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01/26/2012 - 5:17pm
Gronk (ankle) only DNP at Patriots' practice

FOXBORO -- The Patriots practice report for Thursday was the same as the "projected" report that was released on Wednesday, with tight end Rob Gronkowski being the only member of the 53-man roster who did not practice. Here's the complete rundown.

Did Not Practice
TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle)

Limited Participation
WR Deion Branch (knee)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (knee)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
DL Kyle Love (ankle)
G Logan Mankins (knee)
LB Rob Ninkovich (hip)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot)
WR Wes Welker (knee)
LB Tracy White (abdomen)

Full Participation
C Dan Connolly (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)

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01/26/2012 - 4:54pm
Herzlich: 'This was always the dream'

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Former Boston College All-American and current Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich spoke to the media at his locker after practice Thursday. Herzlich, a cancer survivor, was asked about his journey to Super Bowl XLVI.

"Two years ago I was in a hospital chair getting chemo, so it's a big turnaround," Herzlich said. "It was about keeping a dream alive, and this was always the dream. To maybe play in a Super Bowl, it's unreal. It was really about never being satisfied with what I was told wasn't possible. It's cool, because it's the same mentality our team has. Everybody in this room truly believed we could make it here and now truly believes we can win."

Herzlich was inactive for the NFC championship game, but said that his injured ankle is "fine" and would be ready to play in the Super Bowl if the Giants decide to use a roster spot on the rookie, who had 12 tackles as a linebacker...

01/26/2012 - 4:23pm
Sox designate Atchison for assignment
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox made the signing of outfielder Cody Ross official on Thursday and announced that they have designated reliever Scott Atchison for assignment in order to make room for Ross on the 40 man roster.

Atchison, 35, made 17 appearances for the Red Sox last season, posting a 3.26 earned run average in 30 1/3 innings with a 1-0 record. 

For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox.


01/26/2012 - 4:16pm
Report: Sox offer Oswalt $5 million
By: DJ Bean

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Red Sox have offered free agent starting pitcher Roy Oswalt a one-year deal worth "about $5 million" and "seem to be in the same position with Edwin Jackson."

Oswalt, 34, made 23 starts for the Phillies last season, going 9-10 with a 3.69 earned run average and 93 strikeouts. He had a 2.93 ERA and 193 strikeouts in the previous season between Houston and Philadelphia. 

Jackson, 28, tossed 199 2/3 innings last season between the White Sox and the Cardinals and posted a 3.79 ERA with 148 strikeouts. He has played for five teams since the start of the 2008 season. 

For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox.


01/26/2012 - 4:03pm
Nicks, Bradshaw sit out practice for Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and running back Ahmad Bradshaw were among those held out of practice for the Giants on Thursday.

Nicks injured his shoulder during in NFC championship game victory over the 49ers. Bradshaw has been limited with an injured foot for much of the season. Tom Coughlin said earlier this week that he expects both to play in the Super Bowl.

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