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02/03/2012 - 4:58pm
Pats finish practice week with walkthrough

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Patriots put the capper on their week of practices in Indianapolis with an hour-long walkthrough at Colts’ team headquarters on Friday.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski took part in the session -- wearing a “Yo Soy Fiesta” t-shirt -- on a limited basis. According to pool reporter Alex Marvez, the session never saw the players run faster than a trot while executing plays. Gronkowski, who was dressed in gray sweatpants and gray sneakers, moved without a limp as the Patriots executed their offensive plays.

“He practiced yesterday. He didn’t do anything today,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said of Gronkowski. “We’ll see where he’s at on Sunday, but hopefully (he’ll play). I saw no setbacks. He’s still making progress.”

A bulk of the session was given over to special teams work, as Belichick worked as an offensive lineman on punts, trying to...

02/03/2012 - 4:38pm
Gronkowski officially questionable (ankle)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was limited in practice on Friday because of his ankle, and is officially listed as "questionable" for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Giants. Here's the complete report:

Questionable
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle -- limited participation)
S Patrick Chung (knee -- limited participation)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb -- limited participation)
TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle -- limited participation)
DL Kyle Love (ankle -- limited participation)
G Logan Mankins (knee -- limited participation)
LB Rob Ninkovich (hip -- limited participation)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee -- limited participation)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (flu/back/foot -- limited participation)
WR Wes Welker (knee -- limited participation)
LB Tracy White (abdomen -- limited participation)

Probable
WR Deion Branch (knee -- full...

02/03/2012 - 4:11pm
UConn's Calhoun takes medical leave

UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun, fighting a lower back issue, will take an indefinite medical leave of absence, the school announced Friday.

Calhoun, 70, has been suffering from spinal stenosis for several months.

"Last summer, Jim had some significant back pain and has seen two excellent back specialists," said Dr. Peter Schulman, Calhoun's primary care doctor. "The initial approach recommended to him was stretching, physical therapy and exercise, and that was successful for several months. It turns out that there is some degenerative problem in the lumbar vertebrae and it's impinging on the nerves."

Associate head coach George Blaney will lead the team in Calhoun's absence. Blaney, the former Holy Cross head coach, also filled on during Calhoun's NCAA suspenion earlier this season.


02/03/2012 - 3:55pm
Vinatieri: No surprise Pats in Super Bowl

Former Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri, now the kicker for the Colts, suggested in an interview on The Big Show that it comes as no surprise to see the Patriots in their fifth Super Bowl in 11 years. He suggested that the organizational infrastructure is such that success is a likely outcome.

"I am not amazed. They have a great organization. Obviously, [owner Robert Kraft] does everything in his power to make sure the team has got what they need to win," said Vinatieri, who kicked for the Patriots from 1996 to 2005 before signing with the Colts and spending the last six years in Indianapolis. "Bill Belichick is, in my opinion, probably the greatest football coach. I can't say that I've ever played for Chuck Noll, [Vince] Lombardi, but in this modern day era, I don't think there's anyone better out there. When you've got guys like Tom Brady playing quarterback, you're going to win a lot of games with that setup. So no, it doesn't...

02/03/2012 - 1:46pm
King on M&M: 'Excited' Giants have edge

Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports NFL expert Peter King checked in with Mut & Merloni Friday to preview the Super Bowl.

"I'm picking the Giants, I'm picking them 23-20, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Patriots won the game," King said. "But I would be surprised if one of the two teams played poorly. I just can't see it. They're too evenly matched."

King said the Giants are a very, very excited team that loves to practice and appears much looser than previous teams coached by noted disciplinarian Tom Coughlin.

"They're laughing, they're having a great time," King said. "It isn't sort of your father's Tom Coughlin-coached team."

King's other observation from Giants practice this week is that Eli Manning appears to be peaking at the right time.

"Eli Manning is sharp," King said. "Eli Manning is a better thrower of the football than I thought he was. … He...

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