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01/06/2010 - 4:52pm
Patriots Injury Report for Wednesday

Patriots Injury Report
Did Not Participate

OL Dan Connolly (ankle)

Full Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/right finger/rib)
WR Julian Edelman (forearm)
DE Jarvis Green (knee)
T Nick Kaczur (shoulder)
CB Shawn Springs (knee)
DE Ty Warren (ankle)
TE Benjamin Watson (knee)
DL Vince Wilfork (foot)


01/06/2010 - 4:25pm
Welker placed on IR

FOXBORO  --  The Patriots officially placed wide receiver Wes Welker on season-ending injured reserve on Wednesday following his left knee injury on Sunday. In a corresponding move, they signed linebacker Thomas Williams to the active squad. Receivers Robert Ortiz and Nick Moore were signed to the practice squad while Darnell Jenkins was placed on the practice squad injured list. For more, visit the football blog It Is What It Is


01/06/2010 - 4:09pm
Brady checks in with Welker

FOXBORO -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady acknowledged at his press conference this afternoon that he has spoken to Wes Welker by phone a couple of times since Sunday's season-ending left knee injury. "We spoke a few times," Brady said. "He's one of my best friends. He's doing good, all things considered." Brady said he told Welker things will change in life when you have a season-ending knee injury like the one that ended Welker's season on Sunday. For more, including audio from Brady today at Gillette, visit the football blog It Is What It Is


01/06/2010 - 3:49pm
Schilling: Johnson was 'best ever'
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Curt Schilling, in his 38 Pitches blog, described former Arizona Diamondbacks teammate Randy Johnson as "the greatest power pitcher in the game's history." Johnson, who won 303 games and five Cy Young awards, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

 

"When someone in the big leagues is so good he makes competition look amateur, it's saying something," Schiling wrote. "There were nights, like when he punched out 20 vs. Cincy, when RJ was a man amongst boys. It's a cliche used far too often, and often not applicable in the cases it is used, but he was just that."

 

Schilling and Johnson were teammates with the Diamondbacks from 2000-03. During that time, the two paired to lead the Diamondbacks to a World Series championship in 2001. Schilling went 58-28 with a 3.14 ERA during that time, finishing second in the Cy Young voting to Johnson in...

01/06/2010 - 3:33pm
Dawson elected to Hall of Fame

Outfielder Andre Dawson was elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America to the Hall of Fame after being named on 77.9 percent of ballots. "The Hawk" played for parts of 21 seasons, hitting 438 homers and stealing 314 bases. Dawson is one of just three players with at least 400 career homers and 300 career steals, joining Willie Mays and Barry Bonds. He had a career average of .279 with a .323 OBP, .482 slugging percentage and .806 OPS.

 

Though Dawson's best years were with the Expos and Cubs, he also spent a pair of years with the Red Sox in 1993-94, hitting .260/.297/.441/.738 with 29 homers in 196 games. He was elected in his ninth turn on the ballot, and the election of Jim Rice (a player who was similarly a power threat but with a mediocre on-base percentage) in 2009 was viewed as helping Dawson's candidacy.

 

Dawson was the only player elected by the BBWAA, as Bert Blyleven (74.2 percent) and...

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