A big loss for the Patriots secondary was announced before Sunday's game in Orchard Park, as rookie standout cornerback Ras-I Dowling was announced as a scratch with a hip injury. He suffered what was announced as a thigh injury last week in the win over the Chargers.
Dowling joins Patrick Chung (thumb), Albert Haynesworth (back), Aaron Hernandez (knee), Mike Wright (concussion), Taylor Price (hamstring) and Sebastian Vollmer (back) as Patriots players who are out of today's game against the Bills.
The Patriots will likely lean on newcomers Phillip Adams, Kyle Arrington and Antwaun Bolden to back up Leigh Bodden and Devin McCourty in the secondary. Ross Ventrone was signed off the practice squad on Saturday night to provide depth behind Josh Barrett, Sergio Brown and James Ihedigbo. Barrett is already playing with a cast on his right hand after injuring his thumb earlier this month.
For the Bills, CB Terrence McGee, DB...
NEW YORK -- The Red Sox will preserve the core of the lineup they featured for the first time this season on Saturday in Game 1 of Sunday's day-night double header. Carl Crawford will bat second, followed by Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez. Conor Jackson, however, will hit sixth and play right, likely a reflection of the fact that regular right fielder Josh Reddick is 0-for-8 in his career against Yankees starter A.J. Burnett.
The Red Sox will turn to Tim Wakefield for the first game. The knuckleballer won his only start this year against the Yankees.
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With a 6-2 win over Toronto Saturday -- along with the Red Sox' 9-1 loss to the Yankees earlier in the day -- the Rays have moved within two games in in the loss column of the Sox in the American League wild card race. The Red Sox, who play a doubleheader in New York Sunday, stand at 88-69, while Tampa Bay's record is 87-71.
The Blue Jays had jumped out to a two-run lead in the first inning against Tampa Bay starting pitcher Jeff Niemann, but the hosts bounced back with two of their own against Jays' hurler Ricky Romero in the home half of the frame. The Rays then took the lead for good in the fourth inning on a Ben Zobrist solo home run.
Johnny Damon sealed the victory with a three-run homer against Romero with two outs in the eighth.
The Rays finish their series with Toronto Sunday with Jays' lefty Brett Cecil facing off with Tampa Bay starter Wade Davis. Joe Maddon's team finishes off the regular season with three games at home...
NEW YORK -- Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, in the aftermath of his team's 9-1 loss to the Yankees that dropped Boston's record to 5-17 this month, suggested that it would be a mistake to dismiss the Sox based on their struggles this month. Instead, he suggested that, assuming that they reach the playoffs, the team could emerge as an overlooked force in October.
"We’ve got a two-game lead in the wild card right now," said Gonzalez. "I think when we get into the playoffs, whoever we play better watch out because we’re going to go in being the underdog, especially the way we’ve been playing this month, so we’ve got nothing to lose."
Gonzalez allowed that the Sox are indeed amidst a terrible stretch of baseball. Even so, he noted that sentiment about the club could change rapidly, and that a strong day of baseball in Sunday's double header could have the team positioned comfortably for entry into the...
On Saturday night, the Patriots downgraded three additional players to out in advance of Sunday's game against the Bills -- safety Patrick Chung (hand), defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth (back) and wide receiver Taylor Price (hamstring) were officially downgraded to out for Sunday’s game. On Friday's injury report, the team had previously listed tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee), tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) and defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion) as out. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
The boys get into the media and how they cover the Pats. It's not always easy covering Belichick and a team that will not give any substance to reporters, but things could be worse.
The guys discuss the upcoming week for the Patriots with the Bills coming to town.
Curran joins the boys live in studio to discuss the future of the QB position in New England.
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 DH, Big Papi, who provided the only offense for the Sox with a 2-run home run that gave the Red Sox a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays
In the midst of the Patriots routing the Texans, Mut recaps the game marking the sweep of the Orioles. David Price picks up his 17th win as the Red Sox have all but cemented their strangle hold on the AL East. They finish their final game with Baltimore in a 5-3 win.
Joe Castiglione & Tim Neverett talked to the Red Sox first baseman, who hit his 29th home run as the Sox finished a four-game sweep of the Orioles.
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.
Mike Lombardi discussed Bill O'Brien's tough night and Bill Belichick's approach to dealing with injured players.
In the final hour of the show Sean, Gerry and Kirk heard from some drunk callers to the Real Postgame Show and discussed how the Sox fared head to head against the Patriots last night on TV.
In hour three of the show Sean, Gerry and Kirk discussed the Pats win and took calls on Brady vs. Jimmy G.
Patriots DB Duron Harmon joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian. He talked about playing against Brock Osweiler, and the team's mindset at 3-0.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are joined by Mike Florio of ProFootball Talk. He thinks Brady will eventually win out over Garoppolo, and Rex Ryan will be out of a job soon.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about the surging Sox and their new mission of Playoff positioning.
We check in with the playmaker, hall of famer Michael Irvin breaks down the Pats win over the Texans and whether or not he'll be changing those Lombardi trophies.
Dale, Michael and Jerry spend the majority of our show breaking down an amazing win for the Patriots on Thursday night football.
We look at four instances in the NFL in which Bill Belichick earned his 'genius' title for coaching.
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.
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.
After another big win for the Pats on Thursday night, New England rejoices so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson get their thoughts in on the game, the Pats future at Quarterback and the difference between the Patriots organization and everyone else. Then the conversation turns to Fantasy Football featuring the slew of injured Runningbacks and who you need to get and start in their place, including Jerrick McKinnon, Charles Simms and Theo Riddick. The boys wrap it up with a look at solid Starts & Sits from RB to WR to TE. Something for every Fantasy Footballer and Football fan. Make sure you join Jim and Pete on Sunday at 8:00am for the WEEI Fantasy Football Hour.
Lucy Burdge is in to host the second edition of the K&C Recap pod with producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis, but they don't get far as Kirk Minihane hijacks the program to dish on the show hosts and to blast Curtis.
Kirk, Gerry and Sean discussed the Pats dominating win over the Texans and Phil Simms made a fool of himself.More from this show