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10/26/2012 - 12:57pm
Pats rule Hernandez, 6 others out Sunday

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...

10/26/2012 - 12:19pm
NHL cancels November games
By: DJ Bean

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. 

For more on the NHL Lockout and the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


10/26/2012 - 12:10pm
Steve Phillips: Bobby V has his 'own reality'
By: Mike Neff

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...

10/26/2012 - 11:54am
King on M&M: 'Sleeping giant game' for Pats

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....

10/26/2012 - 10:26am
Report: Hernandez didn't make trip

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.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

 


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