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12/29/2010 - 5:13pm
Mankins: 'Not playing for a contract'

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...

12/29/2010 - 4:51pm
Dolphins practice report: Dansby misses

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)

 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


12/29/2010 - 4:32pm
Pats injury report: TBC out with flu

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)

 

Limited Participation

QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)

WR Deion Branch (knee)

TE Aaron Hernandez (hip)

NT Myron Pryor (back)

LB Jermaine Cunningham (calf)

 

Full Participation

CB Kyle Arrington (elbow)

CB Devin McCourty (rib)

 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


12/29/2010 - 3:41pm
Welker wins Ed Block Courage award

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...

12/29/2010 - 3:39pm
Oney Guillen: Jenks a 'punk'

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.

 

For more Red Sox news visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


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