FOXBORO -- As expected, running back Fred Taylor was ruled out for Sunday's game against Baltimore with a toe injury while safety James Sanders is questionable with an ailing hamstring. Taylor did not practice this week while Sanders was again limited on Friday as the team continued its preparations for the Ravens this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The team practiced in brisk winds inside Gillette Stadium, on the main field.
Patriots Injury Report for Friday:
Did Not Practice
RB Fred Taylor (toe) OUT
S James Sanders (hamstring) Questionable
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder) Probable
CB Terrence Wheatley (foot) Probable
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Appearing on The Big Show, MLB.com and NESN baseball analyst Peter Gammons talked about the perception the public will have regarding the Red Sox spending money this offseason after their investment in the Liverpool F.C. soccer team. Regarding the purchase of the team, Gammons said, "I'm told it's a one billion dollar business they bought for about 400 million," also noting that the investment might actually help the Sox over a 10-year period.
Within the conversation about the Red Sox' approach in the offseason, Gammons suggested that Tampa Bay outfielder Carl Crawford will be the Sox' chief target. "My guess is that they will go really hard after Carl Crawford." The Hall of Fame journalist noted that Crawford might warrant the kind of long-term contract he will be looking for because "he doesn't want to be the guy stealing 70 bases," and is content in becoming more than just a basestealer heading into his 30's...
WILMINGTON -- A season after finishing with the 23rd power play in the NHL, the Bruins have been able to convert just one of their first eight power plays on the season, good for 19th so far on the young season. The team had the third-best penalty kill in the league in 2009-10, but allowing a power play goal on one of three opportunities the Coyotes had places them 28th in the league in the category. Bruins coach Claude Julien spoke about special teams on Friday and preached patience.
"I think we had 19 shots on the power play. We came out with one goal," Julien said. "I know we had some opportunities, and we maybe didn't quite finish. … I wouldn't jump all over the power play and say it hasn't been good more than it hasn't had the results.
"You get two more goals and you're in the top five. That's how close it is. It's two games in. It's just like our penalty kill. We gave...
FOXBORO -- With all of the uncertainty revolving around the NFL labor situation and the move by Deion Branch to restructure his contract, Wes Welker was asked Friday if he would like to see the Patriots come forward and re-work his current, five-year, $18 million deal, signed in March, 2007.
"Not really at all,” Welker said. “All I know is, I’m under contract and I’m just happy to be here, happy to be a Patriot and just look forward to winning some ballgames.”
Welker is considered one of the most underpaid receivers in the NFL, and with the trade of Randy Moss to Minnesota, he becomes the active team leader in receptions and touchdowns since his arrival in 2007. This season, Welker leads the Patriots with 26 catches, 217 yards and three touchdown catches.
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Offensive lineman Stephen Neal made his weekly Patriots Friday appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday afternoon, as the Pats prepare to host the Ravens on Sunday.
Neal was asked how he felt about watching game film from last season's playoff game in which the Ravens routed the Patriots, 33-14. "I really don't like to think back about how it felt that day and the next couple of months that followed, but it's important to go back and watch to see what could have been a lot better and what was pretty good," he said. "It definitely gives you a little bit of extra motivation. It was not something I wanted to do, but it's something that's necessary."
Neal spent some talking talking about the strategy of the dominating Baltimore defense. "On early downs, they line up with you and they'll slug it out with you," he said. "Then you get into their sub personnel, the smaller groupings, and...
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DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
Patriots safety Devin McCourty joined the show to talk about the loss to Denver, how well Logan Ryan played, and his own inability to field punts.
Patriots special teams ace, Matthew Slater, joined the show after Sunday's loss to the Broncos to talk about coach Belichick's demeanor after the game, looking forward to the playoffs, Chris Harper's muffed punt, and compares Rob Gronkowski to Shaquille O'Neal.
After losing their season to the Broncos on Sunday night, AND Rob Gronkowski to a knee injury, Bill Belichick was surly and combative towards the assembled media.
Christian Arcand and Lenny Megliola discuss Tom Brady vs. Cam Newton for NFL MVP in a spirited hour of radio on the Planet Mikey Show
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FOXBORO — The Patriots will have their biggest challenge to date to remain perfect as they travel to Denver to take on the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the 8-2 Broncos Sunday night at Sports Authority Field.
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