FOXBORO -- Tight end Kellen Winslow was among five players not spotted at the start of Patriots practice in full pads on Thursday on the grass fields outside Gillette Stadium.
Winslow was seen at Patriots practice on Wednesday and was not on the injury report. Winslow has often received days off in the past with previous teams as a way to rest his chronically sore right knee.
Also not spotted at practice for a second straight day were Logan Mankins (hip), Aaron Hernandez (ankle), Justin Francis (ankle) and Julian Edelman (left hand). Defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick did return after missing the last week, including Wednesday, with an ankle issue.
Tom Brady was spotted at practice on Thursday after being limited with a right shoulder issue on Wednesday.
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Speaking on a conference call following the league's agreement with its officials, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expressed an apology to the fans for what the product was in the first three weeks of the season due to replacement officials.
"Sorry to have to put our fans through that," Goodell said of the first three weeks.
Replacement officials made controversial calls in a number of games, but a botched call and subsequent review that cost the Packers in a win in Monday night's game against the Seahawks prompted accelerated negotiations between the league and its officials, with an agreement being reached in time to have the regular officials begin Week 4 on Thursday.
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Washington Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter will be the next manager of the Houston Astros, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Porter is expected to be introduced at a press conference Thursday morning at Minute Maid Park.
Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar interviewed for the position, the second time he has done so. Bogar first interviewed for the job as Astros manager prior to the 2010 season, losing out to former Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills, who compiled a 171-274 record over two-plus seasons before being fired in August. Bogar also interviewed for the Blue Jays managerial position after the 2010 season, a job that eventually went to former Sox pitching coach John Farrell.
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Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday morning. Understading Cherington wouldn't specifically address if manger Bobby Valentine would return in 2013, Gerry Callahan asked if Cherington would move quickly should the decison be made to fire Valentine.
"I'd always rather get the decision right rather than rush it," Cherington said. "But I think that what we know we need to do is hit the ground running in this offseason. One of the things, as I look back at last offseason, that didn't go perfectly was simply the amount of time that we spent on the manager search and what that did to the rest of the offseason. I would like to spend less time on it this offseason, that's for sure."
Jon Lester allowed three runs in six innings in Wednesday's defeat to the Rays, dropping his record to 9-14 on the season. With a career-worst 4.94 ERA to go with the 9-14 record, Cherington was...
In Thursday's Morning Mashup, we have a photo of the new risque Nets cheerleading outfits, comments from Golden Tate about his "catch" and a broiling controversy between the Jets and Dolphins after their game Sunday.
Reggie Bush took offense to Rex Ryan's "hot sauce" comments made prior to the contest. Last week, Ryan said his defense needed to pour hot sauce on Bush to slow him down. Bush, who left the game with an injury, felt that implied the Jets were out to intentionally harm him.
Via ESPN New York:
"I think (Bush) took it out of context," Jets linebacker Calvin Pace said. "It wasn't about hurting him. We didn't want to do anything malicious. You want to get hits on a running back. It's like boxing. You want body shots and, hopefully, it wears on him to the point where you don't see him as much."
What occurred after Bush's injury fueled speculation that the Jets deliberately...
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Rob Bradford is joined by Lou Merloni to talk life in spring training, his toiletries, sleeping arrangements, and facing off with Red Sox personnel that he might have been critical of. Rob and Lou also get into the dynamic of electronic and print media when it comes to ripping the Red Sox.
Pete, Bradford, and Tomase are talking all about the Boston Red Sox, who opened spring training on Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting. They talk about what the Red Sox approach at the plate will be to replace the loss of David Ortiz bat, the impact of some players participating in the WBC, and of course the pitching rotation.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Evan Drellich joins the show. A fight for the ages ensues.
Hour 3. Kirk and Gerry react to their interview with Sale.
Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale joins the show.
Lou interviews JBJ, who talks about playing in a young outfield, and why he changed his number.
David Aldridge appeared on NBA TV to say that the Bulls don't want to trade Jimmy Butler to the Celtics for just picks. They want Jae Crowder, too.
Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report, thinks that the GM's around the league are positioning to make a run at Jimmy Garoppolo.
Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss the rumored increase in interest in Jimmy Garropolo and try and figure out what they'll get if they complete a trade for him.
Based on this string of tweets and his desire to fully test the free agent waters, it certainly seems logical that Marty Bennett will not remain with the Patriots for next year.
Dale, Keefe and Holley discuss the Celtics needs as the deadline looms. Even a minor move might make the team better.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Michael Holley for the first time on the podcast. Kirk and Michael have hosted shows together in the past but have never had a candid conversation about WEEI. Kirk and Michael talk about Holley's career in radio, his best selling books, and what his assessment of the current WEEI is. There are a lot of interesting behind the scene nuggets for anybody who has listened to WEEI over the years. This episode is brought to you by hellofresh.com. For Enough About Me listeners go to hellofresh.com and use the promo code kirk35 for $35 off your first week of deliveries.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey talk best and worst movie/TV presidents. Plus the always important "This Week in #DORK" and the Pick of the Podcast.
Ken Laird is in Boston, Chris Curtis in Ft. Myers and the guys find a way to produce a Tuesday post-show recap of K&C on location at Red Sox camp
The reigning American Cy Young Award winner (Rick Porcello) and Red Sox set-up man (Joe Kelly) share a meal, some drinks, stories and conversation with Rob Bradford at Twin Peaks Restaurant in Fort Myers.
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