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12/23/2010 - 4:52pm
Six absent from Patriots practice

FOXBORO — The Patriots had six players absent from practice on Thursday, including, linebacker Tully Banta-Cain, wide receiver Deion Branch, offensive lineman Dan Connolly and tight end Aaron Hernandez. Here's the complete report:

Did Not Practice
LB Tully Banta-Cain (groin)
WR Deion Branch (knee)
G Dan Connolly (concussion)
LB Jermaine Cunningham (calf)
TE Aaron Hernandez (hip)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)

Limited Participation
DL Ron Brace (concussion)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
DL Brandon Deaderick (shoulder)
NT Myron Pryor (back)

Full Participation
CB Kyle Arrington (elbow)

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


12/23/2010 - 2:41pm
Dlugach outrighted to Pawtucket

Infielder Brent Dlugach, who was designated for assignment by the Red Sox to make roster room for Bobby Jenks, has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket.

 

The 27-year-old Dlugach hit .258 with an on-base percentage of .303 in 117 games for the Tigers' Triple-A affiliate in Toledo in 2010. He was acquired by the Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations on November 4. 

 

For more Red Sox news visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


12/23/2010 - 2:26pm
Pats practice: Connolly, Branch miss

FOXBORO -- Dan Connolly, Deion Branch and Tully Banta-Cain were among those missing at Patriots practice on Thursday on the main Gillette Stadium field. Tom Brady did report and was present at the start of practice. 

 

Also out Thursday were tight end Aaron Hernandez, defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, and defensive lineman Mike Wright. The Patriots did get three defensive linemen back as Ron Brace, Brandon Deaderick and Myron Pryor returned on Thursday. Pryor has missed the last six games with a back injury. 

 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


12/23/2010 - 1:53pm
Johnson apologizes to Kraft, supports Rex

Jets owner Woody Johnson placed a call to Patriots owner Robert Kraft this week, apologizing for the accusation by Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff that the Patriots employed a special teams 'wall' along the sideline similar to the one that led to a coach tripping a Miami Dolphins player. 

 

In the Dec. 12 game, Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi stuck his knee into Nolan Carroll and was suspended indefinitely after general manager Mike Tannenbaum said new evidence had come to light. That evidence was that Alosi instructed the players to line up on the sideline to create a wall. Westhoff insisted that he did not give the order to Alosi and then went on a Chicago sportsradio station and accused the Patriots of doing something similar. 

 

"A number of teams do it," Westhoff said. "There is a pretty good team up north that lines their whole defense up when they do it, so it's...

12/23/2010 - 1:16pm
UPDATE: Brady reports to practice

FOXBORO -- For the second straight day, Tom Brady missed his media availability with flu-like symptoms but surprisingly made his way to Patriots practice as he continued preparations for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Orchard Park. 

 

"We have to do what we have to do, whatever it takes to get Tom up to full steam," Patriots receiver Deion Branch said before Thursday's practice. "If he needs to rest two or three days, that's what he has to do."

 

Brady did miss practice on Wednesday with flu-like symptoms but returned and practiced outdoors on the Gillette Stadium main field. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


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