FOXBORO -- Patriots running back Shane Vereen (left foot) again missed practice on Friday and has been ruled out for Sunday's season opener against the Titans in Tennessee. Rookie cornerback back Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) was a Friday addition to the report and was limited at practice. Dennard is one of five players listed as questionable for Sunday, according to the team's official injury report.
Offensive linemen Nick McDonald (shoulder) returned and was limited at practice. Tight end Daniel Fells, cornerback Sterling Moore (knee) and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) were also limited. All four are listed as questionable.
Safety Pat Chung (shoulder) was listed as having full participation in the workout on the grass fields in shorts and shells and is probable for Sunday.
For the Titans, offensive tackle Mike Otto (finger/knee) is out for Sunday. For more, visit the Patriots team page at...
Injured Sox starter John Lackey will throw live batting practice on Saturday in the next step as he attempts to comeback from Tommy John surgery. Lackey said that he will probably throw BP two or three times before a live-game setting is discussed, possibly in the Instructional League.
"He's close," manager Bobby Valentine said of Lackey's proximity to game activity, suggesting that Lackey might be ready to throw an inning or two in games within a couple of weeks.
Lackey has missed all of this season after undergoing surgery. He was 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA last season, his second with the Sox, and has two years left on his contract with a team option for a third year at the major league minimum.
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In a stunning win against the NFL, Saints players Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith won their appeal case on Friday and had their suspensions overturned in a collective bargaining appeals court panel. Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated was the first to confirm the report on Friday afternoon.
Vilma (16 games), Anthony Hargrove (eight games), Smith (four games) and Scott Fujita (three games) were all suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell for their alleged involvement in the Saints "Bounty" program, investigated by the NFL this past offseason. Trotter also reported that the ruling by the panel restores authority to Goodell but the Commissioner may only uphold the suspensions if there is further evidence of intent to injure beyond the existence of a pool of money to be collected.
If there is no evidence presented, all four players - including Hargrove (cut by the Packers) and Fujita (now with the Browns) - are eligible to play immediately...
Coming off a 1-8 road trip, the Sox return home to Fenway for a series with the Blue Jays. Manager Bobby Valentine will turn to what has become his everyday lineup, but with Ryan Kalish getting some at-bats as the designated hitter.
Felix Doubront is on the mound for Boston. He's given up 12 hits and nine runs in eight innings in two starts since returning from the disabled list.
The Bruins have cancelled their upcoming rookie camp and tournament due to CBA uncertainty, general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday.
The camp was expected to open on Sept. 14, one day before the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement. The team has not made any changes regarding their training camp, which is set to open on Sept. 21, and they plan to have select players who would have participated in rookie camp in attendance.
Regarding a potential lockout and the uncertainty it would bring, Chiarelli said that the NHL and CHL are in talks regarding a new transfer agreement that would allow players to start a locked out season with their junior clubs and then go to the NHL mid-season if there is to be a season. Chiarelli said he is unsure of how many players the B's would be able to take back, but he said defenseman Dougie Hamilton would be their priority.
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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.
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.
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.
"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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