FOXBORO -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was not spotted at the open portion of practice on Wednesday, the first day of on-field preparation for the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday night at Heinz Field.
In addition to Brady, Jarrad Page (calf), James Sanders and Myron Pryor were also absent. Running back Fred Talor (toe) and safety Patrick Chung (knee) did return to practice. For Taylor, it was the first time he has been spotted in several weeks on the field with the team. He suffered ligament and tendon injuries in his toe during the win over Buffalo on Sept. 26 and has missed the five games since. Chung injured his knee in the win over San Diego on Oct. 24 and has missed the last two games.
The team practiced on the upper practice fields on Wednesday.
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FOXBORO -- The Patriots may be getting back one of their most physical player at the best time as Fred Taylor said the ligament in his injured toe is feeling a lot better.
"In this particular case, it was some tendons and ligaments and lot of other stuff. I guess that's the reason for me being out the time I was out," Taylor said Wednesday before practice. "I'm actually a lot better. So, I'm looking forward to just trying to improve, continue to improve and get back, whenever that is.
"I don't want you guys [media] to jump too far ahead and say, 'Oh, Taylor is coming back this week.' I'm not sure. We're going to start slow and go from there and see how it feels."
Former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell joined the Dale & Holley show on Wednesday to talk about his new stint as Blue Jays manager, and how he plans to use free agency in organizing his new clubhouse.
Farrell was drawn to the Blue Jays job because of the strengths of the team, its core group of young players, and the attraction of competing in the American League East. “I think it is the strongest division in baseball,” Farrell said, “and to go up against those teams a third of the time, between New York, Boston and Tampa, that’s a challenge that was relished, not run away from.”
A smaller payroll than some of those other AL East teams is something that Farrell is unconcerned about when it comes to working with the Blue Jays. While payrolls may differ around the league, each team still has the ability and opportunity to go out and compete for a World Series. “I think what it...
NESN and NBC Sports hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance with the Dale & Holley show Wednesday and talked about the Bruins' game on Wednesday night vs. the Penguins and instigator Matt Cooke.
Milbury said the Bruins aren't likely to spend much time focusing on Cooke. "No, they've got other things to worry about right now," Milbury said, although he added that the Bruins will be "much more willing to answer the bell if he rings it."
Added Milbury: "I'm not big on the staged thing or the planned vengeance. I mean, it's a hockey game, after all. They got their pound of flesh, or at least some of it, maybe a half-pound with [Shawn] Thornton last year. Get over it, play the game. They've got a couple of injuries, they've got other things to worry about right now. They're playing two tough teams back to back. They've got to get some points on the board while they're waiting for...
FOXBORO — The Patriots announced via their Twitter feed late Wednesday morning that they have placed kicker Stephen Gostkowski on season-ending injured reserve with a thigh injury. Gostkowski, a fourth-round pick of the Patriots in 2006, was injured last Sunday against the Browns. To take his place, New England will sign free agent kicker Shayne Graham. Graham is a 32-year-old who has kicked for Buffalo, Carolina, Cincinnati, Baltimore and the New York Giants. He was 23-for-28 with the Bengals in 2009, and was most recently in New York, spending two days with the Giants when kicker Lawrence Tynes had an ankle injury.
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Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
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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.
Gerry and Kirk breakdown Kirk's confrontation with the competition.
Doyel knows the Patriots fixed the AFC title game and they now belong in the same sentence as the 1919 White Sox.
Tomase talks about being embedded with the Seahawks and the festivities at the WEEI dinner.
Dan Dakich needs security to go back into Iowa and Bills head coach Rex Ryan greenflies Christian.
Devin McCourty's twin brother Jason joined the program to preview the Super Bowl and discuss Devin's plans as a free agent
Former St Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk joins the show to talk about past Patriot cheating scandals and previews the Pats v Seahawks.
For today's four at four we elect our own inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Did Ty Law make it?
Monday Night Football host Mike Tirico stops by to preview the Super Bowl and give us his analysis of Russell Wilson.
Former player and coach Herm Edwards stops by to preview the Super Bowl and explain how to slow down Russell Wilson.
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.
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Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
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