FOXBORO -- Running back Shane Vereen (foot) was back at practice on Wednesday, but offensive lineman Dan Connolly (head) was held out of practice completely as the Patriots continued preparing for their home opener against the Cardinals. Here's the complete injury report:
Did Not Practice
OL Dan Connolly (head)
CB Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring)
TE Daniel Fells (shin)
OL Nick McDonald (shoulder)
CB Sterling Moore (knee)
RB Shane Vereen (foot)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back)
S Patrick Chung (shoulder)
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Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said in an interview with WEEI's The Big Show that he wasn't to blame for Kevin Youkilis' struggles in Boston and noted his nearly identical batting average with the White Sox. Valentine suggested early in the season that the third baseman wasn't "physically and emotionally into the game," which drew the ire of players such as Dustin Pedroia.
"Youk is a dead situation, so let's not drag that through the mud again," Valentine said. But when asked about the players who were no longer with the team, Valentine had more to say.
"Just for the record, If you're going to bring up Youk, I'm going to say this about Youk," Valentine said. "What was he hitting when he left here? 238. When he left here, the reason he was hitting .238 is because I really affected him negatively. I was the root cause of his not performing well. Since he's been with Chicago he's hitting .238. I just want to...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine joined The Big Show from Fenway Park one week after jokingly declaring that he'd like to punch host Glenn Ordway and brought along boxing gloves for the occasion. In an interview that had far less tension than last week, Valentine was asked if he thinks he'll be back managing the Sox next season.
"It's not up to me, but I think I will be, yeah. And beyond," he said. "Why would I say that I want to be here for 2013 as though that's going to be the end of something? That will be the continuation and hopefully the beginning of something really special. Why would I think it's going to be a year's job?"
Valentine also addressed the issue of agendas.
"There's some guys with agendas, it's simple. It's been that way everywhere I've gone," Valentine said. "It's no big deal. I get it. If other people don't get it, it's no big deal. I understand that some people who...
FOXBORO -- Patriots running back Shane Vereen returned to practice on Wednesday but offensive lineman Dan Connolly was missing on the grass fields outside Gillette Stadium as the team practiced in shorts and shells.
Vereen had missed the last two weeks with a foot injury sustained in the Aug. 24 preseason game at Tampa Bay.
Connolly, who has a history of concussions, left Sunday's game against the Titans with a head injury Sunday. He apparently suffered the injury when he was the fullback on Stevan Ridley's one-yard TD run. The newest member of the Patriots, safety Cyhl Quarles, was spotted on the field wearing No. 31. Quarles was signed to the practice squad on Wednesday, while tight end Alex Silvestro was released.
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FOXBORO -- In classic fashion, Bill Belichick immediately seized the opportunity Wednesday to bring some humility to his trio of rookies who impressed during New England's 34-13 win over the Titans on Sunday.
Belichick was asked if he might need to remind Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower and Tavon Wilson that they've played just one game. Before the question went any further, the Patriots coach interceded.
"Are you kidding me? They've played one game," Belichick said in a wry tone.
"I don't think any rookie has all the answers after one game. I don't think any experienced coach has the answers after one game either. I mean, it's one game. Everybody needs to be coached, everybody needs to improve, there are a lot of things that everybody needs to do better, and I would put the rookies at the absolute top of that list. Like not behind anybody. They would be No. 1. It's going to get a lot harder for them before it gets easier, I'...
Patriots Safety Devin McCourty joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and talked about covering the Steelers Wide Receivers, and how he's helping the players who are in the AFC Championship for the first time prepare.
ProFootball Talk's Mike Florio told Glenn, Lou, and Christian that the Patriots have a quiet confidence that they can outscore the Steelers, since they've proven they have the ability.
Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
Hour two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral kick around the perception of backup goalie Anton Khudobin, B's coach Claude Julien, and possible trade target Gabriel Landeskog.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
Hour 4. Bill Belichick holds his Friday press conference while Mut and Kirk try and play a game. Mut has a big announcement. Gerry calls in from the Inauguration on his crystal-clear cell phone.
Hour 3. Ben Volin shares a stat about Trump that will blow your mind. Mut wouldn't answer any questions about Trump's alleged sexual assaults.
Old Friend Tim Benz joins OMF, and while they regale tales of dysfunction, Benz manages to predict that the Patriots will win Sunday.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian enjoy the festivities ahead of the Inauguration, and give their predictions for Patriots-Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian love how Bill Belichick reacts to the plethora of stupid questions he receives from the Media during his Press Conferences.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe spend the day discussing the AFC Championship.
We close out the work week with the best sound clips of the day.
We check in with hall of famer Michael Irvin to find out what happened to his Dallas Cowboys and look at the remaining playoff match-ups.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Uncle Buck, George from S**t Pats Fans Say, and Jerry Thornton talk about the Patriots history in the AFC Championship game, the big wins, the bad losses, and what it will take for the Pats to win another AFC Championship game.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the K&C week after a Friday show with Kirk, Mut and Ben Volin in studio.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Thursday K&C show featuring Jon Meterparel back in the saddle.
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