FOXBORO -- Linebacker Brandon Spikes was back at practice on Thursday as the Patriots practiced in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields at Gillette Stadium. Spikes injured his right knee during the loss to the Giants on Nov. 6 and hasn't played since. The team is continuing its field preparation for the Redskins this Sunday at FedEx Field outside Washington, D.C.
Spikes, who reportedly sprained his MCL, was wearing a protective wrap over his right knee during practice.
The only two players to miss practice were rookie running back Stevan Ridley and starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer, who injured his right foot in the win over the Eagles on Nov. 27. Ridley also missed Wednesday's practice for what the team said was a non-injury related issue.
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DALLAS -- GM Ben Cherington suggested that the Red Sox are unlikely to pursue Japanese star pitcher Yu Darvish, who will be posted for bidding by Major League Baseball teams today. Darvish's team, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, will subject the 25-year-old to the same bidding process that led to Daisuke Matsuzaka's acquisition by the Sox in 2006, when the Sox won the post with a $51.11 million bid then signed the pitcher to a six-year, $52 million contract.
Darvish is projected to require a similar -- if not greater -- investment. That being the case, Cherington suggested the Sox were unlikely to move on the pitcher, given that the team has substantial commitments (in excess of $50 million in 2012 in salary) and a rotation that is fronted by Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz, even at a time when the back end of the rotation remains undefined.
"I’m not sure the timing of this offseason puts us in a position to be the most...
Bruins forward Brad Marchand checked in with Mut & Merloni Thursday afternoon for his weekly discussion, and was asked about the healthy scratch of Tyler Seguin in Winnipeg on Tuesday. Seguin was benched for what the Bruins called an "attendance issue."
"He's very young, he's only 19 and he's learning," said Marchand. "What happened was we went to Winnipeg and the time changed back an hour and he didn't know that, so he changed it back an hour as well. He changed it two hours back by accident. It was a misunderstanding and stuff like that happens, especially when everyone is so tired and stuff."
Marchand was asked if this part of an ongoing problem with Seguin. Claude Julien told the media Tuesday that Seguin has missed meetings "more than a few times."
"I can't recall him being late for anything late this year, I think he might have done it last year a time or two," Marchand...
Bruins forward Jordan Caron, who was rooming with Tyler Seguin when the team arrived early Tuesday in Winnipeg, said that he simply thought Seguin was sleeping a few minutes later Tuesday morning.
Seguin missed a team breakfast and team meeting and was scratched for Tuesday night's game, with coach Claude Julien saying the youngster had missed meetings "more than a few times."
"It was an accident. I got up real early and didn't want to wake him up," Caron said after Thursday's morning skate. "I went to breakfast, and then the meeting started. We tried calling him a few times. It's an accident. I don't think it's anybody's fault. It happens."
Caron said the players did not have time to physically go to Seguin's room and wake him up during breakfast, because the meeting was about to start. He specifically noted that Seguin was indeed in the room, and that "he wasn't out or anything." The...
Red Sox president Larry Lucchino was a guest of the Dennis and Callahan Show on Thursday morning. Lucchino was first asked about Bobby Valentine and the ongoing perception that the new manager was selected by Lucchino, with no input from general manager Ben Cherington.
"That's not true," said Lucchino. "I was an advocate for Bobby Valentine to be sure in the process, but these decisions, as we've been trying to tell you guys for I guess going into 11 years now, that there's a collective process of governance that takes place with the Red Sox on major policy and personnel issues, and that's what we just went through. ... We went through this process with active participation from a number of people. At the end of the process, the Monday after Thanksgiving, when we all adjourned and stayed away from any discussion or search or anything further on it, Ben made a recommendation to us, and we accepted it with alacrity."
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Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.
Torey joins Mike and Rob to discuss the last week for the Red Sox, Joe Kelly's awesome performance last night, if Clay Buchholz can figure things out, David Ortiz and more.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Jim Polito of WTAG in Worcester joins us for a few minutes to talk about the district attorney and how the show should stick to sports.
Turtleboy from Turtleboy Sports joins the guys to talk about the cop killer.
The list of top 20 celebrities people masterbate to, Cosby is in trouble again, and Dupont wrote another column.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN calls in to discuss who she thinks the Celtics are going to draft with the #3 pick, and also gives her opinion on what trades the Celtics could pull off this off-season.
There are so many good, young players on the Red Sox that it's hard to pick out the top 3. Glenn, Lou and Christian debate which of the young guys on the Sox are the most valuable and which ones could possibly be traded for a starting pitcher.
Kevin Love sat out for the entire 4th quarter for the second straight game against the Raptors, and Glenn, Lou and Christian can't believe the excuse Tyronn Lue gave to the media.
Stephen A Smith thinks so, but what does his own fan-base think?
We discuss the infamous nut kick and why NBA players have been so whiny this post-season.
We discuss what it means for the B's
This week we talk about top golfers dropping out of the Olympic games.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.
Former New England Football Pro Christian Fauria and one of Boston's premier sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons to the pro's, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care, discuss some of the recent injuries that have plagued the Boston Red Sox and how you can avoid similar injuries in your everyday life.
Kirk rants about Gerry being Corporate Callahan and commands Paul to shut Gerry's mic off.More from this show
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