FOXBORO -- Dan Connolly, Deion Branch and Tully Banta-Cain were among those missing at Patriots practice on Thursday on the main Gillette Stadium field. Tom Brady did report and was present at the start of practice.
Also out Thursday were tight end Aaron Hernandez, defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, and defensive lineman Mike Wright. The Patriots did get three defensive linemen back as Ron Brace, Brandon Deaderick and Myron Pryor returned on Thursday. Pryor has missed the last six games with a back injury.
Jets owner Woody Johnson placed a call to Patriots owner Robert Kraft this week, apologizing for the accusation by Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff that the Patriots employed a special teams 'wall' along the sideline similar to the one that led to a coach tripping a Miami Dolphins player.
In the Dec. 12 game, Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi stuck his knee into Nolan Carroll and was suspended indefinitely after general manager Mike Tannenbaum said new evidence had come to light. That evidence was that Alosi instructed the players to line up on the sideline to create a wall. Westhoff insisted that he did not give the order to Alosi and then went on a Chicago sportsradio station and accused the Patriots of doing something similar.
"A number of teams do it," Westhoff said. "There is a pretty good team up north that lines their whole defense up when they do it, so it's...
FOXBORO -- For the second straight day, Tom Brady missed his media availability with flu-like symptoms but surprisingly made his way to Patriots practice as he continued preparations for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Orchard Park.
"We have to do what we have to do, whatever it takes to get Tom up to full steam," Patriots receiver Deion Branch said before Thursday's practice. "If he needs to rest two or three days, that's what he has to do."
Brady did miss practice on Wednesday with flu-like symptoms but returned and practiced outdoors on the Gillette Stadium main field. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is.
Bruins forward Brad Marchand skated for 30 minutes on Thursday, but coach Claude Julien indicated he is considered "very doubtful" for the team's game against the Thrashers.
"I don't think he's 100 percent," Julien said of the 22-year-old winger.
Marchand, speaking for the first time since leaving in the second period of Saturday's game against the Capitals, said that he is dealing with general soreness that came as a result of a crushing hit he took from Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban last Thursday.
"My body's a little sore and it was affecting my game," Marchand said. "I figured it would be best for the team if I pulled myself from the game."
Though the brunt of the injury came from the Subban hit, Marchand began feeling worse as he took more hits in the Washington game that he ultimately left.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined guest hosts Bob Ryan and Chris Mannix on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday to talk about his team's 14-game winning streak, the upcoming battle with the new-look Magic, the health of Kendrick Perkins as well as other news from around the league.
Rivers was asked about Wednesday night's sloppy 84-80 win over the 76ers. The coach said he wasn't surprised by the performance of his team but will take the end result.
"You knew it would be a difficult game," Rivers said. "I didn't think we played with focus, but we kind of pulled ourselves through it and fought through it and in the second half we pulled it out."
Next up for the Celtics is a road trip to Orlando for a Christmas matchup with a team that was supposed to be a fellow Eastern Conference heavyweight in the Magic. But Orlando has lost four straight and stand at just 16-12 for the season....
We check in with head coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday for a look at all aspects of the win over the Bills, and a look ahead to the Broncos.
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
The Hot Stove Show this week discusses Red Sox possible pitching acquisitions and they talk with the clubs manager, John Farrell.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
The guys discuss the reports that the Sox are one of the teams most interested in free agent David Price and Chris compares shopping for an ace to shopping for ice cream.
Mike Florio previews Pats-Broncos & gives his thoughts on Terrell Owens possibly working out for the Pats.
Butch and Chris talk about the Pats possibly bringing in Terrell Owens for a workout & argue over if Danny Amendola should still be returning punts.
Glenn and Tanguay argue over how well Tom Brady throws the deep ball.
Tanguay is worried that Newton will win the MVP but he & Glenn backup Brady's case for the award.
We close out the day with the best in sound
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Christian Arcand and Lenny Megliola discuss Tom Brady vs. Cam Newton for NFL MVP in a spirited hour of radio on the Planet Mikey Show
With Oklahoma sneaking its way into a playoff spot, the Big 12 is still alive. Anthony and Austin give you picks for rivalry week and break down all things college football.