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10/28/2011 - 4:15pm
Fletcher out, Dowling doubtful for Pats

FOXBORO -- Linebacker Dane Fletcher was the first Patriots player to be ruled out for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh, as he missed all four practices this week with a thumb injury. Rookie cornerback Ras-I Dowling is listed as doubtful with a hip injury. Dowling was limited in the Patriots full-pads practice on Wednesday and then missed practice on Thursday and Friday. The Pats have five other players listed as questionable, including running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe) and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (back). Before his release on Friday morning, Leigh Bodden had been limited in practice with a thumb injury. Bodden was taken off Friday's injury report. 

As for the Steelers, LB James Harrison (eye) and WR Hines Ward (ankle) both missed their third straight day of practice. Harrison was ruled out by the Steelers on Friday afternoon while Ward is questionable on the team's official report. According to the NFL Network's Albert Breer, a source...

10/28/2011 - 4:04pm
Pats activate Faulk, place Dowling on IR

The Patriots announced on Saturday that they have activated running back Kevin Faulk and defensive end Brandon Deaderick from the reserve/physically unable to perform list and placed them on their 53-man roster in advance of their game on Sunday at Pittsburgh. 

To make room for the additions, the Patriots place rookie corner Ras-I Dowling on injured reserve and released corner Leigh Bodden on Friday. Dowling injured his hip and has not played since Week Two.

The 35-year-old Faulk is in his 13th season with the Patriots. He missed almost all of the 2010 season with an ACL injury.

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10/28/2011 - 1:40pm
King on M&M: Bodden one of worst FA's ever

Sports Illustrated's Peter King joined Mut & Merloni Friday at noon for his weekly appearance. King gave his thoughts on the Patriots reportedly cutting cornerback Leigh Bodden in a surprise move.

"I think its extremely surprising and I have no clue why it happened," King said. "My gut reaction was it has to go down as one of the worst free agent signings the Patriots have ever had, because they signed him obviously after that good year in '09. Then obviously he gets hurt and misses last year, in essence. And this year, never really plays well."

The Patriots signed Bodden to a four-year, $22.03 million extension in 2010 after he tied for the team lead with five interceptions in the 2009 season. But as King pointed out, a shoulder injury forced Bodden to miss all of 2010 and it has been a struggle for Bodden six games into the 2011 season.

While the cut may surprise some, King said the move shows that New England is...

10/28/2011 - 12:39pm
Pats practice: Dowling, Fletcher miss again

FOXBORO --  Cornerback Ras-I Dowling and linebacker Dane Fletcher were the only players not at Patriots practice on Friday inside Gillette Stadium. Leigh Bodden was not on hand after reportedly being released earlier in the day. Bodden still had his name on his locker stall inside the Patriots locker room prior to practice on Friday morning. 

Dowling was limited in full pads practice on Wednesday with a hip injury but was absent on Thursday. Fletcher has missed all four practices this week with a thumb injury. The team worked out in shorts and shells for a second straight day in preparation for the Steelers on Sunday in Pittsburgh. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at and the blog It Is What It Is


10/28/2011 - 12:12pm
Sources: Sox don't expect to deal Youkilis

Amidst speculation that the Red Sox could use third baseman Kevin Youkilis as a trade chip this offseason, multiple sources inside and outside the Sox organization suggest that it is unlikely that the Sox will deal the 32-year-old.

While the Red Sox will explore the trade market to address offseason needs -- including the need to fill two spots in the rotation -- Youkilis is not expected to be dealt for a number of reasons. While 2011 was a down year for him, he nevertheless remained one of the most productive offensive third basemen in the game. There are few, if any, third basemen available either internally or externally who could match the three-time All-Star’s lineup impact.

Moreover, Youkilis has a contract that permits the Sox to maintain payroll flexibility. He will receive a $12 million salary in 2012, with a team option for $13 million for 2013 (and a $1 million buyout).

Youkilis led major league third basemen in virtually...

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