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10/05/2012 - 12:19pm
King on M&M: Manning '95 percent'

Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports joined Mut & Merloni to talk about Sunday's Patriots-Broncos matchup and other NFL news.

Peyton Manning continues his comeback tour when he brings the Broncos to Foxboro this weekend. King said Manning might not be the same as he was pre-injury, but he's not that far off.

"I see 95 percent of the same guy," King said. "I think it's a nice story for people to say, in essence, that Manning's done, he can't throw anymore and all that. But just watch the games so far. He made some stupid throws against the Atlanta Falcons -- two or three of them, where he hung them up there. He just got greedy. He admitted after the game, he got greedy.

"Look, Peyton Manning can not throw the way he used to, He admitted that to me in training camp. But it doesn't mean that he still can't be a great quarterback in the NFL. Right now, this guy is basically on pace to throw for 32 touchdowns...

10/05/2012 - 11:35am
Edelman, Hoomanawanui, Gregory missing

FOXBORO -- One day after returning to the field, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui was not spotted at the start of Patriots practice in shells on Friday on the main Gillette Stadium field. 

Hoomanawanui sustained a concussion on Sunday, forcing him to miss practice on Wednesday. He returned Thursday before not being seen Friday during the media portion of practice. 

Also not spotted were receiver Julian Edelman (left hand) and safety Steve Gregory (hip). Both missed practice all week, a likely sign that both will be out this Sunday afternoon against the Broncos. Edelman injured his left hand at the end of the first half against the Ravens on Sept. 23 and hasn't played or practiced since while Gregory injured his hip in Sunday's win over the Bills and hasn't practiced all week. 

After missing Thursday's practice for "non-football related" reasons, cornerback Ras-I Dowling was back at practice on Friday. 

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10/05/2012 - 11:26am
Hightower: I'm a 'game-time decision'

FOXBORO -- After straining his left hamstring in the first half against the Bills and missing the second half, rookie inside linebacker Dont'a Hightower returned to practice on Thursday and Friday and proclaimed himself a "game-time" decision for Sunday against the Broncos. 

"Right now, it's going to be a day-to-day thing," Hightower said. "It's going to be up to [trainer Jim Whalen] and coach Belichick. But, each day, I'm getting better, feeling better and moving around great. So, it's going to be a game-time decision. It's going to be up to them.

"No pain. I'm out there, I'm running around and doing everything I can but again, each day it's a day-by-day thing and we're going to have to see about that."

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots.


10/05/2012 - 10:35am
McCourty on M&M: 'Frustrating' to miss plays

Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to discuss the team's outlook heading into Sunday's game against Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

McCourty has come under fire for his struggles early this season. He acknowledged being aware of the widespread criticism.

"Yeah, a little bit, like on Twitter on stuff I'lll hear things. Then right after the game when I spoke to the media, you could just tell by the tone of the questions and everything coming at you," he said. "I think it's just something you've got to deal with when you play professional sports."

Added McCourty: "The biggest thing was just, it was a little frustrating, the plays that I thought I could make and I wanted to make, I didn't. For me, that was the most frustrating part about it. But that's a part of the game. It's not what you always do for three quarters, it's maybe the last two minutes, five seconds, even, of the game...

10/05/2012 - 8:16am
Lucchino on D&C: 'Myriad changes' for Sox

Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino joined Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning to talk about the team's disastrous 2012 season and the decision to fire Bobby Valentine.

"If this is broken, as indeed it is, we're determined to make it right and get back to the success that we've had in our first decade," Lucchino said.

Lucchino described the Thursday morning meeting where Valentine was given the news that he would not be returning for a second season. Lucchino clarified that it was not a breakfast meeting, as had been previously reported, but a mid-morning meeting at Lucchino's house.

"It started with a statement from Ben about the decision that had just been made," Lucchino said. "And then Bobby took it with great grace and professionalism, I must say. I've had the misfortune of being involved in these kinds of decisions from time to time over my 30 years of baseball, and he was exceptional in his grace and...

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