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01/04/2010 - 2:07pm
Bay passes physical with Mets

According to a baseball source, Jason Bay passed his physical with the Mets on Monday morning, the final step that stood between him and finalizing his four-year, $66 million contract that includes a vesting option for the 2014 season that could push the value of the deal to $80 million over five years. Part of the hang-up in the Red Sox' negotiations with Bay, according to multiple reports, were issues related to the slugger's knee (Bay underwent arthroscopic surgery after the 2006 season) and right shoulder (which required surgery in 2003).

 

As WEEI.com reported on Sunday, the deal between Bay and the Mets was reached on Christmas morning.


01/04/2010 - 12:36pm
Pollard talks about Welker injury

Texans safety Bernard Pollard told SI's Peter King that when Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker went down with a left knee injury in Sunday's New England-Houston game, he heard Welker scream the same way Tom Brady did when the quarterback suffered a knee injury in September 2008.

The former Kansas City defensive back was the player who hit Brady in 2008, causing the season-ending knee injury. On Sunday, he was the player closest to Welker when Welker's knee buckled awkwardly, causing the receiver to fall to the turf.

"I heard Wes yell out, the same way I heard Tom yell out,'' Pollard told King. "It was the same yell. It was terrible. He went down right in front of me. I saw his knee buckle, then I fell on him, and when he went down, I said, 'Just my luck.'"

Welker reportedly tore the MCL and ACL in his left knee.


01/04/2010 - 11:30am
Vote: How far will Patriots go?
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The Patriots are in the playoffs as the third seed in the AFC, albeit a third seed that doesn't have Wes Welker. The team went 8-0 at home this year and is preparing to host a first-round game against the Ravens. Are the Patriots preparing for a long playoff run, or will they be one-and-done? Click here to vote.


01/04/2010 - 11:08am
Brady on D&C: 'Evolve' without Wes

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning and talked about Wes Welker's devastating knee injury. "You can't replace him. There's no doubt about that," Brady said. "There's nobody that can substitute in for Wes and think that they're going to be Wes. He's everything you ask for. He's an incredible player and leader. As football goes, it's kind of the way it works, unfortunately. We've got to move on, we've got to go out there and play, and everyone in different areas has to pick it up."

 

Brady said the Patriots might be able to get some small benefit from the injury when they face the Ravens in Sunday's playoff game. "We're going to evolve a little bit as an offense now," Brady said. "It was a very Wes Welker-oriented offense. And now, maybe part of the advantage is Baltimore doesn't really know what they're going to see from us now. We're going...

01/04/2010 - 9:27am
Esiason on D&C: No Welker in 2010

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show to talk about the Patriots and their chances in the playoffs. "They're as dangerous as anybody in football with their passing attack," Esiason said. "I just worry about their defense." Esiason noted that New England's first-round opponent does not scare teams as much as in years past. "One thing about the Ravens, they are not the same defense we remember," he said.

 

Esiason said the Patriots' late-game problems need to be remedied if they are to be successful. "If there's anything that's un-Bill Belichick-like, it's giving up these leads in the fourth quarter," Esiason said. "That's got to be the No. 1 priority going into the playoffs — how do you protect a lead when you get it?"

 

Esiason talked about Wes Welker's injury and said he doesn't expect to see the receiver in uniform again...

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