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11/18/2012 - 4:06pm
Hernandez, Mankins, Chung, Connolly out

FOXBORO -- For the third straight game, tight end Aaron Hernandez will sit out with a recurrence of his sprained right ankle. Also inactive Sunday against the Colts are starting offensive linemen Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly. Patrick Chung (shoulder/hamstring) will miss his fourth straight game. Also inactive are tight end Daniel Fells and defensive ends Jake Bequette and Justin Francis. 

About 25 minutes before the inactives were announced publicly at 2:55 p.m., Patrick Chung tweeted the cryptic message, Gotta love business.  The tweet was taken down minutes later. (For a screenshot, visit the football blog It Is What It Is)

Aqib Talib is active and will likely get the start at left corner while Devin McCourty is expected to start his third straight game at strong safety. With Mankins and Connolly both out, Donald Thomas is likely to start at left guard while Nick McDonald is...

11/18/2012 - 4:00pm
BC finishes last at Charleston tourney

Andrew Lawrence scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half Sunday as Charleston knocked off Boston College, 71-67, for seventh place in the Charleston (S.C.) Classic.

Patrick Heckmann scored 18 points off the bench for BC (1-3), which played without standout forward Ryan Anderson (ankle injury). Lonnie Jackson netted 14, and Joe Rahon had 13 points and seven rebounds.

Charleston (2-2) trailed by five at the half, 34-29, but opened Period 2 with a 19-8 run. Lawrence started with run with a pair of 3-pointers, and Anthony Thomas (10 points) hit consecutive driving layups to put the Cougars ahead for good.

BC kept it tight down the stretch but could only get as close as two points, the last time with 28 seconds remaining after two free throws from Olivier Hanlan. Lawrence hit 4-of-6 free throws after that to keep his team in front.

The Eagles return home next to play Auburn on Wednesday afternoon (4).

11/18/2012 - 2:23pm
Pepper undergoes surgery, on crutches

FOXBORO -- Patriots defensive line coach Pepper Johnson will be at today's game on crutches after undergoing surgery this week to repair a torn quadriceps muscle, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Johnson is expected to be on the sidelines for the game, as is usually the case, along with defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. For more, visit the Patriots team page at and the blog It Is What It Is

11/18/2012 - 2:10pm
Source: Welker in, Hernandez, Connolly out

FOXBORO -- Wes Welker will play today for the Patriots while Aaron Hernandez and Dan Connolly will not with various injuries, an industry source tells 

Welker injured his ankle late in the win over the Rams in London on Oct. 28 and tweaked it again last week against the Bills. Welker was limited in practice on Friday after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Connolly injured his back late in the first half against the Bills and did not play in the second half while Aaron Hernandez is expected to miss his third straight game with a recurrence of a right ankle sprain, injured against the Jets on Oct. 21. 

Connolly, the starting right guard, was replaced by Donald Thomas while Logan Mankins was replaced with Nick McDonald when Mankins injured his left ankle early in the second half against the Bills. Mankins left Gillette Stadium in a protective walking boot after the game last week and did not practice all week. He is...

11/18/2012 - 1:15pm
Sox to interview Counsell, Colbrunn

According to a major league source, the Red Sox will interview a pair of long-time big leaguers about their hitting coach position(s) this week, with Craig Counsell slated to interview on Monday and Greg Colbrunn in the process of being scheduled for another time during the week. 

Counsell, 42, spent 16 years with the Diamondbacks, Brewers, Marlins, Rockies and Dodgers, finishing his career in Milwaukee in 2011. In 1,624 career games, Counsell -- a utility infielder -- hit .255 with a .342 OBP, .344 slugging mark and .686 OPS. He served as a special assistant to Brewers GM Doug Melvin in 2012. 

Colbrunn, 43, spent parts of 13 years with the Diamondbacks, Marlins, Braves, Expos, Twins, Rockies and Mariners, primarily as a first baseman. In 992 games, he hit .289/.338/.460/.799, with his last season coming in 2004. He's been on the coaching staff of the Yankees' Single-A affiliate in Charleston since 2007, having spent five of the six years...

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