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11/30/2010 - 2:26pm
Brady among those missing at practice

FOXBORO — The following players were missing from the start of Patriots practice Tuesday afternoon: quarterback Tom Brady, cornerback Jonathan  Wilhite, offensive lineman Stephen Neal, defensive lineman Myron Pryor, defensive lineman Ron Brace and defensive lineman Mike Wright.

While most of the other players have been dogged by various injuries over the previous week or so — including Brady, who has had a foot problem as of late — Brace's absence is his first in some time. No Brace, as well as Pryor and Wright, leaves the New England defensive line a little thin at practice Tuesday afternoon.

The practice session, which is being held in full pads, is on the upper practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. New England is preparing for a Monday night showdown with the Jets.

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


11/30/2010 - 2:14pm
Felipe Lopez declines Sox arbitration offer

Free agent infielder Felipe Lopez declined the Red Sox' offer of salary arbitration, meaning that the team will receive a compensatory draft pick in the sandwich round should he sign with another club. Lopez signed with the Sox for the last nine days of the season after he was released by the Cardinals in September. The Padres claimed him on release waivers, but Lopez declined, instead electing to sign with the Sox (who not only paid him the remainder of what he was owed for the 2010 season, but also added a team option, which they subsequently declined).

 

Lopez played in four games for the Sox, going 4-for-15. He was one of three free agents -- along with catcher Victor Martinez and third baseman Adrian Beltre -- who was offered salary arbitration by the Sox. Martinez already signed with the Tigers and Beltre is almost certain to decline as well. Both Martinez and Beltre, as Type A free agents, would entitle the Sox to two compensatory...

11/30/2010 - 1:59pm
Belichick responds to Ryan's comments

FOXBORO -- Reacting to the quote from Jets coach Rex Ryan saying he came to New York to “kick his ass,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick acknowledged there is no love lost between the two teams.

“Sure, that’s understandable,” he said Tuesday. “Hey, there is no love lost out there between those two teams. We both want to win. That’s what we’re here for — the Jets and the Patriots, both teams are walking out on the field to come out victorious. Is that a big news story? Is that something we didn’t know? The Jets want to win the game? The Patriots want to win?”

Ryan told Newsday’s Bob Glauber on Monday, “As much as I respect and admire Bill Belichick, I...

11/30/2010 - 1:18pm
Crumpler: 'We've been told to play football'

FOXBORO -- Don't expect to hear any trash-talking from Gillette Stadium and the Patriots — at least in the week leading up to next Monday night's showdown between the Patriots and Jets.

 

Jets coach Rex Ryan had some fun on Monday when he said he and Tom Brady have one thing in common: glamorous wives. There had not been any comments from the Jets in light of their 28-14 win over the Patriots in Week 2 before Tuesday morning. Ryan, on Monday, told New York Newsday's Bob Glauber he wants badly to beat Bill Belichick and his Patriots: "I came here to kick his ass, and that's the truth."

 

"We've been told to play football," Patriots tight end Alge Crumpler said before Tuesday's practice. "That's all I'm worried about. I'm just going to play. I'm not worried about what's being said. 

 

"It is a big game," Crumpler said of the matchup of two 9-2 teams in the AFC...

11/30/2010 - 10:04am
Power Rankings: Pats, Jets on top

Heading into their showdown with the Jets, the Patriots retain the top spot in the latest edition of Joe Zarbano's NFL Power Rankings, followed by the Jets in second and the Falcons in third. This is the third straight week those three teams have been in the 1-2-3 spots in Zarbano's rankings.

 

Pittsburgh (four) and Baltimore (six) are also facing off this weekend, while the steadiest climbers have been the Chargers who crack the top 10 at No. 9.

 

Check out all the Power Rankings at It Is What It Is. For more Patriots news, go to the team page at weei.com/patriots.


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