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11/05/2010 - 10:56am
Pats practice: Banta-Cain, Taylor, Page miss

FOXBORO -- Linebacker Tully Banta-Cain was not spotted for the open portion of Patriots practice on Friday at Gillette Stadium. Banta-Cain was not listed on the injury report on Wednesday or Thursday. 

 

Also missing practice outdoors on the main stadium field were running back Fred Taylor, who is expected to miss his fifth straight game with a toe injury, and safety Jarrad Page, out with a calf injury. Page didn't play last week against Minnesota. 

 

The Patriots, finalizing on-field preparations for the Browns this Sunday in Cleveland, practiced in sweats and shells. 

 

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


11/05/2010 - 8:20am
Schefter on D&C: Browns will upset Pats

ESPN's Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show as part of WEEI's Patriot Friday. Schefter is predicting the Browns will upset the Patriots on Sunday.

 

"Cleveland seems to play its best football against good teams, evidenced by the fact that they've beaten the defending Super Bowl champion each of the last three years, including the New Orleans Saints on the road two weeks ago," Schefter said. "I think they're coming back home. I think that they're coming off a bye week. I think the Patriots are coming off a game that took some things out of them, a great win over the Minnesota Vikings, where everybody thought a game like that could go either way.

 

"I just think that Cleveland is this tough, crafty football team. New England's the best team in football right now. You're not going to get an argument from me on that. I just think on one Sunday, I think it's going to be a...

11/05/2010 - 7:33am
LEEInks List: When sports and food go bad

Randy Moss' departure from Minnesota apparently was triggered by his rude behavior toward some employees who were catering a post-practice meal for the Vikings. This got us thinking about other infamous incidents in sports involving food. Who can forget then-Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens tossing items from a postgame buffet at a writer, an NFL assistant coach's naked trip through a fast food drive-through window, or Jim Schoenfeld's "Have another doughnut" rant at an NHL official? To read our complete list, head over to the LEEInks blog.


11/05/2010 - 6:19am
Mayo on D&C: Moss 'hospitable to staff here'

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning as part of WEEI's Patriots Friday. With the Patriots set to meet the lowly Browns on Sunday, Mayo was asked if Bill Belichick's rivalry with Eric Mangini has been used as motivation.

 

"We haven't really talked about Eric Mangini at all, to be honest with you," Mayo said. "It's just about how they beat the Saints, how they're a good team, how they have a great running attack. We need to go out and win this game."

 

Added Mayo: "The theme of the week is: Six games won't get you anywhere. That's our attitude, and we're fighting to keep winning."

 

The Cleveland attack is led by running back Peyton Hillis. "He's big guy, strong runner, and it will be a great challenge for me," Mayo said. Mayo added that Hillis weighs 250 pounds, while the linebacker checks in at...

11/05/2010 - 6:03am
Mashup: Isiah wants back with Knicks

Despite being coach at Florida International University, Isiah Thomas doesn't mind letting everyone know he would prefer to be in New York. In an interview with ESPN, Thomas was asked if he thought about eventually replacing 69-year-old Donny Walsh as Knicks president. Thomas replied, "Every single day of the week." Read more about that story, plus check out what's being said about the controversy involving Heisman Trophy favority Cam Newton, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


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