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10/12/2010 - 12:43pm
Branch practices, Wheatley returns

FOXBORO -- Wide receiver Deion Branch, acquired Monday from the Seahawks, was on the practice field Tuesday as he began his second tour with the Patriots.

 

Wearing No. 84, Branch walked on to the field with Tom Brady. The Patriots dealt a fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft for the Super Bowl XXXIX MVP, who ranks 13th in franchise history with 213 catches.

 

In other practice news, Fred Taylor (foot) was not spotted on the field but cornerback Terrence Wheatley (foot) and defensive lineman Mike Wright were on the field. Wheatley has not played in a game or practiced since injuring his foot in the preseason. 

 

For more Patriots news visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.


10/12/2010 - 11:55am
Kaczur to IR to make room for Branch

The Patriots made the acquisition of wide receiver Deion Branch official, announcing that the trade with the Seahawks had been completed in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice, reportedly the better of the team's two fourth-round picks in the 2011 draft. In order to free a roster spot for Branch, the Patriots placed tackle Nick Kaczur on injured reserve with a back injury.

 

Branch, the Super Bowl XXXIX MVP, is expected to practice with the Patriots this afternoon. He had started three games for Seattle this year, catching 13 passes for 112 yards and one touchdown.

 

Kaczur, a mainstay of the offensive line, has missed all of the Patriots' preseason and regular season games this year after suffering an injury in training camp. The 2005 third-rounder had started at least 13 games in each of the previous three seasons.

 

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10/12/2010 - 11:40am
NFL Power Rankings: Pats stand pat

In WEEI.com's Week 6 NFL Power Rankings, the Patriots remained in the No. 6 spot after the trades that shipped Randy Moss to the Vikings and that reunited Deion Branch with the team that drafted him. The Bears and Giants took leaps up the chart, while the Saints are out of the top five for the first time in more than a year. For the complete Power Rankings, click here.


10/12/2010 - 9:48am
More uncertainty for Sox' Liverpool bid

The Red Sox' bid for Liverpool FC faces further uncertainty after billionaire Peter Lim said that he was increasing his offer to buy the British soccer club, the Associated Press reports. The New England Sports Ventures (NESV) bid of $476 million was approved last week by the board of the soccer club.

 

But the sale of the club is currently in court, with the Royal Bank of Scotland (which holds most of the club's debt) trying to force the sale of the club, over the objections of current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. Meanwhile, Lim announced that he was upping his bid to $507 million, while also saying that he would make $63 million available to the club to pursue players during the transfer window.

 

The current owners claim that the sale figure undervalues the club....

10/12/2010 - 6:59am
Mashup: Favre still silent about accusations

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre reached a couple of milestones in Monday night's loss to the Jets — 500 touchdown passes, 70,000 passing yards — but much of the postgame discussion was about the accusations of sexual harassment against him. He refused to answer the questions. Meanwhile, Jenn Sterger, the Jets TV host who allegedly was on the receiving end of X-rated text messages from Favre, reportedly is keeping quiet about the situation and might be in line for a payout from the QB to stay that way. Read more about that story and others at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.


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