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07/25/2011 - 1:59pm
NFLPA unanimously ratifies labor deal

Following a Monday conference call, the NFLPA unanimously ratified the new 10-year collective bargaining agreement. The agreement will now go to the plaintiffs in the Brady vs. NFL lawsuit, and if they sign off on the settlement — and they have already agreed to sign off on the deal — the NFL is close to ending its four-month lockout, the longest work stoppage in NFL history, with training camps expected to open sometime later this week. For more updates, check out weei.com/patriots.


07/25/2011 - 12:08pm
Pats expected to open camp Wednesday

According to multiple reports, the Patriots will open their training camp Wednesday. Under terms of the deal being considered by players, teams will be allowed to open camps 15 days before their first preseason game. That means the Patriots would join the Broncos, Cardinals, Cowboys, Chargers, Eagles, Jaguars, Raiders, Ravens and Seahawks as first to open. On Thursday, the 49ers, Bengals, Buccaneers, Chiefs, Dolphins, Falcons, Lions, Redskins, Saints and Steelers would start workouts, followed by the Bears, Bills, Browns, Colts, Giants, Packers, Panthers, Rams, Titans and Vikings on Friday. The Jets and Texans would be the last to open, starting camp on Sunday.

Also, ESPN is reporting that teams will be able to sign free agents and rookies starting Tuesday.

The Patriots are scheduled to open the preseason on Thursday, Aug. 11, with a game in Foxboro against the Jaguars.

For more Patriots news, visit the team page at...

07/25/2011 - 9:29am
Report: NFL players, owners have agreement

Multiple media reports indicate that the players and owners reached an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement early Monday morning, pending the approval of the NFLPA executive committee and the players reps, which is expected to come later Monday. (The NFLPA leadership is scheduled to hold a conference call late Monday morning.) While there differing accounts as to what the league timeline will be going forward, many reports indicate that NFL facilities will open as early as Tuesday and training camp could start for teams as early as Thursday, with free agency starting later in the week.

For more updates, check weei.com/patriots.


07/25/2011 - 7:46am
Mashup: Favre to Eagles a 'long shot'

A hot rumor over the weekend was that 41-year-old Brett Favre would join the Eagles as a backup to Michael Vick. Sunday morning, this tweet appeared on Vick's account but was later removed: I would be honored to have Brett Favre as a backup. That will be amazing learning how to toy with defenses the way he did his whole career. According to The Inquirer of Philadelphia, the move is unlikely to happen, with an Eagles source referring to it as the longest of long shots.

Read about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.


07/24/2011 - 6:36pm
Report: J.D. Drew heading to DL

According to Sean McAdam of CSN New England (via twitter), Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew will be placed on the disabled list on Monday due to an impingement in his left shoulder. The Boston Globe reported earlier on Sunday that the condition required an MRI recently.

Drew, 35, is hitting .219 with a .317 OBP, .305 slugging mark and .622 OPS this year. He has not played since Tuesday. While Drew had recently been supplanted by Josh Reddick as the starting right fielder, the Sox are a bit thin at the position right now. The only minor league outfielder who is currently on the 40-man roster is Ryan Kalish, who has not played since April while recovering from a shoulder and then neck injury.

However, in addition to the starting outfield of Reddick, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford as well as backup Darnell McDonald, the team does have Yamaico Navarro (who played both outfield corners in...

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