FOXBORO -- Jabar Gaffney missed most of full pads practice on Wednesday afternoon after pulling up and grabbing his right quadriceps during one-on-one drills between wide receivers and cornerbacks.
Just 30 minutes into practice, Gaffney blew by Devin McCourty on a sideline route down the right side trying to catch a ball thrown by Tom Brady. Gaffney clutched at his right leg and limped off to the sideline on his own power. He was seen by the Patriots medical staff and then treated at midfield, where he remained with his pads off for the rest of practice. Team doctor Tom Gill and trainers spent several minutes with Gaffney before leaving him to rest on the sidelines.
Gaffney has been practicing with the starting unit for most of training camp, as he fights for a starting job in the deep Patriots receiving corps.
Also injured on Wednesday was backup defensive lineman Marcus Harrison, who left during 11-on-11 drills later in...
The Sox will have Nick Punto playing third base and batting ninth as they resume their series with the Orioles in Baltimore. It's Punto's first start since last Tuesday and just his third this month. Jarrod Saltalmacchia resumes his duties behind the plate and will catch Aaron Cook.
Also for the Sox, Cody Ross moves in the DH and Scott Podesdnik is back in right. Here's the rest of the lineup:
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In the wake of a reported meeting between players and ownership that was critical of Bobby Valentine, the Sox manager appeared as a guest on The Big Show and suggested that the team's organizational structure needs to change so that players don't feel compelled to take their gripes to management.
"I think it really needs fine-tuning," Valentine said. "They might have brought me in to adjust some of the culture was existing."
Valentine said that he was in a meeting with management prior to the players' meeting that was reported by Yahoo!
"I'm sure there was a meeting of the minds," Valentine said. "I don't want you to think that I show up every day at game time and sit in the corner of the dugout and when the game's over I fly away on my broomstick. I'm here at 2 p.m. and continuously talking with guys. I've had a couple of them already come in today. We'll talk about their stance or the pitcher's...
MLB analyst Buster Olney joined Mut & Merloni for his weekly Wednesday afternoon appearance to discuss Yahoo! Sports writer Jeff Passan's report on players meeting with ownership to complain about Bobby Valentine. Olney said the players should have spoken to general manager Ben Cherington as opposed to voicing discontent to the owners.
"It's a complicated question," Olney said. "I wrote a column today and I really think that in a perfect world [don't] have the players essentially go around Bobby, go around Ben Cherington, the general manager, and go straight to the owners. I don't think that's necessarily a good idea when you're talking about a chain of command. You want the communication to happen a level below ownership. I wrote today I think that John Henry should take a cue from what George Steinbrenner did in the fall of 2005 and basically give Brian Cashman the power to create a chain of command...
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, who broke the story about the Red Sox' meeting regarding players' displeasure with manager Bobby Valentine, joined Dennis & Callahan Wednesday morning and warned Red Sox Nation to prepare for more controversy as further details of the meeting leak out.
"These days, not just with baseball, not just with the Red Sox, things can stay secret only so long," Passan said. "As we know, as we've seen in the past, unfortunately for the Red Sox, things often do not end well there. In fact, they end -- I believe I used the words 'mushroom cloud.' I think this is the first bomb dropping. Certainly, there will be more."
Passan reported that players complained to ownership, and the bosses called a meeting in which players aired their grievances. Dustin Pedroia confirmed the meeting but implied that it was designed as a general discussion to improve the team. Passan says otherwise.
"The meeting wasn...
Fauria calls the boys to give his take on the game today and why he sees a Patriots victory on the horizon - although he says he's getting more and more nervous as kickoff approaches. He gets into the match-ups, "fire alarm-gate", how the Steelers D will approach the Pats - zone or man, and more.
The boys chat about the importance of the versatility of Dont'a Hightower and his impact on the Pats D throughout his career but especially this season.
Pete, Price and Jerry continue breaking down the AFC Championship and give their thoughts and analysis on Pats/Steelers.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
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Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
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.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
Hour 4. Bill Belichick holds his Friday press conference while Mut and Kirk try and play a game. Mut has a big announcement. Gerry calls in from the Inauguration on his crystal-clear cell phone.
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Old Friend Tim Benz joins OMF, and while they regale tales of dysfunction, Benz manages to predict that the Patriots will win Sunday.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian enjoy the festivities ahead of the Inauguration, and give their predictions for Patriots-Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian love how Bill Belichick reacts to the plethora of stupid questions he receives from the Media during his Press Conferences.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe spend the day discussing the AFC Championship.
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Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Uncle Buck, George from S**t Pats Fans Say, and Jerry Thornton talk about the Patriots history in the AFC Championship game, the big wins, the bad losses, and what it will take for the Pats to win another AFC Championship game.
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