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09/05/2012 - 4:21pm
McDonald, Vereen DNPs Wednesday

FOXBORO -- The Patriots released their first injury report of the season on Wednesday, and offensive linemen Nick McDonald and running back Shane Vereen were listed as DNPs for Wednesday's practice. Meanwhile, tight end Daniel Fells, cornerback Sterling Moore (knee) and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) were all limited, while safety Pat Chung (shoulder) was listed as having full participation in the midweek workout. The Patriots open the regular season Sunday in Tennessee against the Titans.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


09/05/2012 - 3:19pm
Forbes: Pats second-most valuable NFL team

The Patriots are the second-most valuable NFL team, according to Forbes Magazine. The magazine says New England's franchise is valued at $1.64 billion, trailing only the Cowboys, who were valued at $2.1 billion. The Redkins ($1.6 billion), Giants ($1.47 billion) and Texans ($1.31 billion) round out the top five. 

Of the Patriots, Forbes writes: "The Patriots have sold out every game at Gillette Stadium since it opened in 2002 and have more than 60,000 people on a waiting list for season tickets. The Pats increased ticket prices this season for first time since 2008. Tom Brady and John Elway are the only QBs to start in 5 Super Bowls."

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


09/05/2012 - 2:20pm
Bobby V: 2012 'miserable,' wants to return

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, in an animated and contentious interview on The Big Show in which he suggested that he would like to punch radio host Glenn Ordway in the mouth, said that he would like to return to manage the Red Sox in 2013, even after a 2012 season that he characterized as a personally "miserable" one.

"This is what I chose to do. I think it's been miserable, but it's also been part of my life's journey," said Valentine. "You learn from misery."

Asked whether he was concerned about the ownership not commenting on whether he'd return next season, Valentine replied, "No, would it concern you?" 

He added that he would like to manage the Sox next season.  

"Of course," he said. "If that's what I'm asked to do, that's what I'm going to get paid to do." 

Valentine took particular issue to two questions. The first occurred when he was asked...

09/05/2012 - 1:56pm
Report: Winslow fails physical with Pats

FOXBORO -- Tight end Kellen Winslow will not be joining the Patriots anytime soon after failing his physical, according to a report by CSN New England. 

Winslow, 29, has chronic problems with his knees and was released last week by the Seahawks after reportedly refusing to take a pay cut. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end caught 75 passes last season but only two for touchdowns for the Buccaneers. Winslow - the sixth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Browns - seriously injured his right knee in a motorcycle accident in 2005. He has had several surgeries on the knee since, including microfracture surgery in 2007. 

Another tight end, Visanthe Shiancoe was also reportedly placed on injured reserve on Wednesday, and designated as the Patriots player eligible to return this season from IR as part of the new rule in the NFL this season. 

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09/05/2012 - 1:13pm
Brady 'desensitized' to Branch, Koppen cuts

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady has long ago given up trying to play the role of general manager for a football team. He admitted as much on Wednesday when he said he's become desensitized to releases like the ones that saw Deion Branch, Brian Hoyer and Dan Koppen cut as part of the Patriots final 53-man roster cutdown last Friday. 

"I mean, there’s turnover every year on our team, on every team, coaches players and staff and so forth, so I don’t think about it too much," Brady said. "I think I learned at a young age that you worry about what you can control and certainly playing quarterback and my attitude is what I think about on a daily basis. That’s pretty much it."

For Brady, he had Super Bowl winning experience with Branch and Koppen. But on Wednesday he said even with that experience, the front office is going to make the personnel decisions they feel are best for the team. 

"I think in some...

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