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09/12/2012 - 4:43pm
Connolly only DNP on Pats' injury report

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)

 

Limited Participation

CB Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring)

TE Daniel Fells (shin)

OL Nick McDonald (shoulder)

CB Sterling Moore (knee)

RB Shane Vereen (foot)

OT Sebastian Vollmer (back) 

 

Full Participation

S Patrick Chung (shoulder)

 

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09/12/2012 - 2:33pm
Bobby V: Not to blame for Youk's struggles

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...

09/12/2012 - 2:21pm
Bobby V hopes to manage 2013 'and beyond'

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...

09/12/2012 - 12:56pm
Vereen back, Connolly misses Pats practice

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. 

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


09/12/2012 - 12:30pm
Belichick on rookies: 'Are you kidding me?'

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'...

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