FOXBORO -- Aaron Hernandez (knee) and Sebastian Vollmer (back) were ruled out of Sunday's Patriots game after both missed practice on Friday, while defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (back) and cornerback Ras-I Dowling (hip) were listed as questionable. Both Dowling and Haynesworth did not participate in practice on Friday. The team released its practice report on Friday afternoon before leaving for Oakland in the afternoon for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Here’s the complete Friday injury report for the Patriots.
Did Not Practice
DL Albert Haynesworth (back) Questionable
TE Aaron Hernandez (knee) OUT
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back) OUT
DL Mike Wright (concussion) OUT
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip) Questionable
CB Kyle Arrington (chest) Questionable
CB Leigh Bodden (groin) Questionable
S Patrick Chung (hand) Questionable
Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said in a press release Friday afternoon that "there are no plans for an immediate announcement" regarding the status of manager Terry Francona. The manager and GM met with team principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner Friday morning at Fenway Park to discuss Francona's future in the aftermath of a season-ending, 7-20 September collapse that left the Red Sox outside of the playoffs for the second straight season.
“John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherington and I met with Terry Francona this morning at Fenway Park to exchange thoughts and information on the 2011 season and discuss areas for improvement going forward," Epstein said in a statement. "We all plan on taking some time to process the thoughts expressed in the meeting. There are no immediate plans for an announcement.”
Francona is at the end of a three-year contract, with the team holding a...
FOXBORO -- Patriots cornerback Ras-I Dowling was missing from the start of practice on Friday, joining Albert Haynesworth, Sebastian Vollmer, Mike Wright and Aaron Hernandez as players not on the field as the team prepares for the Raiders in Oakland on Sunday afternoon.
Dowling was limited on Wednesday and Thursday with a hip injury before missing Friday while Haynesworth (back), Vollmer (back), Wright (concussion) and Hernandez (knee) have all been out of practice this week.
The team practiced in shorts and shells on the lower grass field in preparation for the newly-sodded field at the Coliseum in Oakland. The Patriots leave Friday to travel cross country for their game on Sunday afternoon in the Bay Area.
MLB Network analyst and former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar checked in with the Mut & Merloni show Friday morning for his weekly chat about the Sox amid rumors that Terry Francona will not return as manager.
"It's quite shocking," Millar said, adding: "I don't know if this is a good move. I don't know if it's a bad move. Listen, Terry's a good guy. Players like playing for him. His door's open. Something happened this year, though. Something happened this year. It just didn't go the way it should have gone.
"Beyond the players' struggles, beyond the injuries, you just can't fail. You just can't fold up tent the way this team did in September. I don't know, I can't put my finger on it. But being around that club, it was just something -- something has changed, and maybe this move now is one of those things where it was a mutual thing, where Francona probably didn't feel appreciated. They didn't pick up the last two...
According to the New York Daily News, Red Sox owner John Henry scheduled a meeting with manager Terry Francona Friday morning to tell the skipper the team will not pick up his option for 2012 and '13. Daily News writer Bill Madden credits sources with the information and reports that the decision was Henry's and not general manager Theo Epstein's.
WEEI's John Dennis reports that the meeting was scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
Francona has managed the Sox since 2004, posting a 744-552 record over eight seasons and winning two World Series titles.
An earlier report from the Chicago Sun-Times indicated Francona was not planning to return to the team following a frustrating final month to the 2011 season.
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