FOXBORO -- A pair of offensive tackles were missing at the start of Patriots practice on Friday as Marcus Cannon and Sebastian Vollmer were not spotted on the upper grass fields. The Patriots worked in sweats and shells as they continued preparing for the Redskins this Sunday at FedEx Field.
Vollmer has missed practice ever since injuring his right foot against the Eagles on Nov. 27 in Philadelphia. Cannon, a cancer survivor, has been active and in the lineup since making his NFL debut on Nov. 21 against the Chiefs. Friday marked his first absence since being cleared to join the team in workouts.
The Patriots have been battling depth issues along the offensive line all season, as Cannon filled in for the injured Vollmer last Sunday.
Rookie running back Stevan Ridley returned to practice on Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday for a personal matter. For more, visit the Patriots team page at...
The Celtics will reportedly acquire Brandon Bass from the Magic in a sign-and-trade with Glen Davis, per Yahoo! Sports. Bass and Davis were teammates for one season at LSU and are somewhat similar players in that they are both power forwards with perimeter offensive games who are sometimes forced to defend centers on defense. But Bass is a better shooter and more athletic than Davis.
Bass averaged 11 points and 5.6 rebounds while starting 51 games for Orlando last season and he's a solid outside shooter, especially from 16-23 feet. The Celtics bench is beginning to take shape with Keyon Dooling, Marquis Daniels and Bass, who has a player option for next season at $4 million. Davis was believed to be looking for a deal in that range.
NBA trades cannot be announced until 2 p.m. The Herald also reported the move.
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Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference checked in with Dennis & Callahan Friday morning for his weekly conversation, and he spent some time talking about the Tyler Seguin situation. The 19-year-old forward was held out of Tuesday night's game in Winnipeg for oversleeping and missing a team breakfast meeting that morning.
Ference was asked why he, as assistant captain, or one of the other veterans didn't make sure Seguin was awake and in attendance.
"By the time we have a meeting, everybody pretty much scatters [beforehand] and you're there for meeting time," Ference said. "So, either you're there or you're not when the meeting starts. There's usually not roll call until right when it's supposed to start."
Seguin messed up, but Ference indicated the situation should not be overblown.
"It was a real honest mistake," Ference said. "Actually, a few guys were having trouble with their Blackberrys. The...
Jets coach Rex Ryan has taken some heat for his underachieving team this season, but Ryan remains as confident as ever. Talking to the New York Daily News' Mike Lupica, Ryan was asked about the Patriots, who lead the 7-5 Jets by two games in the AFC East.
Said Ryan: "I feel we're gonna play them again, and I’m excited about that. Even when we got our doors blown off, 45-3, last season, I wanted to play ’em again. I meant it then, I mean it now. We WANT to play them. No question we want to play them.”
The Patriots, Steelers and Ravens are considered the class of the AFC, but Ryan stated: "We can beat all those teams. ... If we get in [the playoffs], look out."
Ryan also talked about his overall approach to the job since he arrived from Baltimore, and how he needed to change the attitude...
The Giants and Cowboys have been engaging in a war of words leading up to Sunday night's game. On Wednesday, Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins called trash-talking Giants running back Brandon Jacobs "a bully." The 6-foot-4, 264-pound Jacobs said he didn't mind the accusation, bragging, "I am a bully."
Added Jacobs Thursday: "I think people who call out bullies are afraid of bullies. If you call me a bully, that's how I see it. They're just sitting back there waiting for us to come there, and we're going to come in there ready to play football."
A few other NFL players have been mouthing off as well. Vikings defensive end Jared Allen had some interesting things to say about two NFC rival cities. The 2-10 Vikings play the Lions on Sunday, and Allen said he isn't looking forward to visiting the Motor City. "I don't like going to Detroit," he said. "It's gloomy, it sucks, everything's brown. There's snow on...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after the Red Sox beat the White Sox behind a solid outing from Clay buchholz
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.
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.
The show goes completely off the rails in the final hour as Gerry tells stories of dogs that were killed when he was a child, and Kirk says he's probably going to own a dog very soon.
Producer candidate, Lucy, defends herself regarding attacks on her abilities to do the job, from Paul and Ken.
Oscar de la Hoya says that Donald Trump is a notorious cheater on the links.
Dr. Thomas Gill calls in to give his input on Pablo Sandoval's season ending surgery, and tells the guys how long he thinks the third baseman will be out.
The Celtics are approaching a very important off season, and Danny Ainge needs to figure out a plan to get a star in Boston...most importantly Kevin Durant. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about who the team needs to go after.
Tom Werner was in studio today and Christian could not hold himself back when Tom Werner mentioned the comedian "Whitney Cummings."
John Farrell calls us from Chicago to talk Pablo, E-Rod, Joe Kelly, Travis Shaw and much more.
Four at Four bled into some genuine discussion about who this town's greatest villains truly are.
Inspired by A-Rod's appearance at Fenway, we discuss four of our biggest Villains/nemesis' on the Boston sports scene.
Mikey and Lenny talk Clay Buchholz' struggles, and visit the Ghosts of Baseball past (Well, some of them are still alive...)
Mikey and Lenny talk Sox and Sandoval
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Ben, Russ & Alex talk about the UCL semi-finals, which have resulted in an Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid final. They also talk about the unbelievable story of Leicester City winning the English Premier League.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the return of offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia and what it means to the future of the offensive line, new safeties coach Steve Belichick and his football relationship to his dad and recap the Patriots 2016 draft and what to expect from some of the higher profile selections in their upcoming rookie season.
Kirk Minihane sits down with co-worker and often times nemesis, Lou Merloni, to talk about their past altercations and their own philosophies about radio. Kirk and Lou discuss some of the issues they have with working at the station and their disagreements with management.
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