FOXBORO -- Despite earning his third Pro Bowl berth on Tuesday night, Logan Mankins says he's not trying to prove a point by playing extra hard this season.
"I don't know if you ever watched any of our games, but I tend to play hard the majority of the time so I don't think I'm playing for a contract right now," said Mankins, who missed training camp and the first half of the season because of a contract dispute before reporting prior to the team's Nov. 7 game in Cleveland. He has been in Pro Bowl form ever since. Bill Belichick hailed Mankins as a lineman of "superior toughness."
"It means a lot," added Mankins. "I'd hate to be known as a wimp or a dummy so I'll take the first one, that's a lot better. It's nice. That's not why we play games, to make Pro Bowls. We play to win games so if it happens, it happens and you're happy about it. If you never make one, that's part of the...
Four players missed Dolphins practice as the team prepares to head north for Sunday's season finale against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The complete Dolphins injury report from Wednesday:
Did Not Participate
CB Nolan Carroll (head)
LB Karlos Dansby (toe)
TE Anthony Fasano (knee)
TE Lydon Murtha (head)
FOXBORO — Tom Brady practiced Wednesday but was limited as were Deion Branch, Jermaine Cunningham, Aaron Hernandez and Myron Pryor. Tully Banta-Cain was out with the flu and Ron Brace missed practice with an elbow injury.
The complete injury report from Wednesday:
Did Not Participate
LB Tully Banta-Cain (flu)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)
G Dan Connolly (concussion)
DL Ron Brace (elbow)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
WR Deion Branch (knee)
TE Aaron Hernandez (hip)
NT Myron Pryor (back)
LB Jermaine Cunningham (calf)
CB Kyle Arrington (elbow)
CB Devin McCourty (rib)
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FOXBORO -- Wes Welker was selected by his Patriots teammates as the recipient of the 2010 Ed Block Courage Award, annually voted to the player who best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship while also serving as a source of inspiration.
Welker tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee in the 2009 season finale in Houston, but had reconstructive surgery and returned from his injury well ahead of expectations. He was back in the starting lineup for the season-opener in 2010, and he heads into the 2010 season-finale with a team-leading 86 receptions for 848 yards with seven touchdowns. Welker’s 86 catches currently rank fourth in the NFL. Welker, who had three-straight 100-catch seasons from 2007-09, is expected to become the first Patriots player to lead the team in receptions in four straight seasons.
Welker and award winners from the 31 other NFL teams will be honored at the 33rd Annual Ed Block...
Oney Guillen, son of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, has criticized Bobby Jenks in a series of Twitter posts.
Jenks was the White Sox closer for the last five seasons before signing a two-year deal with the Red Sox last week. Jenks told MLB.com that he was “looking forward to playing for a manager who knows how to run a bullpen.”
Perhaps in defense of his father, Oney Guillen called Jenks a "punk" in one Twitter post and in another wrote that Jenks "cried in the managers office bc u have problems now u go and talk bad about the sox after they protected u for 7 years."
Oney Guillen resigned from his job in the White Sox scouting department in March after posting negative tweets about general manager Ken Williams.
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Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
Danny and Price react to the HOF class that was announced last night. They get into the names and legacies, especially a questionable one in Tony Dungy.
Boston Celtics stud Evan Turner joins the WEEI Celtics Podcast to reflect on the Celtics hot streak going into the All-Star break. Turner discussed how much he values being in a great situation in Boston and tries to get inside the life of Brad Stevens. First, Sam Packard and Jared Weiss chopped it up with Kyle Draper, covering the Celtics thrilling classic against Paul Pierce and the Los Angeles Clippers and broke down potential trade scenarios ahead of the deadline.
Trailing a big win by the Celtics over the Clippers, Paul Flannery of SB Nation calls in to talk everything Celtics.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training.
Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes joins Rob Bradford to discuss why he's now a relief pitcher, how important it is that he throws harder than most, lessons he learned from last season, and why his love for two very different restaurants in Cracker Barrel and Twin Peaks
This week the guys are joined by Ian Browne of MLB.com, they talk about Clay Buchholz and the impending opening of spring training
Ken Laird & DJ Bean discuss the LA Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden on Tuesday as former Bruin Milan Lucic was one of 9 different players to score during a 57-shot night for the Kings
DJ, Pete and Ken continue their discussion about the direction of the Bruins and how some of their moves are ambiguous and tough to figure out their thinking. Are they going for it all or rebuilding. Again, DJ appropriately calls it a "soft rebuild." They talk about acquiring Beleskey as well as Brett Connolly's recent play. Also, the boys talked with Arpon Basu about the spiraling Montreal Canadiens.
Robert Kraft on WCVB.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Minihane.
A caller to Mike Francesca duped The Pope into thinking that Oscar Robinson was #29 on the list (he was actually #11) which prompted Mike to go insane.
Patriot fans, as expected, begin to connect the dots in hopes of bringing the talented RB to Foxboro.
Lou did the crossover at 9:55 on Friday, which led to a fiery exchange between himself and Kirk Minihane. Lou tells the story and opines on the situation.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with our good friend John Buccigross and talk some NHL hockey.
Dale, Michael and Jerry open up the floodgates on a freestyle friday and talk about whatever you want.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss how good a fit former Bear Matt Forte would be in this Patriots offense.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny, and Lucy are talking Patriots, Red Sox, Presidents and a whole lot more.
Mikey and Mut are talking about free agent running back Matt Forte, and whether he would be a good fit for the Patriots.
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training
Kate Scott, of KNBR in San Francisco, joins Lucy to discuss women in sports radio, the Super Bowl, and how great it is to talk about sports for a living.