Wide receiver Wes Welker, outside linebacker Shawn Crable and defensive lineman Kade Weston have all placed on the active/physically unable to perform list by the Patriots, according to a league source. All three players are eligible to come off the list at any time, but in doing so, the team has left open the possibility that they could start the regular season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list — which would force them to miss the first six weeks of the regular season. While they are on the PUP list, it also frees up roster spots.
Welker, who had surgery to repair a turn left anterior cruciate ligament in February, is reportedly ahead of schedule in his rehab process, while Crable has been dogged by injuries in his two seasons with the team (he has ended both years on injured reserve) while Weston, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 draft, dealt with a knee injury as a collegian.
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ESPN NFL insider Chris Mortensen joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to talk about news around the league. Touching on the Tom Brady situation, Mortensen insists that Brady is not happy despite reports that his contract talks with the team are progressing. "I think he'll always handle it like a pro, but I trust very much the people I talk to that he absolutely has not been happy about this situation," Mortensen said, adding, "Why would we expect Tom to be happy, making $6.5 million? It's not like they're going out there and signing a bunch of free agents to truly make this team better."
When pressed for more explanation of Brady's attitude, Mortensen said: "Here it is, getting ready to start a season, and he's scheduled to make $6.5 million. And on principal alone, he's not happy. It's business, but business always crosses a little over the personal line. He's not happy that he's had to wait this...
Lane Kiffin should have known better when he decided to tread on Tennessee territory. The former University of Tennessee coach, who became Public Enemy No. 1 in the Volunteer State for the way he left the Vols after just one season to take over at USC, is being sued by the Tennessee Titans for luring assistant coach Kennedy Pola from the NFL team. Read more about that story, plus find out why Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano still isn't being well received despite his public apology for his June 25 dugout tirade. It's all at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The return of catcher Victor Martinez after four weeks on the disabled list helped to deepen a Red Sox offense that had seemed dormant in his absence. Martinez drove in a run (marking the first run driven in by a Sox catcher in July) and David Ortiz smashed a pair of home runs -- his 35th career multi-homer game with the Sox -- to help lead the Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Angels.
After Adrian Beltre tripled to lead off the second inning, Martinez jumped on the first pitch he'd seen in more than four weeks, lining a run-scoring single to center against new Angels starter Dan Haren. One inning later, Ortiz ambushed a Haren fastball for a solo homer down the right-field line to give the Sox a 2-1 lead. Ortiz later crushed a two-run homer against reliever Fernando Rodney in the eighth inning, giving him 21 homers on the season.
That provided the Sox with all the offense they needed on a night when...
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Both benches were warned by home plate umpire Wally Bell after Angels reliever Fernando Rodney drilled Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre in the back with a 97 mph fastball on a 1-0 count. The plunking occurred one batter after Rodney had been taken deep by Red Sox DH David Ortiz, who crushed a 97 mph fastball into the stands in right-center for his second homer of the game, a two-run blast that gave Boston a 4-2 lead.
Beltre stood still in the box and glared at Rodney after being hit, with Angels catcher Mike Napoli and Bell stepping in front of Beltre. Red Sox manager Terry Francona -- and others on the Sox bench -- addressed Rodney in terms that would be unfit for nearby Disneyland.
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable previews Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks.
The voice of the Super Bowl Kevin Harlan joins the show to preview the Super Bowl and talk about some the Patriots games he has called.
Tom E Curran joins the show on Radio Row to preview the Super Bowl and talk about the fraud Roger Goodell.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Wrapping up the show's week on radio row.
Show favorite Mad Dog Russo joins the guys to look at Sunday's game and the response he has seen to deflategate.
Kravitz calls in to put a wrap on the deflategate this week's coverage. He details some of the twitter attacks he has received from Patriots fans.
Christian ran around Radio Row getting predictions form anyone he could find, which included being Green-Flied by Warren Sapp
Local Wiseguy Louie Merloni gives us the lines for Super Bowl XLIX
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins Lou, Christian and Tim to talk about all the news surrounding Super Bowl XLIX
We help you gamblers out there by breaking down some Super Bowl Prop Bets.
Kevin Harlan talks about some of his famous calls from Patriots games and previews the Super Bowl live from Radio Row.
Tom E Curran joins the show on Radio Row to preview the Super Bowl and give his prediction for the big game.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about Roger Goodell's state of the game address and question and answer period from earl
Mikey and Mut are gearing up for the Super Bowl on the final show before the Patriots take on the Seahawks.
DeOssie joins Mut from Arizona to talk about how big the hype has been for this year's Super Bowl in comparison to other Super Bowl games in the past and how Seattle's defense matches up against New England's offense.
Jim and Pete talk about the final football game of the 2014 season. It's the Patriots and the Seahawks, and there's still fantasy football to be played!
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
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