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.
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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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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.
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....
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.
Rodney Harrison of NBC Sports previews Pats-Bills and the rest of the NFL.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated joins the show to talk about the Patriots clinching homefield advantage and who the AFC is contenders.
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
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
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
Rodney Harrison joins Ben Volin and Danny Piccard to talk about Pats-Bills and the rest of the NFL.
Just like on a Sunday morning in the summer, Butch Stearns and Steve Buckley hit the airwaves to talk about the Bruins win last night, and Patriots possibly resting starters against Buffalo this Sunday.
Nancy Frates called in to discuss her son Pete and her granddaughter Lucy.
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins Butch Stearns and DJ Bean to talk about week 17 in the NFL and the Patriots chances as the number one overall seed in the AFC
Butch Stearns talks about social contracts, DJ Bean reads a story from The New York Post that he finds corny, Producer Tom Carroll talks about the possibility of Kevin Garnett's number being retired by the Celtics, and Producer Paul Chartier talks about everything DJ hates
Bruins Play-by-Play announcer breaks down the Bruins season so far.
For each of the 4 major sports teams, we give our naughty and nice lists.
Jerry and DJ are out to prove that this Christmas classic is one of the creepiest songs of all-time
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 .
It's the season finale, for the NFL, AND for Jim and Pete's Fantasy Football hour. While many leagues are over in Week 16, some of them extend it out until the very end. The guys talk about some crucial players who will be sitting out the final week (think Rob Gronkowski) and others whose team has a lot to play for. They also took a look at some of biggest surprises, positive AND negatives that likely impacted your season. And of course, there's the daily leagues which are becoming more and more popular across the country.
DJ and Scott reveal the greatest Christmas song of all time: Fleetwood Mac's "Silver Springs." They also discuss the Christmas outrage of Fleetwood Mac's "Silver Springs" being left off Rumours.
Scott McLaughlin of WEEI and Chris Peters of CBS’ Eye on Hockey preview this year’s World Junior Championship and break down Team USA’s strengths and weaknesses. The U.S. opens the tournament against Finland on Friday.