Aaron Hernandez is among seven players ruled out of Sunday's game in London by the Patriots, who landed in the U.K. early Friday. Also out are Tracy White, Steve Gregory, Brandon Bolden, Ras-I Dowling, Patrick Chung and Trevor Scott.
As a result, the Patriots will not have to make any further game-time inactive decisions for their contest against the Rams at Wembley Stadium.
Hernandez, as reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, has been having trouble making cuts on his right ankle, the same ankle he sprained on Sept. 16 against the Cardinals. Hernandez returned two weeks ago and played against Seattle and the Jets before taking a step back this week. Hernandez, who is also expecting the birth of his first child, missed practice on Thursday.
Eleven players were listed as questionable and all 11 were limited in the team's light practice on Friday, a team gathering Bill Belichick on Thursday termed "a transition" travel...
The NHL announced Friday that it has cancelled games through Nov. 30 as a result of the current lockout.
Had a deal been struck at some point this week, the league felt it would be able to start an 82-game season on Nov. 2, but the lack of a new CBA led to the further cancellations. Should games through November be cancelled, the league would lose the Nov. 23 game between the Bruins and Rangers, more notably the first game to be televised by NBC and what many thought before the lockout would be a possible starting point for the season.
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Former Mets general manager and current SiriusXM sports radio host Steve Phillips joined Mut & Merloni (with Kirk Minihane in for Lou Merloni) on Friday to talk about Bobby Valentine, the World Series and performance-enhancing drugs.
Valentine broke his silence following his firing when he appeared on Bob Costas' NBC Sports Network show on Tuesday night, and he made some negative comments about his time in Boston.
“I’m not surprised,” Phillips said. “Having been fired, you get defensive. When Bobby was fired in New York, he had cultivated relationships with members of the media who were able to do his bidding. … He didn’t have the time or the relationships to develop that sort of collateral with the media in Boston, so he’s doing some of that on his own. It’s a natural tendency to defend yourself when you feel like you’ve been wronged.”
Valentine, in the interview, cast...
Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on Mut & Merloni on Friday to talk about the Patriots' upcoming game in London against the Rams.
The Patriots' deficiencies are obvious, and King said the defensive secondary's problems mean the offense needs to take its game to another level.
"When I look at the Patriots right now, to me, I just see a team that is really going to have to outscore people the rest of the way," King said. "When I look at this game this week, this is not a gimme game. Because what the Rams have, the Rams have three good corners -- they've got [Cortland] Finnegan, they've got Janoris Jenkins, and then they've got a good nickel guy, Bradley Fletcher, who is playing well. They have a good pass rush. They're going to hit [Tom] Brady two or three times in this game, I guarantee you. Whether they sack him or not is another matter. But they're going to be in his face a little bit....
Aaron Hernandez did not make the trip with the rest of the team to London for Sunday's game against the Rams, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network. The tight end, who suffered an ankle injury in a Week Two loss to the Cardinals, has played the last two weeks, but was limited at practice on Wednesday and was not present on Thursday. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that his ankle has not responded to treatment, and he's expected not to play against St. Louis. (However, according to multiple reports, Hernandez was expecting to be a new father this weekend, and under that scenario, there remains a possibility he could still join the team.) On the season, he has 17 catches for 143 yards and two touchdowns.
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Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia to discuss the 33-year-old's longevity, his thoughts on Tom Brady's approach and what the real deal is when it comes to who is the leader in the Red Sox' clubhouse.
Rob Bradford talks with both Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes, and assistant pitching coach Brian Bannister, about the fascinating project the reliever undertook in the final month of 2016. Barnes explains how he, with the help of others, made a concerted effort to emulate Dellin Betances of the Yankees and how that exercise helped turn around the former No. 1 pick's season.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
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.
Hour 4. Mack Beggs should have been wrestling men. Gerry wants to put an end to women's wrestling.
Hour 3. Moonlight wins after a big mistake. Curtis's dad paid for his dog's plane ticket.
Hour 1. Reimer joins Kirk and Gerry on the Monday after the Oscars. A mistake leads to the best moment in Oscars' history.
The deadline for NFL team's to use the franchise tag is Wednesday, and the guys discuss the future of Jimmy Garoppolo and Dont'a Hightower.
Andrew Benintendi is one of the favorites to win the AL Rookie of the Year award, despite playing in 35 games last year.
Glenn, Lou and Christian recap the Celtics weekend and continue to lament the fact that Danny didn't get someone to help out on the boards.
Dale and MIchael discuss Mo Sanu playing the blame game for the Super Bowl loss, plus other Super Bowl related topics... for instance, will the Falcons EVER get over that loss?
Dale and Michael discuss the interest out there for Jimmy G, and whether the Patriots will move on from him.
Dale and Michael spend a good portion of the program discussing the Bruins. What are there chances going forward and what do they need to add?
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Ben, Russ, and Alex talk about the decision by the Leicester City to dismiss Claudio Ranieri just months after winning the Premier League and if Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez will sign with the MLS this summer?
Christian and Dr Gill talk about how baseball players need to stay in shape in the offseason, continuing maintenance during the season, and how Pablo Sandoval's health could be after missing nearly an entire season.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap a K&C Monday with Alex Reimer joining the guys for a post-Oscar themed show
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