FOXBORO -- Patriots personnel director Nick Caserio confirmed Tuesday that injured linebacker Dane Fletcher was released as an "injured" player while the team reached an injury settlement before releasing wide receiver Britt Davis. The two moves leaves the roster at 88, two short of the camp maximum.
As per NFL collective bargaining rules, Fletcher's waiver release due to injury means he can be re-instated to the Patriots injured reserve list if he clears waivers while Britt Davis cannot since a settlement was reached in his case.
The waiver process allows any NFL team to claim Fletcher, who tore the ACL in his left knee on the first punt of Thursday night's preseason opener against the Saints. The Patriots claimed Giants tight end Jake Ballard under similar circumstances after his injury in Super Bowl XLVI.
"Anytime you remove a player from your roster, you designate them "X" amount of ways,"...
Former Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra was in Boston when he heard about the death of franchise icon Johnny Pesky. "It was like a punch to the gut," Garciaparra said in an interview with Mut & Merloni.
"Johnny has something very unique in the world," Garciaparra said. "When you're around him, he made you smile."
Garciaparra said that when he came to Boston from California, "I really didn't know what it mean to wear that Red Sox uniform, and that's where Johnny Pesky comes in. He really taught me and taught so many others what it meant to wear that uniform."
The thing that stood out for him were the stories and the time Pesky would spend with players.
"A gentle man like him and soul that would take the time to not only make you better but also take time aside from that to talk to you," Garciaparra said. "You would it down and just be intrigued by the...
Orioles general manager Dan Duquette joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday morning to discuss his team's surprising emergence as a contender this season. The former Red Sox GM also took stock of his former team's struggles. The Orioles currently have the fifth-best record in the American League, putting them in the lead for the second AL wild card spot; the Red Sox lag 5 1/2 games behind them.
"They have a great lineup. I don't know that their starting pitching is as strong as they had envisioned it," said Duquette of a team whose rotation has a 4.80 ERA, 26th in the majors. "When your starting pitching isn't the foundation of your team, it's tough to overcome."
Asked how his own team can be enjoying so much success at a time when the Orioles have a negative run differential, Duquette suggested that the late innings have offered Baltimore a competitive advantage.
"Our bullpen's good. When we...
Longtime Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has been through a great deal of turmoil during his time under the Steinbrenner family. Ian O'Connor of ESPN New York dives into Cashman's legacy, and his resume of personnel decisions.
Last fall, Hal Steinbrenner gave his GM $9 million over three years to continue making the calls he first started making in February of 1998, when a 30-year-old Cashman replaced Bob Watson and immediately confessed he was an administrator who didn't count personnel evaluation among his strengths.
Somehow George Steinbrenner didn't fire him on the spot, and somehow Cashman has bridged the transition to Hal. After surviving an eight-year championship drought, two historic titles in Boston, and a playoff-free season in 2008, Cashman sees a chance to enhance his front office legacy.
He won his fourth ring as GM in 2009, spending zillions on Sabathia and Mark...
FOXBORO -- Just four days after reportedly tearing the ACL in his left knee, the Patriots waived linebacker Dane Fletcher Monday, according to ESPN. The team also released wide reciever Britt Davis, who reportedly injured his shoulder in Thursday night's preseason opener.
Fletcher was a starting inside linebacker in Thursday's game against the Saints but injured the knee on the first punt of the game, a play that was nullified on a Saints penalty.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said during a conference call on Friday that the injury to Fletcher was "unfortunate because he's worked hard. He had a really good offseason and training camp."
Belichick sounded an ominous tone when he said the knee injury "didn't look very good" and meant "he might be out awhile."
There was a procedural aspect of Monday's move. If the team had waited two weeks, he would not have needed to clear waivers in order...
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 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.
Dale, Holley, and Keefe discuss the Hernandez trial and then address Malcolm Butler and the Patriot off season decisions.
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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