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12/09/2011 - 6:29pm
Mayo fined $25,000 for hit on Orlovsky

FOXBORO -- According to multiple reports, citing a league spokesperson, Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo was fined $25,000 for a fourth-quarter hit on Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky in New England's 31-24 win last Sunday. Though Mayo was not flagged on the play, he was hit with the fine for a hit that was deemed to be in "the head and neck area."

Mayo has not incurred a single penalty during the season. Even so, with the NFL cracking down on helmet-to-helmet hits and emphasizing quarterback safety, the 25-year-old linebacker received his fine.

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is.  


12/09/2011 - 5:35pm
Vollmer out, Cunningham doubtful Sunday

FOXBORO -- Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer will miss his second straight game with a right foot injury as the team ruled him out in the injury report that was released Friday afternoon. Linebacker Jermaine Cunningham is doubtful after being limited with a hamstring injury while Marcus Cannon's absence Friday was not injury-related, according to the team. Rookie running back Stevan Ridley returned to full participation on Friday and is expected to be available Sunday. Friday's complete injury report is as follows:

Did Not Participate:
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot) OUT
OT Marcus Cannon (not injury related) Probable

Limited Participation:
CB Kyle Arrington (foot) Questionable
LB Jermaine Cunningham (hamstring) Doubtful
S Patrick Chung (foot) Questionable
C Dan Connolly (groin) Questionable
WR Julian Edelman (back) Questionable
LB Dane...

12/09/2011 - 4:56pm
Report: C's give Moore guaranteed deal

Guard E'Twaun Moore, taken out of Purdue in the second round of the 2011 draft, has agreed to a guaranteed deal with the Celtics that he will sign tonight, Moore and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told the Journal and Courier.

"The contract will be guaranteed," Bartelstein told the Journal and Courier. "E’Twaun is very excited. He is raring to go."

Second-round picks do not always received guaranteed contracts, but the Celtics appear ready to offer such a deal to Moore, the third-leading scorer in Boilermakers history. He averaged 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game as a senior in 2010-11. Moore played in Italy during the NBA lockout.

For a more in-depth look at the Celtics' bench,...

12/09/2011 - 2:30pm
Stephen A. on M&M: 'Rajon will get over it'

Radio host Stephen A. Smith joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday to discuss the big news in the NBA from the past couple of days.

Smith offered his view of the Chris Paul trade that was stopped by NBA commissioner David Stern.

"What [Stern] is saying about basketball decisions, he's alluding to the ability to sell the team and get the highest price possible for it," Smith said. "If you have Chris Paul as opposed to these guys, no, it doesn't make them a better team having Chris Paul as opposed to those guys. … The problem is, are they as marketable? Chris Paul is box office. And if you're trying to sell this franchise to a prospective owner, that prospective owner may want a marquee guy so that he can then make the decision as to whether or not he's going to keep Chris Paul in New Orleans or whether he's going to allow him to move on to another city.

"That's why David Stern stepped in and made the move that he...

12/09/2011 - 2:08pm
Vollmer, Cannon missing from Pats practice

FOXBORO -- A pair of offensive tackles were missing at the start of Patriots practice on Friday as Marcus Cannon and Sebastian Vollmer were not spotted on the upper grass fields. The Patriots worked in sweats and shells as they continued preparing for the Redskins this Sunday at FedEx Field. 

Vollmer has missed practice ever since injuring his right foot against the Eagles on Nov. 27 in Philadelphia. Cannon, a cancer survivor, has been active and in the lineup since making his NFL debut on Nov. 21 against the Chiefs. Friday marked his first absence since being cleared to join the team in workouts. 

The Patriots have been battling depth issues along the offensive line all season, as Cannon filled in for the injured Vollmer last Sunday. 

Rookie running back Stevan Ridley returned to practice on Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday for a personal matter. For more, visit the Patriots team page at...

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