FOXBORO -- Wes Welker returned to practice on Monday in full uniform on the practice fields outside Gillette Stadium.
Welker has not played in the last two games for what he termed Monday "personal issues" but returned to the practice field on Monday.
The Patriots practiced in shorts and shells in advance of their final preseason game on Wednesday night at MetLife Stadium against the Giants.
Among those not spotted Monday were running back Shane Vereen, linebacker Brandon Spikes, offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Matt Kopa, defensive back Will Allen and linebacker Tracy White.
Patrick Chung led a group of Patriots players who were at practice but only in shorts and t-shirts. Also in shorts were Jabar Gaffney, Stevan Ridley, Markus Zusevics and Myron Pryor.
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Red Sox DH David Ortiz said that he will get a PRP (plasma-rich platelet) injection within "the next couple days" in order to promote healing in his ailing right Achilles. According to the slugger, who went back on the disabled list on Monday (retroactive to Saturday), he was told by the Red Sox medical staff on Monday that a PRP injection will give him a 60-70 percent chance of healing within a couple weeks to the point where he can play again this year.
For that reason, Ortiz elected that treatment option rather than shockwave therapy (something that he plans to get after the season), a form of treatment that would prevent him from taking part in any baseball activities for four to five weeks, thus effectively ending his year.
"I live for this, and there's not one thing I would like to do more than to be out there for our fans and this organization," said Ortiz. "I'd like to be out there playing for this ballclub, my...
FOXBORO -- Wes Welker, who has not played in the last two preseason games for the Patriots, spoke Monday morning before practice. Welker spoke in front of his locker.
"A lot of it is personal issues, so I'll just leave it at that and let coach [Bill] Belichick take care of everything else," Welker said. "Just talk to coach on that."
Belichick was asked about Welker's absence, and as he did on Friday night after the preseason game in Tampa, the coach said Welker is "day-to-day" and would not elaborate on if the issues are injury related.
It is customary for a Patriots player not to address the media when he is nursing an injury.
Welker's comments come as tight end Aaron Hernandez reportedly agreed to a five-year, $40 million extension on Monday, with $16.4 million guaranteed. The guaranteed money is nearly $7 million more than Welker is getting as a franchised player this season. ...
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal checked in with Mut & Merloni on Monday to talk about the Red Sox' blockbuster trade with the Dodgers.
Rosenthal admitted that the trade caught him by surprise.
"I thought there's no chance, there's no chance they take all that money -- the Dodgers -- and give up prospects," he said. "It just doesn't happen that way anymore. But as I wrote in the Dodgers article today … it's really a new model. It's only a model perhaps that the Dodgers could follow, but they know that to get premier talent -- and [Adrian] Gonzalez specifically -- that they had to do this."
Rosenthal said there is a consensus feeling around his baseball contacts that the Sox got the better of the deal.
"[By Saturday afternoon] I had talked to more than a half-dozen [baseball executives], and every one of them could not understand this from the Dodgers' perspective," Rosenthal said, adding: "No one...
Ryan Kalish was added to the Red Sox roster Monday as David Ortiz was placed on the disabled list with a right Achilles injury.
The injury-plagued Kalish is batting .203/.247/.241 in 25 games with Boston this season, and .261/.336/.414 in 27 games with Triple-A Pawtucket.
The Red Sox also activated Daisuke Matsuzaka, who will pitch against the Royals on Monday afternoon, and optioned reliever Pedro Beato back to Triple-A.
Beato, who was acquired from the Mets in the Kelly Shoppach trade, was called up Sunday and got the win in relief. He allowed two runs on three hits in two innings vs. the Royals (both of the runs scored after he left the game with the bases loaded).
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Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 4. Trenni, Kirk, and Gerry discuss the upcoming Red Sox season. Michael Irvin is being investigated for sexual assault, again. Renee Graham, from the Globe, thinks Michael Che is right about Boston being racist.
Hour 3. Trenni battles Gerry on immigration. Joe Mixon’s future is discussed. Curtis will get a second chance at music trivia on Friday.
Hour 2. Trenni, Gerry, and Kirk discuss Joe Mixon’s draft chances. A horrible hazing story from Texas is the topic in headlines. Keefe responded to Kirk (kind of).
HOUR 4 - The guys talked about Tuukka's rebound game last night against the Predators, Glenn had a squirrel moment when ESPN started talking about Joe Mixon, Tom Brady was compared to Kobe Bryant, and Holley says the Celtics can win the title.
HOUR 3 - Did Butler's camp screw up Butler's situation? Glenn exposes one of Fauria's verbal crutches. The guys try to come up with some new podcast names and ideas.
HOUR 2 - Fauria struggles to read the "Trending Now." Dave Dombrowski is getting defensive about the fact that all his free agent pitching acquisitions are getting injured. Hanley forgets which shoulder he hurt 2 years ago. Lou loses it when John Farrell makes up some new baseball lingo.
We close out the show with the best sound clips of the day.
We finish the show with the best sound of the day.
Holley and Keefe discuss Tom Brady's future and if it's possible to see Brady playing for 6-7 more years.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis have the Tuesday & Wednesday recap from the K&C show, including Kirk's epic rant at Dale & Holley with Keefe.
Rich Keefe is joined by Dale Arnold and Ben Kichen to preview WrestleMania 33. Is it a good card? What will be the best match? Plus Ryan Davey is in for "This Week in #DORK" with a look a couple new trailers and the always great "Black Panther Reads #DORK iTunes Reviews."
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill go over the difficulties of staying healthy through the long grind of the playoffs in the NBA and in the NHL.
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