on Thursday afternoon, the Patriots voted to decertify the union in case of a lockout.
The decertification process is a routine step in the process to prepare the union for collective bargaining, which is ongoing between the NFL and the NFLPA. Decertification would give the union a chance to sue under antitrust laws if there is a lockout. Without decertification, the union would have to wait six months to file a suit after the collective bargaining agreement expired.
Prior to their meeting with Smith — which included updates about the ongoing labor negotiations between the ownership and the players’ union — Patriots player rep Matt Light talked about Smith’s visit.
“I think it will be good,” Light said. “Anytime you have the leadership here and in place, they’re here to deliver a...
In the latest edition of the WEEI.com NBA Power Rankings, the Lakers remain in the top spot (despite coach Phil Jackson's recent proclamation that the team isn't as good as the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who won an NBA-record 72 games). However, the Celtics were passed for the second spot by the New Orleans Hornets, who are off to a perfect 7-0 start.
Celtics executive president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, said that the health of centers Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal had become something of a concern. Shaquille O'Neal has missed the last five games while recovering from a bruised right knee, while Jermaine O'Neal was sidelined in the second half of this week's contest against the Mavericks due to a left knee injury.
Shaq, Ainge said, is expected to return to the lineup against the Heat on Thursday. Jermaine O'Neal, on the other hand, is expected to remain sidelined. While Ainge did proclaim the health of the two centers a concern, he also said that it was not a complete surprise that the team is managing minutes at the position.
"I think that Jermaine and Shaq are a concern with their health," said Ainge. "I felt like with the four centers we have that we'd be able to make it through the year. I...
Kicker Jeff Reed returned to Steelers' practice on Thursday while DE Brett Keisel, TE Heath Miller and Chris Kemoeatu missed their second straight practice.
Steelers Injury Report for Wednesday:
Did Not Participate
S Will Allen (concussion/illness)
DE Brett Keisel (hamstring)
TE Heath Miller (knee)
G Chris Kemoeatu (knee/ankle)
DE Aaron Smith (triceps)
RB Mewelde Moore (concussion)
RB Isaac Redman (concussion)
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady returned to practice on Thursday but was limited due to a foot injury that kept the quarterback out of practice on Wednesday. Meanwhile, running back Fred Taylor was again limited in practice on Thursday after missing the last five games.
Patriots Injury Report for Thursday:
K Stephen Gostkowski (thigh) OUT
Did Not Participate
S Jarrad Page (calf)
DL Myron Pryor (back)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
DL Mike Wright (groin)
S Patrick Chung (knee)
RB Fred Taylor (toe)
RG Stephen Neal (shoulder)
Patriots DE Chandler Jones spoke about he doesn't really have a problem "avoiding the noise" about "Deflate-gate" since he doesn't watch ESPN or the news, but prefers cartoons like Family Guy. He also talked about the time he played the Seahawks in his rookie year. Although the teams are different, Jones will likely line up opposite Russell Okung, and try to tackle Marshawn Lynch. Keeping contain on Russell Wilson will be important for Jones and Rob Ninkovich.
Patriots WR Julian Edelman told MFB "It just goes to show how smart our coach is, that he would do a full, high-school science experiment." He also spoke about Super Bowl 49 and what the Patriot wide-outs need to do to beat a talented Seattle secondary.
The guys have even more reaction to Deflategate and if this is actually a showdown between Bill and Roger.
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.
Tom Brady joined the show before his trip to Phoenix.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing Belichick's presser Saturday.
Former Panthers GM and current ESPN 730 radio host in Charlotte, Marty Hurney spoke, ambiguously, about a lot of "rumors" he's heard about the New England Patriots, dating back to 2001. He did admit he believes Bill Belichick's assertions during Saturday's press conference.
Saturday Night Live did a cold open featuring actors portraying Greg Gumbel, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Also, the story of Robert Allenby is unraveling quickly.
We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.
We discuss deflategate and move beyond it for some game talk with Tom E Curran of CSNNE
Michael, Jerry and Andy Hart of PFW continue the dialogue and try and find some sanity in this sea of madness.
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.
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