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11/05/2010 - 11:30am
Belichick on Mankins: 'Has a ways to go'

FOXBORO -- Logan Mankins participated in his third straight practice on Friday as he continues to get back in playing shape. Patriots coach Bill Belichick did not make any commitment one way or the other as to his availability on Sunday in Cleveland and said the former Pro Bowl left guard is making progress. 

 

"[Mankins] looks alight," Belichick said. "I think he has a ways to go, as you would expect, but he looks like he's in pretty good condition. Logan is a smart guy and he works hard so that's never really an issue. He just has to get better at things he hasn't done in a while."

 

Mankins reported on Tuesday after missing the first seven games in a contract dispute with the team. He signed a tender that was originally worth $3.268 million, but reduced to $1.45 million because of time missed. 

 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at...

11/05/2010 - 10:56am
Pats practice: Banta-Cain, Taylor, Page miss

FOXBORO -- Linebacker Tully Banta-Cain was not spotted for the open portion of Patriots practice on Friday at Gillette Stadium. Banta-Cain was not listed on the injury report on Wednesday or Thursday. 

 

Also missing practice outdoors on the main stadium field were running back Fred Taylor, who is expected to miss his fifth straight game with a toe injury, and safety Jarrad Page, out with a calf injury. Page didn't play last week against Minnesota. 

 

The Patriots, finalizing on-field preparations for the Browns this Sunday in Cleveland, practiced in sweats and shells. 

 

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


11/05/2010 - 8:20am
Schefter on D&C: Browns will upset Pats

ESPN's Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show as part of WEEI's Patriot Friday. Schefter is predicting the Browns will upset the Patriots on Sunday.

 

"Cleveland seems to play its best football against good teams, evidenced by the fact that they've beaten the defending Super Bowl champion each of the last three years, including the New Orleans Saints on the road two weeks ago," Schefter said. "I think they're coming back home. I think that they're coming off a bye week. I think the Patriots are coming off a game that took some things out of them, a great win over the Minnesota Vikings, where everybody thought a game like that could go either way.

 

"I just think that Cleveland is this tough, crafty football team. New England's the best team in football right now. You're not going to get an argument from me on that. I just think on one Sunday, I think it's going to be a...

11/05/2010 - 7:33am
LEEInks List: When sports and food go bad

Randy Moss' departure from Minnesota apparently was triggered by his rude behavior toward some employees who were catering a post-practice meal for the Vikings. This got us thinking about other infamous incidents in sports involving food. Who can forget then-Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens tossing items from a postgame buffet at a writer, an NFL assistant coach's naked trip through a fast food drive-through window, or Jim Schoenfeld's "Have another doughnut" rant at an NHL official? To read our complete list, head over to the LEEInks blog.


11/05/2010 - 6:19am
Mayo on D&C: Moss 'hospitable to staff here'

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning as part of WEEI's Patriots Friday. With the Patriots set to meet the lowly Browns on Sunday, Mayo was asked if Bill Belichick's rivalry with Eric Mangini has been used as motivation.

 

"We haven't really talked about Eric Mangini at all, to be honest with you," Mayo said. "It's just about how they beat the Saints, how they're a good team, how they have a great running attack. We need to go out and win this game."

 

Added Mayo: "The theme of the week is: Six games won't get you anywhere. That's our attitude, and we're fighting to keep winning."

 

The Cleveland attack is led by running back Peyton Hillis. "He's big guy, strong runner, and it will be a great challenge for me," Mayo said. Mayo added that Hillis weighs 250 pounds, while the linebacker checks in at...

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