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01/26/2012 - 3:03pm
Nicks, Bradshaw sit out practice for Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and running back Ahmad Bradshaw were among those held out of practice for the Giants on Thursday.

Nicks injured his shoulder during in NFC championship game victory over the 49ers. Bradshaw has been limited with an injured foot for much of the season. Tom Coughlin said earlier this week that he expects both to play in the Super Bowl.

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01/26/2012 - 1:59pm
Bledsoe on M&M: Eli ranks with NFL's elite

Former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe checked in with Mut & Merloni Thursday and predicted a Patriots victory in Super Bowl XLVI, although he said it won't come easy.

"I think it's going to be a great football game, first and foremost," he said. "These teams are both playing very, very well. I think the Patriots will win it, but I think it's going to be a close one. If I had to pick a number, I'd say somewhere like 31-27 or 31-24. I think it's going to be one of those games that's going to be heavily in doubt halfway through the fourth quarter.

Bledsoe had high praise for Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

"There are a couple of things I really respect about Eli's game, and I actually had a little text conversation with his brother [Peyton Manning] the other day," Bledsoe said. "The guy's just playing like a warrior. It's one thing to throw the ball well when you're not getting hit. You can move around a...

01/26/2012 - 1:10pm
Rodney on M&M: Brady vs. Eli a toss-up

Former Patriots defensive back Rodney Harrison, now an analyst for NBC, checked in with Mut & Merloni Thursday to preview Super Bowl XLVI.

Harrison, who played on the Patriots team that lost to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII, said revenge will be a motivating factor for the Patriots, no matter what they say in public.

"It has to be a burning desire to get back on that field and punch the Giants back in the mouth," Harrison said. "Because let's be honest about it, they took away something that was very near and dear to us. We were one game away from making history, being considered possibly as the greatest team to ever step foot on a National Football League field. That was something special.

"Tom Brady won't come out and admit it. [Bill] Belichick won't come out and admit it. [Robert] Kraft won't come out and admit. But guess what? They're thinking about that."

Looking at the quarterback matchup, Harrison...

01/26/2012 - 12:41pm
Brady on hand for practice

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was on hand for Patriots practice on Thursday inside the Dana-Farber Field House as the team began on-field preparation for the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5. 

It was the first time this season Brady was present for a bye week practice.

As coach Bill Belichick indicated earlier in the day, Rob Gronkowski was not present for the practice in sweats and shells as he rests his injured left ankle, suffered on Sunday in the win over the Ravens. Gronkowski was the only regular not spotted at practice while newly signed tight end Carson Butler also was not seen during the open media portion of practice. 

Super Bowl XLVI can be heard on Sportsradio WEEI 93.7 FM beginning Super Sunday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


01/26/2012 - 11:35am
Gronkowski won't practice Thursday

FOXBORO -- The Patriots aren't taking any chances with Rob Gronkowski. Head coach Bill Belichick announced Thursday that the Pro Bowl tight end will be held out of practice with the left ankle injury he suffered in Sunday's AFC championship win over the Ravens. 

"He's not going to practice today," Belichick announced Thursday morning in his meeting with the media. "We'll take it day by day. I’m not going to try to forecast where he'll be 10 days from now."

A relaxed Belichick smiled when a reporter prefaced the first question about Gronkowski's status. 

"He's good, good," Belichick laughed before later adding, "He's had a lot of production -- a lot of touchdowns and good blocks. He has definitely made some plays."

Gronkowski set a new NFL record for tight ends with 17 touchdown receptions and one rushing score during the regular season. He caught a pair of touchdowns against the...

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