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12/07/2011 - 2:04pm
NFL: Pats won't be flexed vs. Tebow

Despite much speculation to the contrary, the Patriots will not be flexed out of their 4:15 ET slot on Dec. 18 when they play Tim Tebow and the Broncos in Denver, the NFL announced on Wednesday afternoon.  

The initial deadline for CBS and NBC to decide on whether to switch the game to an 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff was Tuesday but the NFL extended it to Wednesday. The game will remain on CBS and the Ravens and Chargers in San Diego will remain the primetime game that night on NBC. 

Asked specificially during his Wednesday press conference whether or not the uncertainty of the game bothered him, Bill Belichick dismissed the subject out of hand.  

"I don’t really care about the Broncos game right now," Belichick said. "I’m worried about the Washington game. I don’t really care about it. When they tell us to play, we’re going to show up and play the game. When it happens, it happens. Right now, I...

12/07/2011 - 1:40pm
Pats practice: Ridley, Vollmer, Spikes absent

FOXBORO --  The trio of rookie running back Stevan Ridley, right tackle Sebastian Vollmer and linebacker Brandon Spikes were not spotted at Patriots practice indoors at the Dana Farber Field House as the team began on-field preparations for the Redskins this Sunday in Washington.

Vollmer injured his right foot in the Eagles game on Nov. 27 and missed last Sunday's game against the Colts while Spikes injured his right knee in the loss to the Giants on Nov. 6 and hasn't played since. 

The team practiced in full pads for the first time in three weeks. Linebacker Dane Fletcher was back on the practice field, his first practice in pads in over a month after requiring multiple surgeries on his thumb, the Boston Globe reported. 

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12/07/2011 - 11:17am
WR Dickerson signed to Pats practice squad

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have signed wide receiver Dorin Dickerson, 23, to their practice squad, taking the place of Nick McDonald, who was signed off the practice squad last week to start at center. Dickerson also fills the role of Tiquan Underwood, who was promoted two weeks ago and takes the spot of wide receiver Taylor Price, who was released last week to make room for McDonald on the active roster. Price was picked up this week by the Jaguars.

Dickerson is a second-year player who was originally drafted by the Texans in the seventh round (227th overall) out of Pittsburgh in 2010. As a rookie, he played in seven games mainly on special teams. Dickerson, 6-foot-2, 227 pounds, was released by Houston on Sept. 3, 2011 and was then signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad on Sept. 12 before being released on Sept. 15. During his college career, he played at wide receiver, linebacker and tight end.

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12/07/2011 - 10:43am
Wheeler to decline salary arbitration

DALLAS -- According to an industry source, Red Sox reliever Dan Wheeler will decline the team's offer of salary arbitration. As such, assuming the right-hander signs a major league contract elsewhere, the team will be entitled to a compensatory draft pick.

Wheeler made $3 million in 2011 with a team option for the same salary in 2012. The Sox declined that option at the end of the season. Wheeler would have been entitled to at least $2.4 million had he accepted arbitration, but will instead test the open market, though it remains possible that he could talk again with the Sox.

Wheeler, 33, was 2-2 with a 4.38 ERA in 47 appearances (49 1/3 innings). He struck out 7.1 batters per nine innings and walked 1.5 per nine innings. He struggled in April before landing on the DL in early-May, and he missed much of September with a forearm strain. In between, however, he had a strong mid-season run in which he had a 1.53 ERA over 35 appearances.

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12/07/2011 - 9:36am
Brickley on D&C: Seguin 'let his team down'

NESN analyst Andy Brickley joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning for his weekly appearance. Brickley discussed Bruins forward Tyler Seguin being benched in Boston's loss to the Jets on Tuesday night.

Seguin missed a mandatory team breakfast on Tuesday morning, leading to coach Claude Julien to make Seguin a healthy scratch against Winnipeg. It was not the first time that Seguin had missed a team event. The Bruins went on to have their point streak snapped in a 2-1 loss against the Jets.

Brickley said that the players had to show up for breakfast at some point between 8:30 and 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and that this is what the Bruins typically do on the road. Seguin never made it to the breakfast in that time frame.

"It's never an easy decision, but this was a decision that had to be made," Brickley said of Seguin's benching. "It may have happened in the past, he was fined and he was told that this was...

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