According to Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had arthroscopic surgery Friday morning at Massachusetts General Hospital on his injured ankle. Gronkowski's recovery is expected to take 10 weeks.
Gronkowski suffered a high ankle sprain during the AFC championship game and was clearly limited in Sunday's Super Bowl loss to the Giants, finishing with just two catches for 26 yards.
Check the It Is What It Is blog later in the afternoon for WEEI.com Patriots beat writer Chris Price's analysis of what this means to the player and the team.
Bruins forward Brad Marchand joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday afternoon, and the main topic of conversation was goaltender Tim Thomas and the controversy that has arisen over his political views.
"Timmy, he's his own guy," Marchand said. "He's handled things pretty well. He's not really any different at all."
Added Marchand: "Whatever he's doing, that's his business. I don't really think it's up to anyone outside hockey or anyone inside hockey for that matter to tell him how to act. It's his own business."
Marchand insisted the controversy has not affected the locker room.
"Everyone on our team is close," he said. "We have built a lot of good relationships, especially on the road. Timmy's the same way. He fits in very well with this team. He's no different than anyone else."
Marchand claimed ignorance on all things related to politics.
"I could [not] care...
Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Friday's practice that Nathan Horton did not react well to skating earlier this week, and is "back to square one" in his recovery from his latest concussion.
"He's been pulled back," Julien said. "He's got some symptoms, so we pulled him back. That's why I said as far as for me to come out every and [say there's a] step forward, a step backward. He's back to square one and we're giving him some time here. Those symptoms, once he got back on the ice, came back."
Horton rode the stationary bike late last week and took to the ice on Sunday, but when symptoms returned, the team pulled the first-line winger back.
Horton suffered his second concussion since June on a hit from Philadelphia's Tom Sestito on Jan. 22. His concussion has kept him out of the last six games.
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Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino told Evan Drellich of MLB.com (via twitter) that his team's 2012 budget "will be the highest budget in Red Sox history," and said that the team was committed to spending well beyond the 2012 luxury tax threshold of $178 million.
"I suspect you're going to see that we're going to fly by the luxury tax," Lucchino said.
Lucchino also said that "there has not been a situation" where the financial commitments of the Fenway Sports Group to the Liverpool Football Club has ever impacted the available resources to the Red Sox.
The Sox' spending has come under some scrutiny this offseason given that the team has seen Jonathan Papelbon depart via free agency, replacing him with lower cost alternatives in Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon (among others) while also steering clear of high-cost starting pitching options....
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference offered his take on the Tim Thomas controversy during his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Friday morning.
"It's one of those things," Ference said. "We've known Tim for a number of years. … We know who he is, what his beliefs are. For us, it's just kind of normal."
Although the Bruins are 5-6-1 since Thomas boycotted the team's visit to the White House last month, Ference insisted the ensuing media firestorm is not the reason for the B's struggles.
Said Ference: "I don't think it has anything to do with that at all. … I don't think there's any correlation whatsoever."
Added Ference: "We do have a tight team. One of the things that makes us pretty strong is we're very understanding of each other's differences. … You're never going to have the same opinions whatsoever. But the thing that makes teams good is their ability to look...
Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.
Michael Holley and Rich Keefe speak to special teams captain Matthew Slater as the Patriots head to the AFC Championship and host the Steelers.
Michael Holley and Rich Keefe sit down with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare to face the Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday. Bill hasn't seen the Antonio Brown video, and wasn't interested in discussing social media or the team's policies on it.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
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.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
Hour two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral kick around the perception of backup goalie Anton Khudobin, B's coach Claude Julien, and possible trade target Gabriel Landeskog.
Hour 4. Gerry is going to Trump's inauguration. Antonio Brown gets paid to stream on Facebook.
Curt Schilling joins K&C to discuss losing votes for the HOF. Schilling also touches on the HOF Class of 2017.
Hour 3. The guys continue their discussion of the baseball hall of fame. Curt Schilling calls in to give his opinion on the HOF class. Michael Floyd is living the Patriot way.
Fauria couldn't help himself and called into Pittsburgh sports radio to show off his (terrible) Boston accent and to troll Steelers fans. Later on, Josh Miller (co-host and former Patriots punter) calls us to trash talk to Christian.
We hear from Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, who are gearing up to face Pittsburgh in the AFCCG.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about one of the Steelers' top weapons, LeVeon Bell, and how important it is to contain him, especially with how bad Pittsburgh has been in the redzone.
The newest nugget of information in the 'Roger Goodell won't come to New England Saga' is that Goodell himself really wanted to come to Gilette Stadium for the AFC Championship, but league officials advised against it. And we aren't buying it for one second.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the conference finals, and how the four remaining teams may have the four best qb's in the league playing for them.
Michael Holley gets in to how the Patriots can win on Sunday night, and tries his hardest to come up with an Eddie Andelman-esque catchphrase for his theory.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis have all the K&C Show gossip from a wild Reimer Wednesday.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis get back to post-show work with a Trenni Tuesday recap.
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