FOXBORO -- The Patriots listed 13 players as limited and questionable Friday for their AFC Divisionable Playoff against Tim Tebow and the Broncos Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots held their final walkthrough on Friday. Patrick Chung, who returned in Week 17 against the Bills after a long bout with a foot injury, suddenly reappeared as limited on Friday with a knee issue, after full participation on Thursday.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was removed from the Patriots injury report on Thursday and was again not listed on Friday, an indication that his left shoulder will not be a factor come Saturday night.
The Broncos listed wide receiver Eric Decker (knee) and long snapper Lonie Paxton (personal) as out for Saturday's game. Safety Brian Dawkins (neck) is doubtful. Here is the full report from the Patriots:
CB Kyle Arrington (foot) Questionable
Sports Illustrated NFL columnist Peter King made his weekly call to the Mut & Merloni show Friday and weighed in on the Josh McDaniels situation. King said he has "zero problem" with the Patriots hiring the former Broncos coach, although he understands why some people are concerned.
"It's happened in football before," King said. "It just hasn't happened to the absolute ridiculously bizarre -- it's almost like the Jets and the Patriots sometimes where it seemed for a couple of years that every time something happened in that rivalry, it raised the stakes of the rivalry a little bit more.
"Look, in an ideal world, I'm sure Roger Goodell would not want the former coach of the Denver Broncos going to the Patriots the week they play them in the playoffs. But the fact is, there's nothing on the books that legislates against it. And I doubt that it's going to have a very big competitive advantage or disadvantage in...
NFL Network analyst and former Patriots fullback Heath Evans joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday morning to analyze Saturday's Patriots-Broncos matchup, and one of the topics of discussion was the addition of Josh McDaniels to the Patriots staff to help the team make a smooth transition from outgoing offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. Evans compared the situation to the 2005 Patriots, and he revealed some information about Eric Mangini's acrimonious departure from New England that led to Bill Belichick holding a longstanding grudge.
"Let me backtrack back to '05," Evans said. "In '05 Belichick gives Mangini permission to go interview with the Jets. He comes back -- basically, we all knew he was getting that job -- and spends the week recruiting front office staff and players to go with him. Not really doing his job. We go to Denver, lay an egg [in] Round 2 of the playoffs."
Added Evans: "The bottom line is people...
During his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference talked about the incident Thursday night in which he pounced on Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban following Subban's elbow to David Krejci's head. Ference dropped his gloves and dragged a turtling Subban along the ice before both were sent to the penalty box.
Asked if Subban embarrassed himself, Ference said: "I wasn't that surprised. I think it's more embarrassing he was fighting his own teammates in practice [referrring to a Jan. 2 incident in which Subban clashed with Tomas Plekanec]. I don't know. It was a hit to Krejci's head. I'm the smallest defenseman on our team, so I think he pulled a pretty good card on that one. But I guess he still didn't want to fight."
Ference said most players would be expected to engage in that situation. "Well, yeah, that's what you'd normally expect," he said. "But like I...
Michael Lombardi of NFL Network checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about Saturday's Patriots-Broncos playoff game.
Lombardi predicts a 35-17 victory for the Patriots, assuming their defense doesn't allow Tim Tebow to work his magic.
"The No. 1 thing I think for New England defensively, they can't let the ball get thrown over their head," Lombardi said. "I think when you watch the Pittsburgh game, Pittsburgh plays good enough defense except they give up too many big plays over their head, which cause problems and created Tebow to have success. I think you have to force them into as many third downs as you possibly can. Make them have to work the ball down the field. Get the ball into the red zone, because once it's in the red zone, if they can't run it in, he has a difficult time putting it into tight windows."
Added Lombardi: "For the Patriots [offense], up-tempo the game. Start out...
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.
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.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about their interview with Red Sox Manager John Farrell, the Red Sox approach to breaking up the lefties in the rotation, and the platoon at third base.
Bradford and Tomase talk with Red Sox Manager John Farrell. They talk about Eduardo Rodriguez recovery from his knee injury, the Red Sox third base competition in spring training, and guys playing in the WBC.
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 and Kirk discuss Price's claims that he heard racial taunts at Fenway.
Tim Hasselbeck joins the show to discuss the NFL playoffs.
Hour 3. Gerry and Kirk review the latest edition of Sunday Skate. Albert thinks Gerry and Kirk are too soft on Brady. Tim Hasselbeck joins the show.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about Aaron Rodgers and his ridiculous throw to set up the game winning field goal. Is he already one of the best ever? Callers fight Fauria, who doesn't think he's there yet.
The guys talk about the other AFC playoff game, as the Steelers and Roethlisberger beat the Chiefs in KC, and TE Travis Kelce goes on a rant about the bad refs.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the Patriots struggling, but ultimately beating the Texans.
Michael Holley and Rich Keefe discuss the tough-fought win over the Texans, and begin talking Steelers, who the Patriots will face in the AFC Championship. Plus the Steelers take their lockerroom live to the fans and Facebook.
Special Teams Captain Matthew Slater checks in with Holley and Keefe to review the win over the Texans and to preview the AFC Championship with the Steelers coming to Foxboro.
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.
Kirk talks with basketball legend Kevin McHale about his Celtics career, as well today's NBA and the current Boston team. Kevin analyzes the theoretical clash of the '86 Celtics and today's Golden State Warriors in addition to how C's heroes of the past would perform in today's game. Also featured: a podcast intro from Kirk's children Cate and Harry.
Ben and Josue talk about the moves the Celtics need to make in order for the team get over the top in the Eastern Conference.
Ben and Alex discuss the latest news around the New England Revolution stadium plans and the new 48 team World Cup.
Tom Brady joins the show to discuss the game against the Texans, the AFC championship versus the Steelers, his diet, and Roger Goodell.More from this show
Hour 1. The Steelers are coming to New England for the AFC Championship and Kirk is picking Pittsburgh to win.More from this show
Tim Hasselbeck joins the show to discuss the NFL playoffs.More from this show
Glenn, Fred, and Butch talk about the offensive miscues of the Patriots and the multiple turnovers, which allowed the Texans to keep the game close.More from this show
Hour 4. Pete Abraham's article on David Price and the racial taunts he heard last season.More from this show