CHESTNUT HILL -- An injured right foot is the latest physical hurdle Mark Herzlich has to clear to return to the game he loves.
The fifth-year senior All-American linebacker and Butkus Award finalist was in line to return from his successful bout with Ewing's sarcoma - a rare bone cancer - when he was diagnosed with a broken right foot and held out of practice at Boston College. Sources with knowledge of the injury say there is doubt as to whether Herzlich will be healed enough to play in the season opener against Weber State at home on Sept. 4 - something head coach Frank Spaziani confirmed Friday afternoon.
"Mark's situation is Mark's situation," Spaziani said. "When he's back, that's total speculation as far as I'm concerned. Until he gets out there and does it, we're all rooting for him. You have to take him out of the equation, I think."
Herzlich is undergoing tests to...
SPRINGFIELD - Charles Barkley, in Springfield for Hall of Fame weekend, talked Friday about the Celtics addition of Shaquille O'Neal. The TNT analyst -- part of the legendary 1992 Olympic squad being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year -- feels that the move was a "no-braner" for the Celtics.
"Don't forget, Shaq played very well last year," Barkley said. "I thought it was a very good pickup for the Celtics. Shaq played very well. He's going to help them a lot."
Barkley dismissed any notion that O'Neal would be uncomfortable in a potential backup role.
"Shaq does not have an ego," said Barkley of the 15-time All-Star. "When he first got to Miami, no problems and they won a championship. Didn't have any problems in Phoenix, Phoenix just didn't know what they were doing."
Barkley was asked about the temptation of the media to...
Guard Stephen Neal and running backs Sammy Morris and Fred Taylor joined the Dale & Holley show on Friday morning to talk about Patriots training camp and the first preseason game against the defending champion Saints.
"I think it was a good first step," Neal said of Thursday’s win. "We obviously have a long way to go. It’s still early, it was a first step to get out there under the lights and in front of a crowd. We have a lot of work to do, we’re just going to keep working hard and we’ll be better next week."
"We have a lot of depth that we are able to take the pounding off each other," Morris said of his health. "I’m doing pretty good, this is the lightest I’ve been as far as weight that I’ve come in in long time. So it’s pretty good and like I said, just trying to get better every day."
The 2010 Celtics preseason schedule is now available online, with games coming against Atlantic Division opponents.
Boston will see the Nets, the 76ers, the Raptors and the Knicks each twice.
For more information on the preseason schedule and the Celtics, visit the Green Street blog.
Patriots’ linebacker Jerod Mayo joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Friday morning to recap the first preseason game vs. the Saints and happenings around training camp.
“I think everyone is hungry. Sometimes when you get old, you get complacent,” Mayo said of the young players. “These guys are young, they’re hungry and they’re working the wire, that’s the biggest thing.”
"I feel like I’m trying to do the same thing that guys like Tedy Bruschi and Mike Vrabel did to me," Mayo said of being a mentor. "Those guys kind of took me under their wing and showed me the ropes, how do my section on and off the field. That’s what I’m trying to do with the young guys now, even though I’m a fairly young guy, I’m only on my third year."
Mayo also talked about possibly being named a captain this season....
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the big showdown between the 6-1 Denver Broncos and the 6-2 New England Patriots and the 16th edition in the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry.
Chris Price, WEEI.com, joins the show to talk about the Patriots upcoming game against Denver. Chris got in the the DB match-ups with Denver's receivers, some ideas on how to blitz Peyton, Welker's impact, and a prediction.
We check in with Peter King of SI and the MMQB and get his breakdown of Brady-Manning 16.
Its time to start the season for the Celtics! We talk about the things we like about the Celtics and the things we dont like very much. Plus Sam feels like a jerk for laughing at Julius Randle.
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
Description: Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.
We discuss the Bruins blown 2 goal lead against the Wild at the Garden and where they go from here with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
NESN's Andy Brickley joined the show following Boston's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Brick talked about Patrice Bergeron's line getting beat a lot, the Bruins' lack of focus in their 6 losses, and the big blow to the defense with Torey Krug's injury.
Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
John Buccigross discussed the World Series with the guys. Also, does he cry at movies?
The guys opened the show discussing the Giants 3rd World Series win in 5 years.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
NESN's Andy Brickley joined the show following Boston's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Brick talked about Patrice Bergeron's line getting beat a lot, the Bruins' lack of focus in their 6 losses, and big blow to the defense with Torey Krug getting hurt.
Christian impersonates Lou, and visits a psychic to ask all the import, Boston-sports-related questions.
Dale Arnold is fired up about the Bruins blown lead and lackluster play this season, and he doesn't mince words with Jerry Thornton when he talks about them with him, and your phone calls.
We talk Manning vs Brady... because the Broncos are playing the Patriots this weekend of course.
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin is joined by Joe Meloni of College Hockey News on the first episode of the College Puckcast. They talk about the wrist injury that will sideline Boston College defenseman Steve Santini until at least January, as well as the good start for Boston University and its star freshman, Jack Eichel. Other topics include fast starts for Vermont and UMass-Lowell and slow starts for Providence and Northeastern.
The morning show was having another great podcast, until the whole thing came to screeching halt. Halloween, Asian strippers and proctologists.
Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, spoke about how dangerous a healthy Rob Gronkowki is, and how stupid defensive coordinators are, when they continue to try and cover his with ONE guy. Rodney agrees with former teammate Tedy Bruschi, in that he does NOT think Vincent Jackson is a necessary addition.More from this show