FOXBORO -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's absence Wednesday was explained on the team's official injury report as a left shoulder injury, the same injury that has limited him in practice since getting hit on the left shoulder during the win over the Dolphins on Christmas Eve. The only Ravens player listed Wednesday was Ed Reed. The perennial Pro Bowl safety was limited with a left ankle injury, suffered on Houston's final offensive play at the end of regulation on Sunday. All other Ravens were in full participation. Here is Wednesday's complete report:
Did Not Participate
QB Tom Brady (left shoulder)
OL Marcus Cannon (ankle)
WR Deion Branch (knee)
S Patrick Chung (knee)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
DL Kyle Love (ankle)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
G Logan Mankins (knee)
LB Rob Ninkovich (hip)
OL Nate Solder (concussion)
OWINGS MILLS, MD -- Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco spoke to the media on Wednesday and was asked for his reaction to comments made by teammate Ed Reed to SiriusXM NFL Radio. Reed said he felt Flacco was 'rattled' by the defense of the Houston Texans in last Sunday's 20-13 Baltimore win.
"I talked to Ed about it, it was a little funny, I was kind of caught off guard, but it is what it is. We talked about it and it's not really that big a deal," said Flacco, who was sacked five times by the Texans in a game that saw the Ravens collect just 227 yards of offense.
Flacco -- who seemed defensive at times during his seven-minute session with the media -- was asked if he feels a Super Bowl victory would silence his critics.
"I don't care, I'll have a ring and we'll be holding a trophy," Flacco said. "The perception won't change but it doesn't really matter."
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OWINGS MILLS, MD -- Ed Reed (sprained ankle) was on the field during the media portion of practice for the Ravens on Wednesday.
Reed injured his ankle on the final play from scrimmage in last Sunday's Baltimore playoff win over the Texans. X-rays on the ankle were negative and Reed told reporters after the Houston game that he would play in the AFC championship vs. the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.
All 53 members of the Ravens roster participated during the media portion of Wednesday's practice.
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FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was the only player not spotted at Patriots practice on Wednesday as the team began its on-field preparations for the AFC Championship against the Ravens Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
Brady was routinely given Wednesday off several times over the course of the last half of the season, including twice in the last two weeks to help in treatment of his injured left shoulder.
The Patriots practiced in sweats and shells in the bitter cold and wind Wednesday, good preparation for Sunday's expected gametime temperatures in the low 30s when the Patriots and Ravens kickoff at 3 p.m. ET. You can catch Sunday's game on Sportsradio WEEI 93.7.
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has had harsh words for Tom Brady in years past, but on Wednesday he played down their rivalry in the lead-up to Sunday's AFC championship game. He even joked that he would take up Brady on his offer of Uggs -- "I heard they are comfortable," he said -- and would send some of his "Ball So Hard University" shirts in exchange.
"There's no beef," Suggs said, according to reports out of Baltimore. "You grow and mature. I'm not the same guy I was in '09. I'm 20 pounds lighter. There's no beef."
Added Suggs: "It's pretty much over. I respect him."
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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.
Pete and Price talk about the Rams not having WR Tavon Austin or DE Robert Quinn today - big news for the Patriots.
Pete and Price give you the inactives for today right when they come out. Then they transition to the what the playoffs would look like if the season ended today - you may be surprised!
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.
Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
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.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.
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.
Damien Woody joined K&C and shared a story regarding a conversation he had with Bill Belichick in the training room in Foxboro.
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.
In the 8 am hour Gerry and Kirk talked about a brutal answer by Dan Shaughnessy regarding Bill Conlin'sn spot in the Hall of Fame.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are less than surprised that Bill Belichick won't comment further about Gronk than the released statement. Speaking of statements, how weird is it that the Gronkowski family is releasing joint statements with the Patriots?
Orthopedic surgeon to the pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian in the wake of Gronk's back injury. He talks about different types of disc injuries, and one type of fusion which could potentially prevent Gronk from playing football. He also commented on the unique situation of a joint statement between the Patriots and the Gronkowskis, and clarified his role in Gronk's arm surgeries.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian wonder how the man who shot former NFL RB Joe McKnight can be free of charges and walking around the streets of New Orleans.
Dale and Michael check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin on a Friday.
We open it up in the final portions of hours 3 and 4 on a Friday.
Hour two in it's entirety.
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.
Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
Kirk & Callahan producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back together after a few days apart to dish about all things K&C show, this after a Thursday Reim-Job.
In the 7 am hour Gerry and Kirk discussed the hiring of Rich Keefe and the announcement yesterday on Dale and Holley.More from this show
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