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11/23/2011 - 11:03am
Edelman AFC Special Teams Player of Week

FOXBORO -- Julian Edelman has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his 72-yard punt return for a touchdown in Monday night's 34-3 laugher over the Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. 

With the Patriots leading 17-3 in the third quarter, Edelman took a punt at the Patriots 28 and shot up the middle, thanks in part to a key block from Ross Ventrone and outraced punter Dustin Colquitt for his second career punt return for a score. 

Edelman's first career TD punt return of 94 yards in the 2010 regular season finale vs. Miami on Jan. 2, 2011 is the longest in team history. He is the fourth Patriots player with two or more punt returns for a touchdown, joining Troy Brown (3), Irving Fryar (3) and Mike Haynes (2). Edelman has returned 44 punts for 603 yards during his Patriots’ career and leads the franchise with a 13.7-yard average.

Edelman also played over 10 snaps as a defensive back in dime packages and made one...

11/23/2011 - 10:51am
Brickley on D&C: Sabres must respond to B's

NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday, and most of the discussion centered around speculation that the Sabres will attempt to get revenge on Milan Lucic Wednesday night.

The last time the teams met, a Bruins victory on Nov. 12, Lucic collided with Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, who had left his crease to retrieve a loose puck. Some perceived it as a dirty hit by Lucic, but Buffalo did not react to it during the game. In Wednesday's game, however, the Sabres are expected to seek out Lucic and exact revenge, and Brickley said that it could happen right away.

"I'm hoping that we get a look at it right from the opening puck drop," Brickley said, adding: "It's either going to be a bloodbath right from the start or it's going to be a Wednesday night November game between two teams battling for first place or something in between. You never know what you're going to get. But the anticipation is...

11/23/2011 - 8:56am
Mashup: Tebow defends religious fervor

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow responded to criticism of his religious fervor -- most recently by former Broncos QB Jake Plummer -- by explaining why he is constantly praising Jesus Christ and making it clear he does not plan to stop.

“If you’re married, and you have a wife, and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to your wife, I love her, the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and have the opportunity? And that’s how I feel about my relationship with Jesus Christ,” Tebow said in an ESPN interview. “It is the most important thing in my life, so every opportunity I have to tell him I love him, or I’m given an opportunity to shout him out on national TV, I’m going to take that opportunity.”

Added Tebow: "I look at it as a relationship I have with him, I want to give him the honor and glory every time I get the opportunity. And then...

11/23/2011 - 7:51am
QB guru Martinez says Brady in pain

During his appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday, Tom Brady was asked how he was feeling. There had been a report indicating that he has a bone bruise near the elbow on his right arm and he's been wearing a black band below the elbow, but Brady assured the hosts there was nothing of concern.

"I’m fine. I feel great,” he said. “I feel as good as I’ve ever felt going into Thanksgiving time. I feel really good and excited about where we’re at and hopefully we can keep building on these wins."

However, according to Brady's longtime personal coach, Tom Martinez, the quarterback is showing obvious signs of an injury.

Speaking with...

11/22/2011 - 7:25pm
Belichick: Place on wins list 'flattering'
By: DJ Bean

Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on the Big Show Tuesday, discussing Monday's win over the Chiefs and the team's upcoming meeting with the Eagles. 

With Monday's 34-3 win over Kansas City Monday, Belichick surpassed former boss Bill Parcells and moved into ninth place on the all-time wins list. Belichick, who now has 184 career wins (including postseason) as a head coach, fondly recalled his days of working with Parcells and said he appreciated where he stands historically. 

"It's flattering to be on the list," Belichick said. "Anything that has to do with winning, I'm proud of. It's nice to be part of a winning statistic. I'll take that any day."

On the topic of defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, Belichick said it's been easy to increase his role over the years because of his willingness to stay on the field. Belichick said that isn't a common characteristic in defensive linemen, but that...

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