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10/13/2011 - 4:10pm
Pats: Wilfork's absence not injury-related

FOXBORO -- Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, linebacker Jerod Mayo and safety Josh Barrett all missed practice for the Patriots on Thursday, but the Patriots announced that Wilfork's absence was not injury-related. Here's the complete practice report:

Did Not Practice
LB Jerod Mayo (left knee)
DL Vince Wilfork (not injury-related)
S Josh Barrett (thumb/hamstring)
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe)
DL Mike Wright (concussion, placed on injured reserve)

Limited Partcipation
CB Leigh Bodden (thumb)
S Sergio Brown (chest)
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip)
WR Julian Edelman (ankle)
DL Albert Haynesworth (back)
TE Aaron Hernandez (knee)
DL Kyle Love (back)
WR Matthew Slater (ribs)
OL Sebastian Vollmer (back)
RB Danny Woodhead (ankle)

Full Participation
S Patrick Chung (hand)
LB Dane Fletcher (...

10/13/2011 - 3:33pm
Krejci out Saturday against Blackhawks
By: DJ Bean

Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters in Raleigh Thursday that center David Krejci, who suffered a core injury in Tuesday's practice, will not travel with the team to Chicago for Saturday's game against the Blackhawks and will miss his second game of the season. 

The status of defenseman Adam McQuaid remains unknown. McQuaid went head-first into the boards behind the Bruins' net in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes. Julien said the second-year defenseman is still being evaluated. Should McQuaid be unable to play Saturday, it's assumed that Matt Bartkowski, who played in place of a sick McQuaid in the season-opener, would play his second game of the season. 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


10/13/2011 - 2:45pm
Report: Cherington told he's Sox' next GM
By: DJ Bean

According to a tweet from Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown, Ben Cherington has been told that he will become the general manager of the Red Sox when Theo Epstein leaves for Chicago.  

Cherington, who has been serving as vice president of player personnel, was widely assumed to be the front-runner for the position. He has been with the Red Sox since 1997 and served as co-general manager with Jed Hoyer in Epstein's absence following the 2005 season. 

Epstein had been general manager of the Red Sox since prior to the 2003 season and assembled the team's 2004 and 2007 World Series-winning squads. He was the youngest general manager in the history of the league when he was named to the position at age 28.

For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox


10/13/2011 - 1:48pm
Pats practice: Wilfork, Green-Ellis miss

FOXBORO -- Vince Wilfork and BenJarvus Green-Ellis were among the four Patriots not at the start of practice on Thursday as the team worked out in full pads on the main stadium field. 

Joining Wilfork and Green-Ellis on the absentee list were Jerod Mayo (knee) and Josh Barrett (thumb/hamstring). Wilfork was not on the injury report on Wednesday while Green-Ellis, with a toe injury, was among 10 Patriots players limited in practice. 

The Patriots play the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon at 4:15 at Gillette Stadium. For a complete report, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


10/13/2011 - 1:19pm
Patriots place Wright on season-ending IR

FOXBORO -- After sustaining another concussion in the season opener against the Dolphins, the Patriots made the decision Thursday to place defensive lineman Mike Wright on season-ending injured reserve. The move allows the team to re-sign cornerback Phillip Adams and add him to the roster. 

Wright took a hit to the head in the first week and didn't practice for the next three weeks. Wright was cleared to practice last week but was not activated for the game against the Jets. Wright had one tackle, one assist and a half-sack in the game against the Dolphins. 

The 29-year-old Wright was in his seventh NFL season, all with the Patriots. He was having the best year of his career last year, when he had 5.5 sacks before a concussion in Week 11 against the Colts ended his season. This season's concussion was the second in nine months. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots...

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