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08/30/2011 - 10:49am
Pats reach 80 with release of Murrell, Ross

FOXBORO -- The Patriots reached their 80-man roster limit on Tuesday with the release of linebacker Marques Murrell and wide receiver Jeremy Ross on Tuesday morning. They also announced the signing of long-snapper and former Jets special teamer James Dearth. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the football blog It Is What It Is


08/30/2011 - 6:28am
Mashup: Shockey saves choking teammate

Tight end Jeremy Shockey has not avoided controversy during his NFL career, but on Monday he showed his better side. When fellow Panthers tight end Ben Hartstock could not breathe because he was choking on a piece of pork tenderloin, Shockey stepped in and dislodged the meat, the National Football Post reported.

“[Hartstock] started to go to the bathroom, and I don’t know if he collapsed, but he couldn’t breathe,” said Hartstock’s agent, Mike McCartney. “Some new guy came and tried to give him the Heimlich. It didn’t work. Then Shockey hit him in the back pretty hard and out came the meat. The Panthers told me it was pretty scary.

“Ben told me, ‘Shockey came over and gave me the Heimlich maneuver and saved my life.’ He was in good spirits and he’s real thankful for Shockey.”

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08/30/2011 - 5:48am
Report: Buchholz cleared to begin throwing

According to a Tweet from NESN's Heidi Watney, Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz has been approved to begin a throwing program beginning Tuesday. Wrote Watney: Clay Buchholz told me he was cleared to throw tomorrow for the first time. Seemed very excited about it. 

Buchholz told WEEI.com last week that he was optimistic that after undergoing an evaluation from the Red Sox medical staff upon returning home from the team's eight-game road trip that he would be able to begin some "light throwing." 

"I've been throwing balls in and out to the screen (during batting practice) and I haven't felt any different the next day, so that's a good sign," he said. "It's...

08/29/2011 - 5:28pm
Belichick: Ochocinco is 'getting better'

Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on the Big Show on Monday and discussed the progress of Chad Ochocinco and the news that Belichick would be the subject of an NFL Films documentary in September. But Belichick was first asked about the 34-10 loss in Saturday's preseason game against the Lions. 

"We just made it easier for them with turnovers and long-yardage situations with negative plays and sacks and penalties," Belichick said. "We were just inconsistent in a lot of areas and were never able to get it going and really get it back into a completive game."

Chad Ochocinco was targeted four times but did not have a catch on Saturday. The receiver has had several drops in his two preseason appearances and has seemingly struggled to learn the nuances of the New England offense, but Belichick sees progress in his recent performance.

"Oh yeah, absolutely. Without a doubt. He's made a lot of...

08/29/2011 - 4:00pm
Youkilis, Drew to play Tuesday for PawSox

With the threat of hurricanes and tropical storms now having passed, J.D. Drew is set to resume his minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday, when he will join Triple-A Pawtucket in Rochester. Drew was 0-for-2 with a walk, strikeout and hit by pitch in a rehab game with the Lowell Spinners on Friday. He was initially scheduled to play another rehab game with the Spinners on Saturday, but with heavy rains in the forecast, he instead worked out with the Sox at Fenway Park.

For the year, Drew is hitting .219 with a .317 OBP, .305 slugging mark and .622 OPS. With rosters expanding from 25 to 40 players on Sept. 1, he is scheduled to be activated this week after missing the last five weeks with a shoulder impingement.

Kevin Youkilis will join Drew in Rochester. The third baseman landed on the disabled list on Aug. 18 due to a back strain. He is expected to spend a couple games with the PawSox before being activated on Sept. 2, the earliest possible...

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