FOXBORO -- Earlier this week, the Patriots assigned No. 54 to rookie Dont'a Hightower, a number that had previously belonged to holdout Brian Waters. On Friday, there was yet another indication that the Pro Bowl right guard may not be returning to New England even though he is signed through this season.
The Patriots removed the nameplate from his locker, leaving it blank. The only items in his locker are his shoulder pads and his team sweats, which still bear his old number on the front.
Waters was originally excused for personal reasons from OTAs and minicamp in the spring but was placed on the reserve/did not report list when he failed to show for training camp. Waters was signed just a week before the 2011 season and didn't play until making his debut for the Patriots in the season opener. He signed a two-year deal that included a $2.25 million cap hit for the Patriots this season and a base salary of $1.4 million, which he will...
FOXBORO -- Shane Vereen again was the only Patriots player missing from practice in shorts and shells on the upper grass training fields Friday outside Gillette Stadium.
The running back has missed practice this week with a foot injury suffered in the third preseason game at Tampa Bay on Aug. 24.
It was very hot and humid on the field Friday, mirroring the conditions the Patriots likely will face in Nashville on Sunday in their season-opener against the Titans. Sunshine and temperatures in the upper 70s are forecast for the 1 p.m. kickoff.
The Patriots will leave Saturday for Tennessee.
MLB Network analyst Kevin Millar checked in with Mut & Merloni on Friday to talk about the latest Red Sox drama with manager Bobby Valentine.
Valentine had a confrontational interview on The Big Show Wednesday afternoon. Host Glenn Ordway opened the interview by asking if Valentine had checked out, and Valentine responded by saying he would have punched Ordway in the mouth if the two were in the same room, although Valentine then said, "Ha, ha."
"I think it's a tired question immediately," Millar said. "It was a tired question. You challenge the man. Let's take a step back for a second and be Bobby Valentine. I think that was the first instance -- other than the knee-jerk reaction that Bobby Valentine is already like, his whole act is kind of been worn out now in Boston -- I think the question, you challenge the man. He answered it I think in 90 percent of the way that every other man would have answered it. If I...
NFL Network analyst Mike Lombardi, during his weekly Friday morning appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, looked at the situation in the AFC East, where the Patriots appear to be clear favorites over the Jets, Bills and Dolphins.
While the Patriots failed to impress in the preseason, going 1-3, the Jets were worse, scoring just 31 points and going 0-4. The Bills and Dolphins also lost all four of their preseason games. While preseason records don't mean much, there are signs that the rest of the division has issues.
"I don't think the Jets are as bad as they've looked in the preseason," Lombardi said. "Certainly, I don't think they can win playing the Bo Schembechler-Woody Hayes game that they've decided to play. Running the football in the National Football League is really a time element in the sense of this: The Patriots need to run the ball more effectively to control the pace of the game. But their passing game is going...
Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez made the first of his weekly appearances on WEEI sister station WAAF Friday morning on The Hill-Man Morning Show.
Although the Patriots went just 1-3 in the preseason and didn't impress much on offense, Hernandez said he isn't concerned heading into Sunday's regular-season opener against the Titans.
"I definitely feel confident," he said. "In the preseason they do a lot of the basics. You never really do much of the offense and stuff like that. So, I feel like we're definitely ready for the season."
The Patriots are coming off a loss to the Giants in the Super Bowl, but Hernandez said the team doesn't spend time rehashing it.
"You've got to move on, or else you'll be stuck in the past forever," he said. "Hopefully we get there this year and have a different outcome."
However, Hernandez admitted the loss has given the Patriots some inspiration.
Fauria calls the boys to give his take on the game today and why he sees a Patriots victory on the horizon - although he says he's getting more and more nervous as kickoff approaches. He gets into the match-ups, "fire alarm-gate", how the Steelers D will approach the Pats - zone or man, and more.
The boys chat about the importance of the versatility of Dont'a Hightower and his impact on the Pats D throughout his career but especially this season.
Pete, Price and Jerry continue breaking down the AFC Championship and give their thoughts and analysis on Pats/Steelers.
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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