Shaquille O'Neal will miss Friday night's game with the Bulls. It's the third straight game that Shaq has missed since colliding with Amar'e Stoudemire last week. Doc Rivers also said that Shaq may not make the team's road trip, which will take them from Oklahoma City to Dallas and then Miami and Memphis.
Also of concern for Rivers is the status of Rajon Rondo. The coach said that Rondo's feet have been bothering him, although he didn't specify an injury. Rivers said he wouldn't hesitate to take him out of the game if he looked like he was struggling.
The Celtics did receive a bit of roster relief from the league in regards to Delonte West who had counted as one of their 12 active players during his suspension. For the last five games of his suspension, West will now be listed among the inactives, although with injuries to Kendrick Perkins, Avery Bradley and now Shaq, the Celtics don't have 12 healthy players.
The Browns and coach Eric Mangini announced that Colt McCoy will make his third NFL start on Sunday against the Patriots as quarterback Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace both missed practice for a third straight day with ankle injuries.
Browns Injury Report for Friday:
Did Not Participate
QB Jake Delhomme (ankle) Doubtful
OL John St. Clair (ankle) Doubtful
QB Seneca Wallace (ankle) Questionable
DL Kenyon Coleman (knee) Questionable
DL Shaun Rogers (ankle) Questionable
LB Matt Roth (hamstring) Questionable
TE Alex Smith (ankle) Probable
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FOXBORO -- Tully Banta-Cain's absence from practice on Friday was not injury related and he is probable for this Sunday's game against the Browns in Cleveland. Meanwhile, running back Fred Taylor will miss his fifth straight game while safety Jarrad Page missed his second straight. Both have been ruled out. Linebacker Brandon Spikes was limited with a knee issue but is listed as probable. Deion Branch, Pat Chung and Matt Slater are all questionable for Sunday.
Patriots Injury Report for Friday:
Did Not Participate
S Jarrad Page (calf) OUT
RB Fred Taylor (toe) OUT
LB Tully Banta-Cain (not injury related) Probable
WR Deion Branch (hamstring) Questionable
S Patrick Chung (knee) Questionable
WR Matt Slater (ankle) Questionable
LB Brandon Spikes (knee) Probable
FOXBORO -- In a week that has featured the trash-talking episodes between Kevin Garnett and Charlie Villanueva of the Pistons and Andrew Bogut of the Bucks, Patriots receiver said Friday he would much prefer letting his play on the field do the talking.
"For me, I feel like there's a line," Welker said Friday. "I'm not really big into it unless it's one of those deals where you do get into the heat of battle but it's not really one of my fortes. There are things said. I think it just depends on the player and the guy out there. Some guys like to do it, some don't. You can get caught up in the emotion of the game and probably say some things you wish you had back.
Ray Allen of the Celtics said he cringes when he hears NFL players having a microphone on them during games and doesn't want to see the same thing in the NBA. Welker said Friday he can relate after wearing a microphone during a Patriots...
FOXBORO -- The NFL fined Patriots defensive lineman Myron Pryor $7,500 for his hit on Brett Favre, resulting in eight stitches under the quarterback's helmet.
There was no penalty called for the hit, which resulted in Favre being knocked out from the game with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. Favre did not return but did not sustain a concussion, as he passed tests performed Sunday night. Meanwhile, Gary Guyton was also fined $7,500 and penalized 15 yards for his hit on Favre late in the first quarter that helped set up Minnesota's first touchdown.
Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
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The guys opened the show by discussing the Presidents visit yesterday.
John Farrell has named Clay Buchholz the starter for Tuesday's opener. Koji and Christian Vasquez are already ruled out. Vasquez on the 60 day DL.
Wrestlemania was a trial run for Super Bowl 50. More Christian dog stuff. Superintendent in Chief William Gross of the BPD deals with some idiotic protesters after the fatal shooting in Roxbury on Friday night.
Shawn Thornton is now a member of the Panthers, who come to town tomorrow night. Thornton spoke about Claude Julien's control of the Bruins locker room, and his own team playing his former team on Tuesday night.
As the testimony of Hernandez' fiancee wrapped up today, we checked in with attorney Michael McCann for all the latest developments and analysis.
We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed throughout the day.
We listen in on Adam Shefter's deflategate report on NFL Live on ESPN, and discuss when we can expect this whole mess to come to a head.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
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Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.
Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.
Mike Mulloy joins Chris in the studio to talk Raw and Wrestlemania.
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