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11/02/2011 - 1:44pm
Edelman practices, Welker, Fletcher miss

FOXBORO -- Patriots wide receiver/kick returner Julian Edelman was at practice on Wednesday as the Patriots began their on-field work for the Giants game Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Edelman was arrested and arraigned in Boston on Tuesday on charges of indecent assualt for an alleged groping incident at a Boston nightclub on Halloween. 

Another wide receiver, Wes Welker, was not spotted at the start of practice while linebacker Dane Fletcher, who missed all of last week with a thumb injury, also was missing from practice. 

Patriots owner Robert Kraft was in attendance at the practice. The team worked out in sweats and shells on the lower grass field outside Gillette. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


11/02/2011 - 1:43pm
Gammons: Sox won't get much from Cubs

MLB Network baseball analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday, as the Hot Stove season kicks into high gear.

The Red Sox and Cubs missed an MLB deadline to agree on compensation for Theo Epstein, but commissioner Bud Selig apparently decided to let things play out a little longer.

"I actually talked to Bud Selig yesterday and he said he thought that he needed to make a decision today," Gammons said. "He wasn't certain on it, and I think he was so giddy at getting into Los Angeles and knowing that [Dodgers owner] Frank McCourt was finally giving up that it was hard to concentrate on a minor league pitcher.

"From what I'm told, the studies that they have done on past compensation would lead me to believe that they won't get anything significant. I don't think it will be  any of the Cubs' better prospects. It might be two minor league pitchers, but not any of the guys that...

11/02/2011 - 12:46pm
Faulk on Edelman: 'I was in that situation'

FOXBORO -- Speaking at his locker Wednesday afternoon, Patriots running back Kevin Faulk empathized with Julian Edelman but said the team has moved on and won't let his arrest this week distract the team. 

"That's over with now," Faulk said. "We're focused on the Giants right now. It happened. The worst thing that could happen, happened. Now it's over. Keep letting everyone else talking about it. Don't worry about it. You've got a game to play on Sunday. I was actually in that situation during the offseason a few years ago, so it's one of those things, forget about it. It already happened already. Move on."

Faulk was referencing his arrest on marijuana possession at a Lil Wayne concert in Louisiana in February 2008. Faulk was given a one-game suspension to start the 2008 season for violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

As for Bill Belichick, he steadfastly refused any comment on Edelman's arrest for indecent...

11/02/2011 - 12:44pm
Davis: 'Take the 51% man and let's play'

With talk of union in-fighting beginning to dominate the news surrounding the NBA lockout, Celtics free agent forward Glen Davis took to Twitter to express his desire to agree to a new labor deal when he wrote:

Take the 51% man and let's play

In their last bargaining session, the NBA said that it offered the players 50 percent of the revenue, while the players were standing on 52.5. It's unclear whether the owners will move to 51, but there is some sentiment that they could make that move to end the lockout. With less money available for salaries and a tighter cap system, a new labor deal will have a profound affect on players like Davis who is a free agent

There are no meeting scheduled, but the two sides are in court to argue whether a complaint filed by the NBA against the players union should be dismissed. Executives from the NBPA are...

11/02/2011 - 12:42pm
Haynesworth: Problems stem from execution

FOXBORO -- Patriots defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth said Wednesday morning that the defensive problems that New England has been having this season are a question of execution.

"I don't know if we overthink it. I just think we need to execute," he said Wednesday before practice. "We prepare well here. It's one of the most outstanding teams in terms of how we prepare. We want to be prepared better than the other teams. We just need to execute."

The Patriots defense struggled Sunday in a 25-17 loss to the Steelers. Pittsburgh was 10-for-16 on third down, had five scoring drives of 10 plays or more and finished with 427 net yards. Haynesworth said the Pats are doing an "all right" job stopping the run but need to bring more pressure on the quarterback.

"People think we're going to dwell on it. You know, after every game, you feel the same -- you have things that you did well and things you have to improve...

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