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09/05/2011 - 1:55pm
Pats practice: Bodden returns

FOXBORO -- In a promising sign that he might be able to start in the regular season opener in a week, cornerback Leigh Bodden returned to Patriots practice on Monday outside Gillette Stadium. Bodden missed the entire preseason and all of last year with a shoulder injury.

Also returning were offensive linemen Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell as the team practiced in shorts and helmets. 

Missing from practice were rookie running backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen as well as linebacker Jermaine Cunningham, Jeff Tarpinian, wide receiver Taylor Price, defensive lineman Mark Anderson, cornerback Kyle Arrington and offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer.

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09/05/2011 - 1:06pm
Belichick: 'Ton of respect' led to his film

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick said Monday he looks forward to seeing the upcoming two-part NFL Network documentary - "A Football Life: Bill Belichick" - shot in 2009 by NFL Films. 

"When they approached us on it, it was the Patriots' 50th season, my 35th season in the NFL, so it was a little bit of a unique situation and so, organizationally, they captured the team's 50th year along with what I did," Belichick said. "They really did it in a way that was not intrusive. They didn't really know what they were going to do with it. They just did it to archive it and do it in a historical way and there were no set plans on what to do with it, how to present it or anything like that. That evolved, I guess, later on."

The documentary captures Belichick on the field and off, showing him with the team and also relaxing at his vacation home on Nantucket. 

"I have a ton of respect for NFL Films, Steve...

09/05/2011 - 12:55pm
Jenks most likely done for the season

TORONTO -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said prior to his team's game against the Blue Jays Monday that Bobby Jenks, who has been recovering from strained intercostal muscles in his back, is most likely done for the season and will see back specialist Dr. Kirk Wood Wednesday.

Jenks was scheduled to perform in a rehab outing August 27, but experienced both an illness and continuing back pain, forcing the reliever to shut things down and be re-examined.

"I would say the chance of Bobby pitching, we're probably past that point now," Francona said. "He just couldn't get it going this weekend and now is probably the cut-off point. We're going to get him looked at one more time and see what they decide to do.

"He got sick and then he got sore. It's been one thing after the other. When we got back he wanted to take one more shot at it and it just wasn't happening."

Jenks hasn't pitched since July 7 and totaled just...

09/05/2011 - 12:46pm
Lineup: Ortiz, Youkilis exchange places

TORONTO -- For the first time this season, Kevin Youkilis will hit behind David Ortiz in the batting order with the DH sliding up into the cleanup spot in the Red Sox' series opener against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre Monday. This will be the eighth game Ortiz has hit in the No. 4 spot, having totaled a .296 batting average with four home runs in his previous seven appearances in the lineup's position this season. Youkilis has hit fifth five times in '11, managing a .235 average with one homer.

"I just think maybe some balance. We're going to have lefties back to back somewhere. I just think with Youk protecting David, as opposed to the other way around, and then we have a lefty behind Youk, maybe it will help us. Maybe it won't," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "If the guys swing it like they can, we're OK. I would just rather do it know than wait until the playoffs to see what it looks like."

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09/05/2011 - 12:37pm
Waters: 'This is as good at it gets'

FOXBORO -- Brian Waters had his first day with his new team on Monday in Foxboro as the 34-year-old offensive guard lockered next to Logan Mankins and was assigned Tedy Bruschi's old No. 54.

The offensive lineman, released on July 28 after 11 seasons in Kansas City, could step in and start on the Patriots' offensive line after right guard Dan Connolly suffered an ankle injury in the third preseason game against the Lions. 

Asked why he chose to wait out for an offer from the Patriots a week before the regular season, Waters didn't hesitate in answering. "Why not? This is as good as it gets." 

Waters is a two-time All-Pro tackle, who played almost exclusively at left guard, the position held by Mankins in New England. Waters said he would have no problem switching over to right guard for the Patriots. twice and invited to the Pro Bowl five times. In 2003, he was a part of a 13-3 Chiefs team, and the next season, he...

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