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12/06/2012 - 6:37pm
Wilfork: Texans are 'best team in the NFL'

Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork is a man who always speaks his mind. On Thursday, he spoke his mind about the 11-1 Houston Texans, the team he and the 9-3 Patriots will be battling Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

"They're the best team in the NFL," Wilfork said without hesitation. "They're the best team for a reason. They do a lot of things well. They've been in some blowouts, they've been in some tough games, they've been in some overtime [games]. This [is] a team that has played through it all. And they seem to rally around one another, and that's the sign of a great team. They definitely have what it takes to be a champion. You have to respect that."

One thing Wilfork and the Patriots defensive line will have to respect and solve is the zone blocking scheme of their offensive line, a complicated scheme that mirrors what the Broncos did with Terrell Davis in the late 1990s.

"They cut, they don't cut, they man...

12/06/2012 - 5:22pm
Mankins, Jones limited in return to practice

FOXBORO -- Logan Mankins (ankle) and Chandler Jones (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday and were among 12 Patriots limited in sweats and shells practice outside Gillette Stadium.

Rob Gronkowski (forearm) and Nick McDonald (shoulder) were the only ones to miss practice among those eligible to participate. Brandon Bolden also returned and was not listed on the injury report after missing two weeks prior to his four-week PED suspension with a knee injury. 

Both Jones and Mankins are reportedly set to return to action this Monday night against the Texans barring setbacks. 

Here is Thursday's complete report:

Did Not Practice

TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm/hip) 

OL Nick McDonald (shoulder) 

Limited Participation

DT Ron Brace (elbow) 

DE Chandler Jones (ankle) 

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12/06/2012 - 2:52pm
Sox get Kaminska to complete Stewart deal
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox have acquired right-handed pitcher Kyle Kaminska from the Pirates as the player to be named later to complete the team's trade with the Pirates that sent Zach Stewart to Pittsburgh. 

Kaminska spent last season between the Miami and Pittsburgh organizations, playing for a total of four minor league teams between high A and Triple-A. His longest stint was with Double-A Jacksonville, where he had a 5.11 ERA in 31 appearances. 

For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox


12/06/2012 - 2:37pm
Report: Mankins, Jones will play Monday

After being spotted at Patriots practice for a second straight day, and barring any late setbacks, Logan Mankins and Chandler Jones will be ready to play Monday night when the Patriots host the Texans at Gillette Stadium, according to a report by CSNNE's Mike Giardi. 

Giardi tweeted Thursday, "being told Logan Mankins will play Monday, barring a setback. Pats plan all along. He'll join Chandler Jones." 

Jones injured his right ankle on Nov. 18 against the Colts in the first half and did not return. Jones hadn't played or practiced before returning to a walk-through on Wednesday. Mankins, who has been battling hip and calf issues this season, injured his left ankle against the Bills on Nov. 11 and hasn't played since. 

Also in attendance was running back Brandon Bolden, eligible to come off his four-game suspension this week for violation of the NFL performance enhancing drug policy. The Patriots received a...

12/06/2012 - 2:16pm
Source: Red Sox close to deal with Uehara

According to a baseball source, the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year contract with relief pitcher Koji Uehara. The Dallas Morning News was first to report the agreement. (For Uehara's career statistics, click here.)

The 37-year-old Uehara spent 2012 with the Rangers, finishing with a 1.75 ERA in 37 games. He struck out 43 while walking just three, managing a 32.5 percent ground ball rate.

Uehara broke into the major leagues at 34-years-old with the Orioles, pitching with Baltimore until he was dealt just before the non-waiver trade deadline in 2011. The righty played on a one-year, $4 million deal in '12.

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox


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