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09/29/2011 - 4:18pm
Haynesworth (back) sits out of Pats practice

FOXBORO -- Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth missed practice on Thursday with a back problem, but offensive lineman Logan Mankins was back in a limited role after missing Wednesday’s practice with an illness. Here’s the complete Thursday injury report for the Patriots:


Did Not Practice
DL Albert Haynesworth (back)
TE Aaron Hernandez (knee)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)

Limited Participation
CB Kyle Arrington (chest)
CB Leigh Bodden (groin)
S Patrick Chung (hand)
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip)
DL Shaun Ellis (knee)
LB Gary Guyton (hamstring)
OG Logan Mankins (illness)
LB Jerod Mayo (thigh)
P Zoltan Mesko (left knee)
WR Taylor Price (hamstring)
OL Ryan Wendell (calf)

Full Participation
S Josh Barrett (thumb)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)

For...

09/29/2011 - 1:47pm
Mankins returns to Patriots practice

FOXBORO -- After missing Wednesday with an illness, Patriots starting left guard Logan Mankins returned to the practice field on Thursday as the team worked out in shorts and shells in preparation for the Raiders this Sunday in Oakland. 

Patrick Chung was also at practice on the lower grass field, as he has made both practices this week while playing with a cast on his surgically-repaired right thumb. Missing from the start of practice were defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth (back), Sebastian Vollmer (back), Aaron Hernandez (knee) and Mike Wright concussion. All four players also missed practice on Wednesday. 

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


09/29/2011 - 1:26pm
Chung: 'I can play, I'll be ready'

FOXBORO -- Patriots safety Patrick Chung says he'll be ready to play this weekend in Oakland if coach Bill Belichick and the medical staff deem him fit enough to play with a surgically-repaired right thumb. Chung missed practice time last week and then was held out against the Bills as Buffalo exploited the secondary in the second-half comeback that led to a 34-31 win over the Patriots.

"I can play. I'll be ready to play and if coach wants me out there, I'm out there," said Chung on Thursday.

"It's not my decision, I'm just working hard trying to get out there and help the team," added Chung, who suffered the thumb/hand injury in the Week 2 win over the Chargers on Sept. 18. "I feel good, I feel good, great day. It's not my decision. I'm just working hard to get out there and help the team."

Chung was again wearing a protective cast on thumb as he spoke in the locker room before Thursday's practice. But Chung...

09/29/2011 - 12:54pm
Gammons: 'It may never be the same'

With all the questions swirling around the Red Sox in the aftermath of their historic collapse, baseball Hall of Famer Peter Gammons compared it to other similar downfalls. "It may never be the same," he said. "I was thinking about the 2007 Mets who were never the same. The 1995 Angels who blew a comparable lead and by the middle of the next season Marcel Lachemann was gone and there was total change in the franchise. The '64 Phillis were never the same. Gene Mauch was hearing about the '64 Phillies when he was 75 years old. You wonder a little bit."

First, the Sox must address manager Terry Francona who has two options years on his contract that the club needs to exercise in the 10 days following the end of the season. "I think what they have to do immediately is clear up whether or not Tito's option is going to be picked up," Gammons said. "I think everybody needs to know and I think that will entirely be...

09/29/2011 - 11:20am
Schilling: Managerial change won't fix Sox

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling was a guest on the Dennis & Callahan show in the wake of the Sox' epic collapse and he put the blame squarely on the players. "There are 25 guys that need to go home this winter and say I've got to change," Schilling said. "That is not going to work."

Schilling, however, does not feel that the blame lies with manager Terry Francona. 

“I guarantee you he did as much as a manager can do there,” Schilling said. “You’re going to have the same team next year. I promise you, for whatever it’s worth, there’s not a guy in that clubhouse that doesn’t swear by this guy, doesn’t want to do everything he can do to win for this guy. You’re not going to get them to play harder, more passionate, more fiercely for anybody other than the guy that’s managing right now. He’s a guy that’s always gotten the most out of...

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