FOXBORO — Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed the fact that outside linebacker Derrick Burgess was unexpectedly absent from the first day of training camp on Thursday.
Speaking at his Friday morning press conference, Belichick sounded like he was caught slightly off guard by the fact that Burgess wasn’t in attendance at either practice on Thursday. According to reports, the 31-year-old is contemplating retirement.
“Derrick wasn’t here yesterday, and we expect him to be here,” Belichick said. “We’ll just deal with it going forward.
“I’m not sure I know all the information I need to know,” added the coach. “We’ll take it day-by-day.”
Burgess was not around, and in his place, the Patriots used a variety of players at his outside linebacker spot, including rookie Jermaine Cunningham and veteran Pierre Woods.
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Multiple outlets are reporting that wide receiver David Tyree has signed a one-day contract with the New York Giants and will officially announce his retirement Friday morning.
Tyree made perhaps the signature play in the Giants Super Bowl XLII upset win over the Patriots, a fourth-quarter 32-yard reception with the ball pressed against his helmet and Rodney Harrison draped all over him. That play was key in what would prove to be the game-winning drive, as Eli Manning found Plaxico Burress for a 13-yard TD four plays later to give the Giants a 17-14 lead. Tyree, who had just four catches during the 2007 regular season, also caught a TD pass at the start of the fourth quarter to give the Giants a 10-7 lead.
Tyree did not play in 2008 (knee injury) and was released by the Giants in training camp last season. He signed with the Ravens and played 10 games on special teams.
The wait for Bruins right winger Blake Wheeler is finally over. A source has confirmed to WEEI.com that Wheeler received a $2.2 million award in arbitration Thursday night. The Boston Globe was the first to report the story.
The 23-year-old forward and the Bruins were expected to be made aware of the award by award by noon on Thursday, but the arbiter had her hands full with Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi's hearing and delayed the decision.
"The decision came in the range we expected. There were no winners or losers in this case," Wheeler's agent, Matt Keator, told WEEI.com. "Blake is excited for camp and ready to go."
The Bruins now have 48 hours to sign Wheeler to the $2.2 million. Should the Bruins agree to the awarded salary, they will retain Wheeler for the upcoming season, after which he will become a free agent. Keeping him would open a second buyout window, which...
According to Alex Kennedy of hoopsworld.com, the Celtics have signed guard Von Wafer to a one-year deal. Kennedy reports that the deal is fully guaranteed for the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million.
Wafer averaged 9.7 points in 19.4 minutes per game for the Rockets in 2008-09. He played for Olympiacos of the Greek League last season.
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