FOXBORO -- Running back Fred Taylor was once again not at the open portion of Patriots practice on Thursday as the team continues to prepare for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.
Taylor has not practiced the last several weeks since injuring his toe in the team's last home game - against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 26. The team practiced in shorts and shells on the upper practice fields outside Gillette.
For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots.
NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger joined Dale & Holley to talk about the Patriots matchup with the Ravens this Sunday and what the loss of Randy Moss will mean to New England's offense. "The thing about Randy, obviously, is his reputation was the deep ball threat," Baldinger said. "It was real. Brandon Tate and Deion Branch and Julian Edelman and Wes Welker, the group that they have there, no one gives them that presence. The fear factor is gone from that offense."
"They had a great margin for error. If you want to lay the ball up there and let [Moss] run and go get it, those days are over," Baldinger continued. "They don't have a player like that." Baldinger thinks that the Patriots will go to a ball-control offense without Moss, which will help keep their young defense off the field. "You can keep those guys off the field a little bit, win the time of possession battle," he said....
WILMINGTON -- A day after both players left the ice early, defensemen Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg returned to Bruins practice on Thursday at Ristuccia Arena.
Ference had recently received a cortisone shot in his thumb and was advised by doctors not to shoot pucks. As a result, he skated prior to practice on Wednesday but left the ice before the skate began. Seidenberg, meanwhile, left Wednesday's practice after half an hour with what coach Claude Julien said was either a touch of the flu or food poisoning.
The Bruins, 1-1 on the season, will play their third game on Saturday when they travel to New Jersey to square off with the Devils.
For more on the Bruins, visit their team page at weei.com/bruins.
Forbes magazine has a list of baseball's "Best Teams for the Buck." The Padres, who recorded 90 wins with a payroll of just $37.8 million (29th in MLB), top the list, with the Rangers and Rays close behind. The Red Sox did not make the cut.
Also in baseball news, former Rangers managing partner George W. Bush is enjoying the team's success this fall. The New York Times has some interesting anecdotes about Bush's time leading the Rangers, collected from other owners and former commissioner Fay Vincent.
Read about those stories and others, plus, videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.
On his regularly scheduled appearance on The Dennis & Callahan Show, FoxSports analyst Brian Billick predicted that the absence of Randy Moss will make things appreciably more challenging for Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Wes Welker.
"I guarantee Tom Brady and Wes Welker's life just got a lot more difficult because they don't have that vertical stretch," Billick said. He later went on to suggest that, in regard to Moss no longer being an option, "You take one of those pieces away, it changes the dynamic. You take away the vertical threat, it changes the dynamic."
Billick, who coached Moss when the wideout was a rookie in Minnesota (saying he never had any problems with the former No. 1 pick), didn't hazard a guess as to what the Patriots were going to do now that the they were without their Pro-Bowler. "I'm going to be very interested in the approach they take without...
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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
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Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Jon talks about his experiences with free agency, what it would have taken to sign him to the Red Sox last season, and his experiences with fans since signing with the Cubs.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with newly signed Red Sox pitcher, Wade Miley. They talk about the story that came out about the D-Backs wanting him to switch to a gluten-free diet, and what he expects coming from the N.L. West to the A.L. East.
The boys are back at it, Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher and new Chicago Cub Jon Lester, they then talk with new Red Sox pitcher and ongoing consumer of gluten, Wade Miley.
Pierre joins the show to talk about the Bruins-Wild game, Bruins trade rumors, and the rest of the NHL.
Jack Edwards talks with Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton and drops the bomb on us that based on how the standings look now, the Bruins could miss the playoffs this season.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins and all things NHL
Curtis spoke with some nut jobs outside the courtroom.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Jeff Goodman discussed the Rondo trade.
Christian quizzes Lou and Tim on which songs were used for torture by the CIA, and Tim is upset he couldn't remember Team America: World Police
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins MFB to discuss Jim Harbaugh rumors, Rex Ryan's future, and why the Patriots may be better served by not wraping up the number one seed in the AFC this week
We check in with the playmaker, the hall of famer Michael Irvin for a look at the NFL and all things Patriots as they prepare to face the Jets.
Dale and Michael discuss the trade of Rajon Rondo, and whether it ultimately was a good deal for the Celtics.
We break down Rex and the Jets vs the Patriots with CSNNE's Tom E Curran
Kay comes into the show to try out for the textress role on the program. We learn about her favorite sports and fondness for Rajon Rondo.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are taling Patriots-Jets and the potential end of Rex Ryan's coaching career with the team.
Tonight marks 9 straight years of the Planet Mikey Show. We play some sound from the takeover which got Planet Mikey rolling .
Jen Royle joins the show to talk about The Taste and what its like working with amazing chefs and how her personality is going over with viewers.
What should Danny Ainge do with these Celtics? Is Anthony Davis the second best player in the NBA? Are the Warriors truly contenders?
Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy joins DJ to discuss the "uncoachable(?)" Taylor Hall and revisit the Tyler Seguin trade. Ryan also shares his issues with how the Bruins are run.
Dale and Michael are live on the air as the Rondo deal goes down.More from this show