FOXBORO -- With the departure of linebacker A.J. Edds to the Indianapolis Colts, the Patriots filled his practice squad spot on Wednesday by bringing back defensive end Alex Silvestro and signing the rookie to the practice squad.
Silvestro, 6-feet-3, 267 pounds, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Rutgers on July 27 before being released on Sept. 3. He was in the final round of cuts with defensive lineman Gerard Warren, who was also brought back this week. Silvestro began his career at Rutgers as a linebacker before moving to defensive end and defensive tackle. As a senior in 2010, he had 56 total tackles, 14.5 for a loss, and 4.5 sacks.
The Colts placed safety Melvin Bullitt on injured reserve this week, prompting the move to sign Edds off of the Patriots practice squad.
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FOXBORO -- Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth returned to Patriots practice on Wednesday but Logan Mankins was a no-show due to illness as the Patriots began their on-field preparation for the Raiders in Oakland on Sunday afternoon. Here's the rest of the Patriots injury report for Thursday:
Did Not Practice
OG Logan Mankins (illness)
TE Aaron Hernandez (knee)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)
CB Kyle Arrington (chest)
S Patrick Chung (hand)
CB Leigh Bodden (groin)
DT Albert Haynesworth (back)
DL Shaun Ellis (knee)
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip)
LB Gary Guyton (hamstring)
LB Jerod Mayo (thigh)
P Zoltan Mesko (left knee)
WR Taylor Price (hamstring)
OL Ryan Wendell (calf)
S Josh Barrett (thumb)
LB Dane Fletcher (...
BALTIMORE -- On Wednesday afternoon, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that while it was not yet a 100 percent certainty that third baseman Kevin Youkilis would be out for the rest of the season, he suggested that the Sox and their three-time All-Star were nearing that point.
"I don’t know if it’s been ruled out. I think that the writing is kind of on the wall," said Francona. "I don’t think you’re going to see him play again. I wish he would, and he’s tried so hard and he’s been open to doing anything. I just don’t know that’s going to happen. I don’t think it’s 100 percent but it’s getting there."
That likelihood became a defined course of action on Wednesday, when the Sox placed Youkilis on the 60-day disabled list to free a spot on the 40-man roster for the return of right-hander Clay Buchholz, effectively ending the 32-year-old's season.
BALTIMORE -- Clay Buchholz, out for more than three months with a stress fracture of the lower back, will be activated from the 60-day disabled list and available out of the Red Sox bullpen on Wednesday night. Manager Terry Francona said that in an ideal scenario, the Sox would be able to use Buchholz as a reliever for an inning or two in a blowout situation.
Buchholz noted that his pitch limits will preclude him from starting. However, he suggested tat he was ready to try to help in relief.
"I feel like my pitches are there and my arm feels good," said Buchholz. "Obviously, I'm not going to be starting. I'll probably be sent out to the bullpen, and if a situation arises where I can get in the game, we'll go from there. ...
"I don’t think they’d let me [start] in the sense that I’d only be able to go an inning or so, a couple innings maybe," he added. "[But] to come in and get three...
Representatives from the NBA and the the player's association met in New York on Wednesday for the second day of talks on a new labor agreement. While the two sides appear to be finally engaging in actual give-and-take, NBA commissioner said the two sides, "We're not near a deal."
Talks will take a break for Rosh Hashanah, but are scheduled to reconvene in larger groups on Friday and plan to continue throughout the weekend. The latest round will feature more owners and star players who likely to attend, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.
Negotiations are at a critical stage with the start of NBA training camps originally scheduled for next week. The league postponed camps and cancelled the first week of preseason games through Oct. 15 last week. It is thought that it will take around 30 days from the time of an agreement to begin the...
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