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12/27/2011 - 4:12pm
Light on Mankins: 'Cowboy will ride again'

FOXBORO -- Matt Light spoke Tuesday for the first time since a late foot ailment kept him out of Saturday's game against the Dolphins.

"We're getting there, buddy," a grinning Light told reporters at his locker on Tuesday. "I just wasn't able to go the other day, unfortunately. It's a tough deal, game day, making that decision. But we'll work this week and get back out there. It's feeling better."

As for teammate Logan Mankins, who reportedly suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee, Light said Mankins was with him in team meetings all day and will return, though his initial reaction was not optimistic.

"Not good," Light said of Mankins' injury. "He's a tough guy, a guy that's never missed a practice or a game, or had any of those kind of issues. When you see that happen, it's always tough to watch. But I'm sure the Cowboy will ride again. He'll be good."

As for the team's offensive line come...

12/27/2011 - 2:25pm
Bergeron to be profiled on NHL 36
By: DJ Bean

All access series NHL 36 will profile Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, the league announced Tuesday.

The show, which follows players for 36 hours, began following Bergeron at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning and will air the episode on Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports. Peter Coyote will provide narration.

In a statement about the episode, executive producer Ross Greenburg cited Bergeron's championships in the NHL, the Olympics and World Junior Championship, calling him "one of the league's most underrated superstars."

Bergeron has seven goals and 21 assists this season for 28 points and is on pace for his first 70-point season since 2006-07.

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


12/27/2011 - 2:18pm
Pats sign FB Polite for extra protection

FOXBORO -- In an effort to replenish their run-blocking resources, the Patriots have signed fullback Lousaka Polite to a contract, the team announced Tuesday.

Polite's signing comes after Logan Mankins reportedly sprained the MCL in his left knee during Saturday's win over the Dolphins. Mankins is almost certainly lost for the season finale this Sunday and is a question mark for the playoffs. Donald Thomas, who has been used in some situational fullback plays, was moved to left guard to take Mankins spot, after Mankins was moved to left tackle to take the place of the injured Matt Light. 

Polite could fill the void at siutaitonal fullback in short yardage situaitons as soon as this Sunday in the season finale against the Bills. The Patriots had a roster spot open with the release of safety Ross Ventrone on Monday. 

This season, Polite played in four preseason games for the Dolphins, but hasn't played in a regular-season game...

12/27/2011 - 2:00pm
Wojnarowski: Rondo must dominate

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, in an interview on the Dennis & Callahan Show on Tuesday morning, said that while the Celtics have discussed the possibility of trading point guard Rajon Rondo several times, the team would only consider dealing him at this point for a "franchise-type" player. Whereas GM Danny Ainge and Celtics brass once considered banishing Rondo because of his fit on the team, Wojnarowski said that is no longer the case.

"For all the talks he has been in, and he has been in a lot of talks, I don't think Danny Ainge is ever going to trade him unless they got back a superstar. I think that was their goal. Because of his contract, because he's young, he's the one piece they have that has appeal to teams," said Wojnarowski. "Over two years ago, they put him out there when he was really having some issues getting along with teammates, being coachable. They dangled him to Detroit. They dangled him to Memphis....

12/27/2011 - 1:19pm
Report: Mankins (MCL) hoping for playoffs

According to the Boston Herald, Patriots Pro Bowler Logan Mankins suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee during the first quarter of Saturday's game against the Dolphins. The report, which cites a source, suggests that Mankins will miss Sunday's regular season finale against the Bills, but that the guard is "targeting a return for the playoffs." With the Patriots already having secured a first-round bye, the Patriots will be off until at least Jan. 14.

According to the report, Mankins will not need surgery for the injury; he may have avoided a more serious injury by virtue of a brace that he was wearing on his left knee, and the fact that he was not permitted to return to the game after his knee stiffened. While the Pats' pass protection struggled early in the...

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