INDIANAPOLIS -- Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer will play in Super Bowl XLVI, offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia told WEEI.com on Tuesday. Vollmer, who has been hobbled by back and foot problems over the course of the last two months, has continued to ramp up his practice reps over the last few weeks, and appears to be ready to return to the field for the first time since a Nov. 27 win over the Eagles.
"He's very, very strong. He's got great experience, and is not afraid of anyone. He's a great alternative," Scarnecchia said of Vollmer. "He'll play. He'll play in this game at some point, whether we have Nate (Solder) outside or him at tackle. He's going to be out there, and thank God we've got him."
In Vollmer's absence, rookie Nate Solder has worked primarily at the right tackle spot, and Scarnecchia has been impressed at the body of work that Solder has been able to produce over the course of the season....
INDIANAPOLIS -- Matt Light was not on hand for Tuesday's Super Bowl "Media Day" due to a stomach bug that also affected other Patriots team personnel. Light was the only player not to attend the annual event on five days before the biggest football game of the season and is believed to be the only Patriots player affected by the bug, according to a report by the NFL Network.
"Matt Light, please get well soon," Osi Umenyiora told reporters during the Giants media session on the Lucas Oil Stadium field. "I hope to see you on Sunday. You are one of my greatest friends."
Defensive lineman Umenyiora and left tackle Light have a long history of scuffles during games, dating back to the regular season finale of 2007. Last week, Umenyiora told reporters that Light does things to him while blocking that got under his skin, leading to the hard feelings the two have had over the last four seasons.
Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will miss his seventh straight game on Tuesday due to an injured right wrist, coach Doc Rivers told the Associated Press. Rondo is averaging 15.1 points, 9.4 assists and 5.1 rebounds a game while averaging over 36 minutes in his 13 games. However, the Celtics have managed to go 4-2 in his absence.
Meanwhile, Rivers also said at the morning shootaround that Jermaine O'Neal will be back after missing the last week with a bruised knee. The 33-year-old has played 15 games, starting 14, averaging 5.5 points, 5.6 boards and 1.4 blocks a night in 23 minutes.
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Speaking at Media Day at Lucas Oil Stadium, Eli Manning was asked about the NFL future of his brother, Peyton Manning. The Giants signal-caller wouldn't get into specifics regarding where or even if his older brother will play in 2012, but was quick to praise the future Hall of Famer.
"Peyton has had an unbelievable career and in my opinion is the best I’ve ever seen play football,” Manning said. “My goal is to get to his level of play. That’s something I’ve worked on."
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INDIANPOLIS -- Chad Ochocinco drew a large crowd at Media Day on Tuesday, a much larger group than many of the players at podiums. In the middle of a nearly 30-minute session with the media, the receiver was asked if a Super Bowl victory would salvage what has been an admittedly frustrating season.
"No, I don't know, it just wouldn't," Ochocinco said. "I mean it hasn't been tough, it's football. It's football, one abnormal year doesn't negate years of success. ... after a 10-year span, I finally had a year where it didn’t go well."
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Butch Stearns joins Glenn and Fred to react to the Patriots victory over the Rams. They discuss Tom Brady's record setting 201st quarterback victory and debate if he is truly the greatest player of all time.
Glenn and Fred open the show reacting to the Patriots beat down of the Los Angeles Rams. They discuss the defense and debate whether todays game is a sign of things to come.
Pete and Price get to more analysis and breakdowns as they discuss how both of these teams will approach one another. They talk about things to keep an eye on and interesting stats before getting Price's prediction.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
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Ken Laird and WEEI.com's Ryan Hannable take a look at the Red Sox' acquisitions of Chris Sale and Tyler Thornburg from the minor league side of the equation, and what's left of Dave Dombrowski's farm system.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Gerry, Kirk and Alex opened the show discussing the extension of John Farrell. Alex loved the move.
In a wild 9:00 hour the guys broke news on the Tyler Thornburg trade and Alex Reimer praised LeBron James.
IN the 8 am hour listeners voiced their displeasure with Alex and Reimer made his case as to why Gronk should retire at the age of 27.
Everyone talked about Tom Brady's 201 wins, but Adam Vinatieri broke the record for most wins by any NFL player last night. The guys talk about Vinatieri and his place in NFL history.
Before the Chris Sale trade broke, Glenn, Lou and Christian talked about Dave Dombrowksi trading Travis Shaw for Tyler Thornburg, who could be the new 8th inning set up man. Also, Pablo Sandoval is looking...slimmed down?
Mike Tirico of NBC joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about all things NFL, including Cam Newton's benching and NFL ratings.
Dale and Michael welcome in the newest member of the show Rich Keefe, and spend the day discussing the big news... Chris Sale has been traded to your Boston Red Sox.
Rich Keefe is the newest member of our show, and one of the reasons he's here is because of Keefer Madness. The debut edition of it is here.
Dale and Holley with Keefe go live to the Sox presser announcing the trade.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis do what they can with Tuesday's show recap, not the finest effort from the show, the producers, nor from golden-boy Alex Reimer
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Glenn, Lou and Christian react live on the air when the Chris Sale trade was announced. The guys break down which prospects get sent over and how great the rotation now looks.More from this show
Tom Brady told K&C that he has not heard from the NFL in regards to a congratulations for breaking the NFL wins record. Glenn, Lou and Christian discuss Brady's record and the ever-growing feud between Brady and Goodell.More from this show