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10/26/2011 - 4:22pm
Fletcher out, seven limited for Pats

FOXBORO -- Only linebacker Dane Fletcher missed practice on Wednesday, sitting out with what the Patriots listed as a thumb injury. In addition, New England had seven players who were limited, including running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe) and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (back). Here's the complete report:

Did Not Practice
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)

Limited Participation
S Josh Barrett (thumb)
CB Leigh Bodden (thumb)
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip)
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe)
DL Albert Haynesworth (back)
LB Jerod Mayo (knee)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back)

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


10/26/2011 - 3:13pm
Gammons: Lackey injury rooted with Angels

Peter Gammons joined Mut & Merloni Wednesday for his weekly discussion of Red Sox and baseball news. With Theo Epstein finally having been announced as the Cubs general manager and Ben Cherington sliding into the role of Red Sox GM, Gammons gave his thoughts on the shuffling in the Boston front office.

Epstein and Cherington worked with each other for more than nine years, and Gammons said that he doesn't think there will be any big differences in the way the two operate.

"I think there may be some differences, I don't think there will be anything dramatic," Gammons said. "I don't know what people really want in dramatic differences, in the last 10 years there's only one team that's won two World Series."

Gammons did point out that Cherington and new assistant GM Mike Hazen both started their careers in player development, meaning Boston may treat that aspect of the organization in a different manner than Epstein....

10/26/2011 - 3:10pm
MLB postpones Game 6 of World Series

Major League Baseball has decided to postpone Game 6 of the World Series that was scheduled for Wednesday night in St. Louis because of inclement weather. The game will be made up on Thursday, and Game 7 will be Friday night, if necessary. The Rangers lead the Cardinals 3-2 in the best-of seven series.

On its Twitter feed, MLB wrote:

Better conditions expected next two nights. @MLB, @Cardinals & @Rangers agreed game of this magnitude should be played w/out interruption. All parties agreed most prudent decision was to postpone early to allow fans enough time to plan accordingly.

Both games are scheduled to start at 8:05 p.m.


10/26/2011 - 1:46pm
Pats practice: Fletcher only player missing

FOXBORO -- For the second straight day, linebacker Dane Fletcher was the only player not spotted at Patriots practice as the team practice in full pads in preparation for the Steelers this Sunday at Heinz Field. 

Fletcher was limited in practice and games before the bye week with thumb and hamstring ailments. Offensive lineman Marcus Cannon particpated in a full padded practice for the first time after working out with the team in shirts and shells on Tuesday. Cannon, a rookie out of TCU, was treated this spring and summer for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. 

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


10/26/2011 - 12:06pm
Gronk: 'Never intended to hurt anyone'

FOXBORO -- Speaking for the first time since he was photographed with an adult film star over his bye-week break, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said he met with Robert Kraft and apologized for any bad publicity that resulted from the two pictures seen on Twitter. 

"I didn't intend anything or to hurt the reputation of anyone on the New England Patriots, on behalf of Robert Kraft," Gronkowski said. "That's all. It was just a simple picture and that's all, and from here on out, I'm just here to talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers and the big game this weekend."

In the two pictures, the adult film star BiBi Jones is seen wearing Gronkowski's Patriots jersey. Gronkowski admitted Wednesday he regretted the pictures being made public.

"Just not intended to hurt anyone or ruin the reputation of the New England Patriots in any way," Gronkowski said. "It's a great organization here and a great football...

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