FOXBORO -- In what was a sight for sore eyes for Patriots fans, teammates and coaches, safety Patrick Chung suited up Friday morning and headed out to practice, two days from the team's showdown with the Jets at MetLife Stadium.
Chung appeared to turn his ankle trying to make an interception on the sidelines late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Giants. He missed Wednesday and Thursday practices with what the team termed a foot injury.
Also returning was offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, who missed the first two days of practice this week due to a concussion suffered in the Giants game. The only players missing from practice in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields were Dane Fletcher (thumb) and Brandon Spikes (knee). Both have missed practice all week as the team prepares for the Jets Sunday night.
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Former NHL star Theo Fleury, a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a Canadian junior hockey coach when he was a teenager, joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to discuss his recovery and offer some insight into how the alleged victims of the Penn State situation are feeling.
Fleury is now a motivational speaker and author of the 2009 autobiography "Playing with Fire," in which he made public the abuse he faced by Graham James, who served time in prison for abusing other players.
"I've gone through my process, and what's happened is basically to my own pain and what I've gone through I've found the purpose for my life, and that's to help people such as the boys from Penn State," Fleury said. "If they ask me or wanted me to go and speak or hang out with these young boys, that's what I do on a daily basis. I talk about the subject pretty much nonstop. It's been amazing since this Penn State stuff's come out...
NFL Network's Michael Lombardi joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning for his weekly discussion about the Patriots and the NFL. The Pats visit the Jets Sunday night in a critical AFC East matchup, coming off a loss to the Giants in which the offense took a while to get going.
"Last week against the Giants, they struggled offensively," Lombardi said. "When the Patriots defense gives their offense the ball back six times and the Patriots offense doesn't score any points, you're asking for trouble. You're really asking for trouble. You miss a 27-yard field goal, you miss a receiver in the end zone for a touchdown, you have so many opportunities that your defense isn't good enough to stay in the middle of the ring.
"The Patriots are no different than the Packers, they're no different than the Saints. Their offense has to carry them. And when their offense gets shut out in the first half, that's going to be a problem...
Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning as the team prepares for Sunday's showdown with the Jets, attempting to end a two-game losing streak.
"I think guys are preparing hard and ready to go, and just go out there and compete and try to get a win and fix this," McCourty said.
The Albert Haynesworth experiment ended this week with the defensive lineman's release from the Patriots, but McCourty insists that it wasn't because of a lack of effort.
"Things really just didn't work out," McCourty said. "But I think Albert came in, he worked hard when he was on the practice field. He came in and he tried to get better each day. As for everyone else's judgment, I think that's the feeling around here, that he tried to do different things the way that we wanted him to."
Added McCourty: "It's just different situations and different things...
A 25-year-old man was stabbed during a fight in a Qualcomm Stadium parking lot at Thursday night's Raiders-Chargers game in San Diego, according to an Associated Press report. The victim, who was not cooperating with police, was treated for a stab wound to the abdomen. It's the second violent incident after a Raiders road game this season, following the shooting of a 24-year-old man after a preseason game between the Raiders and 49ers in San Francisco.
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.
Chris Price joins the show to discuss the Patriots and the reason Brady played in the third preseason game.More from this show
The boys briefly get into the Colin Kaepernick situation in which he chose to sit for the National Anthem as a protest for how minorities have been treated by police. The guys applaud him for standing up for a cause, but don't necessarily agree with the cause. They also talk about why Belichick has struggled drafting at the WR position, what the WR's the Pats currently have bring to the table and how they can assist Jimmy G in the first four weeks.More from this show