FOXBORO -- Linebacker Jerod Mayo (left knee), defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion) and safety Josh Barrett (thumb/hamstring) all missed practice for the Patriots, who also had 10 players limited in their Wednesday afternoon session. Here's the complete practice report:
Did Not Practice
LB Jerod Mayo (left knee)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)
S Josh Barrett (thumb//hamstring)
CB Leigh Bodden (thumb)
S Sergio Brown (chest)
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip)
WR Julian Edelman (ankle)
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe)
DL Albert Haynesworth (back)
TE Aaron Hernandez (knee)
WR Matthew Slater (ribs)
OL Sebastian Vollmer (back)
RB Danny Woodhead (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (hand)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
For more Patriots news, check out...
Dustin Pedroia called in to The Big Show from his vacation in Cabo, Mexico to defend his now former manager Terry Francona and his teammates in the wake of a story in the Boston Globe that quoted annonymous sources that said that Francona may have lost the clubhouse in part because of personal problems.
"I'm pretty upset about it," Pedroia said. "A lot of stuff that was said is pretty much not fair and it hurts man. It's not good."
Asked if he was surprised, Pedroia said:
"I'm not surprised by anything, but it hurt. I've played with this guy for five years and he's had everyone's back since Day One. He might take the hit for some things and the way the team's playing and stuff like that but from Day One this guy had my back, he's had everyone's back. He protected every single guy in that clubhouse and that's why I respect him like you can't believe. Whatever job he gets, if he needs me for a couple of games...
The Bruins received good news on the status of David Krejci, as coach Claude Julien said Wednesday in Carolina that the center did not suffer a knee injury, but rather a core injury. Krejci will not play Wednesday but is considered day-to-day.
"He's day to day and it's an injury in the core area. We can certainly eliminate the knee injury that's been speculated," Julien said. "… We'll see how he does and whether he joins us in Chicago or not."
With Krejci out, 19-year-old Tyler Seguin will become the team's first-line center for the first time in his young career. Seguin is tied for the team lead with three points through three games.
"We knew that down the road we needed him to step up in that area," Julien said. "… Moving Tyler there is certainly one of our options there and the one we're probably going to start with."
For more on the Bruins, visit...
FOXBORO -- Three key offensive players returned to practice on Wednesday as the team began their on-field preparation for the Cowboys this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
Sebastian Vollmer (back), Danny Woodhead (ankle) and Julian Edelman (ankle) were all back in uniform and on the lower grass field for the Patriots at the start of practice while Jerod Mayo (left knee), Mike Wright (concussion) and Josh Barrett (hand) were the only players not spotted in shorts and shells at practice on the lower grass field.
Vollmer has been limited to just one game this season, playing only against the Chargers in Week 2. Wright practice last week with the team but was not active for the game against the Jets. Barrett was also inactive with his hand injury, the first game he's missed this season.
For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog...
FOXBORO -- Patriots nose tackle Albert Haynesworth said Wednesday he's feeling "OK" about his progress in his first five weeks with the team as he battling through back ailments. But he admitted, he still has a ways to go before fulfilling the expectations of his teammates and the team officials who brought him to New England in a late-July trade with the Redskins.
"The more I play, the more familar I can get," Haynesworth said before heading out to meetings and practice. "Coach [Bill Belichick] isn't going to rush anything and he wants me to get my feet under me so I can play well."
Haynesworth returned to action last week against the Jets and was limited to mainly third-down situations, after missing the previous two games with a back injury.
"I feel OK," Haynesworth said. "I'm still trying to shake some things or whatever. But as time goes, I'm feeling better and better and more...
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday
Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox skipper John Farrell about the turnaround from last season with his club and how hard they worked to reach this point
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox starting pitcher about how it feels to be one of the veterans on the club as they head into the playoffs as AL East Champs
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
In the fourth and final hour Curt Schilling discussed Ortiz and Betts as MVP candidates and gave his thoughts on Monday's debate.
The guys discussed Papi's MVP chances and a bizarre postgame show on NESN.
In two we play some of Rex Ryan's conversation with Julian Edelman and read about Gary Tanguay's appearance in the Herald during Headlines.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian listen back to David Price's bizarre interview with Trenni Kusnierick. Glenn and Lou think David Price is passive-aggressively lashing out at the Media. Christian thinks he's just being a good teammate by saying it's "Not about me."
Glenn, Lou, and Christian tell the true story of Gary Tanguay's walk-out yesterday.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian watched last night's Red Sox AL East Champs celebration, and they love the new NESN, especailly the copious F-Bombs and "Party Gary" Striewski. Plus, Christian tries to get Producer Paul to try DMSO horse cream for his leg injury.
We talk Patriots, Bills and all things NFL (and even some Red Sox) with Peter King from SI/MMQB.
Dale, Jerry and Andy Hart discuss the Sox clinching the AL East and the fashion in which it happened, which of course opened up the pandora's box about John Farrell and his decision making as Sox manager.
With the Sox officially in the playoffs, we look at four teams they could meet in the upcoming postseason.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Gerry Callahan and Jeff Kuhner react to the first presidential debate of this election season. Gerry is convinced Trump lost the first debate while Jeff thinks otherwise. Gerry and Jeff talk about what Trump needs to do better in the upcoming debates.
Gary Tanguay walked out on the show for the second time in three months this morning. Here is the management approved version of today's events.More from this show
K&C producers Ken Laird & Chris Curtis are joined by WEEI intern and Recap Show host Lucy Burdge to discuss another explosive Gary Tanguay appearance on the program that featured Tango's second walkout.More from this show
Gary stormed out of the studio for the second time in three months after he was labeled a bad father and a pedophile. His future at the station remains highly in doubt.More from this show
Who is more important, Brady or Belichick? Tim Hasselbeck is pissed at Kirk and Gerry and Dan Le Batard cried.More from this show
Kirk flipped out at Curtis and Fred Couples cried.More from this show