Hines Ward missed Sunday's 25-17 Steelers win over the Patriots with an ankle injury, but the veteran wide receiver told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he might have tried to play if he held the New England secondary in higher regard.
"I probably could have forced it and played but we have some great wideouts," Ward said. "I wasn't really concerned. And against the Patriots, we felt we could exploit their secondary. That wasn't the same secondary that we played against a year ago without having [James] Sanders, [Brandon] Meriweather wasn't back there and they let Leigh Bodden go. We kind of liked our matchups. So there was no need for me to try to force it and go."
The Patriots rank 32nd in the NFL in both total yards and passing yards allowed. Ben Roethlisberger completed 36 of 50 passes for 365 yards in the...
Speaking with the media for the first time in nearly two weeks amidst his cold start to the season, Bruins right winger Nathan Horton touched on how things have been for him to begin his second season of the Bruins. Horton heavily implied that his struggles are somewhat related to the concussion he suffered in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Canucks.
Horton is long removed from symptoms of his concussion, which ended his postseason, but he said that he still hasn't gotten back to feeling satisfied with his game since the hit from Aaron Rome.
"I'm still trying to get my game back," Horton said. "I obviously don't feel 100 percent out there. I'm not myself, you know? I'm just trying to get that back. Last game, I thought we played better. Hopefully we can build off it."
Asked specifically whether he was dealing with anything physical, Horton replied, "No, no."
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.
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...
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...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
The producer search is over now that Paul and Ken have accepted the job. With their new found job security, they are free to bitch about working three A-holes, the Lucy charade, and the process behind getting the gig.More from this show