FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski was the only player not spotted as the team practiced in full pads in their final Foxboro practice of the season. The tight end missed his second straight day of practice with a left ankle injury, an injury his father told a Western New York TV station was a high ankle sprain.
Gronkowski suffered the injury late in the third quarter against the Ravens when safety Bernard Pollard tackled him and fell on the ankle, twisting it beneath him. Gronkowski's father said the tight end will be "fine" to play in the game.
The Patriots will move their operation to Indianapolis on Sunday when they arrive for Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis.
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The Patriots, as per their usual practice, have not been very forthcoming with details about the injury tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered in the AFC championship game.
According to Gronkowski's father, Gordy, the injury is a high ankle sprain. Speaking to Buffalo-area television station WIVB, the elder Gronk said he expects his son will be OK for the Super Bowl.
Gronkowski was hurt while being tackled by Ravens defensive back Bernard Pollard after making a catch in the third quarter. He limped to the locker room before returning in the fourth quarter. He has been spotted in a walking boot and has not practiced with the team this week.
Gordy Gronkowski, a former Syracuse offensive lineman who owns a chain of exercise equipment stores called G&G Fitness, also talked about his son's improvement in his professionalism....
NFL analyst Michael Lombardi, in his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, suggested that the recent inconsistency of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suggests that it is Giants counterpart Eli Manning who is currently playing at the higher level. One week after he threw for six touchdowns in a divisional playoff game against the Broncos, Brady didn't throw for a touchdown while tossing two picks against the Ravens in the AFC championship game, something that Lombardi said was the byproduct of missed plays rather than Baltimore's defense.
"It wasn’t so much the Ravens played great defense. The Patriots didn’t execute," said Lombardi. "Which Tom are we going to get? The one from Denver or the one against Baltimore? I think that’s the question you have to ask. The last [AFC] championship Tom played in, against San Diego [in 2008], I think he threw three interceptions as well.
"I talked to him...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, speaking at a charity event hosted by Kevin Youkilis, told reporters that he was not overly eager for his team to acquire another starter. Though he took stock of an American League landscape that has become more daunting with the moves by Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder (among others) from the National League, Valentine also suggested that he is comfortable with the current shape of the Red Sox starting staff and that adding more pitching would complicate his planning for spring training, given the potential struggle to find innings for all of the pitchers competing for rotation spots.
“Another pitcher would be, I guess OK,” Valentine told reporters. “It’s not at the top of my wish list. ... I think we have a lot of numbers right now. If all the reports are right and the three starting pitchers [Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz] we have penciled in at this time are healthy and ready to...
Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco told the Associated Press that his season with the Patriots has been "humbling," but that he is ultimately happier to be going to the Super Bowl as a roster member of one of the participating teams rather than as a representative of the Ochocinco News Network.
"It's been a learning experience; that's what this has been. This had been one of the most humbling experiences I've ever been in," Ochocinco told the AP. "This is one of the first times I've been about doing exactly what everyone told me to do. It wasn't about the numbers. It wasn't about money. It wasn't about me."
Asked if he regretted that tradeoff, Ochocinco was adamant. From the story:
"No!" he said with an expletive and a smile, "because I've done the other thing over...
We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after he provided the big hit in the 10th inning driving in 3 runs as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-1. Mookie talks about playing behind a pitcher like Chris Sale, and the amount of strikeouts from Sale lightens his work in the outfield.
In the final hour Christian talks about the Celtics and their poor performance and how they can not let a player like Rondo beat them. The Aaron Hernandez saga in Christian's opinion is similar to a TV show. In the late night low light a mystic has predicted that WW3 will be starting in a few weeks and Christian wonders how do you become a mystic and can you make a career out of it.
Hour 4. While discussing what kind of music Aaron Hernandez may have liked, the guys realize they hate musicals. Robert Kennedy Jr. has voice spasms. The week ends with a tragedy.
Hour 3. A game by game breakdown of the Patriots schedule. Kirk has the Patriots losing 12 games. There is breaking news that Hernandez left a note for his gay jailhouse lover.
Hour 2. Mut, Gerry, and Kirk compare LeBron to Bird. Is he the second best player of all-time if he wins a fourth title? Headlines with Kirk features sound from “Hot Chocolate.” Rear Admiral broke down the B’s playoff series with Arcand.
HOUR - The last hour of the show was all over the place as the guys did a dry rehearsal of a wacky video they're supposed to record next week. They also look at the biggest games in the NFL next year, and Fauria rips off "Keefer Madness" with his "Fauria Euphoria."
HOUR 3 - The guys get into expectations for the Celtics who are down 2-0 to the Rajon Rondo-less Bulls. They also wonder how much the Celtics are listening to Brad Stevens. Christian is excited for Caitlyn Jenner's nude spread.
HOUR 2 - News breaks that Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely with a fractured thumb. Rondo was dynamite in game 2. The guys discuss whether or not the Celtics now stand a chance.
Last two hours focused on our winter teams as they struggle in their first round match-ups.
Finish out the week on Freestyle Friday talking mostly about the Aaron Hernandez suicide and how it will affect his family in hour #2.
Hour One of freestyle Friday focused mostly on the Celtics and their matchup vs the now Rondo-less Bulls.
Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
Ben sits down with Diego Fagundez to talk about Diego's rise through the ranks of the academy, his accomplishment of reaching 10,000 minutes as a homegrown player, and how he has evolved his game.
Rich and Ben discuss the Celtics poor performances in Games 1 & 2, how we have to change our predictions, Rajon Rondo's thumb injury, and who is to blame for the terrible start to the series.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the entire week of K&C shows in one mega Friday edition
Michele McPhee joins Kirk, Gerry, and Alex to talk about Hernandez’s suicide and the accusation that she may have contributed to his suicide.More from this show
Hour 3. A game by game breakdown of the Patriots schedule. Kirk has the Patriots losing 12 games. There is breaking news that Hernandez left a note for his gay jailhouse lover.More from this show
Hour 4. While discussing what kind of music Aaron Hernandez may have liked, the guys realize they hate musicals. Robert Kennedy Jr. has voice spasms. The week ends with a tragedy.More from this show
Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.More from this show
Mustard & Johnson are joined by Ron Borges to discuss his Aaron Hernandez piece in Rolling Stone.More from this show