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10/14/2011 - 12:10pm
Mayo returns to Patriots practice

FOXBORO -- After reportedly spraining the MCL in his left knee against the Raiders on Oct. 2, Jerod Mayo was back at Patriots practice in the light rain on Friday on the main Gillette Stadium field. 

Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis also returned to practice on Friday after being limited on Wednesday and missing Thursday with a toe injury. Vince Wilfork returned after missing Thursday due to what he termed "personal business" and is expected to be ready for Sunday against the Cowboys. 

The only player not spotted on the field was safety Josh Barrett, who has been out this week with hamstring and thumb injuries. 

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


10/14/2011 - 10:29am
Source: Sox only want prospects for Theo

A major league source informed WEEI's Lou Merloni that the Red Sox are seeking only prospects in return from the Cubs in order to release general manager Theo Epstein from his contract so that he can move to Chicago. The source suggested that the Sox are not seeking money as part of the return for the exit of the man who has headed their baseball operations for the last nine seasons.

WEEI's John Dennis reported on Thursday that the Sox and Cubs differed over their initial proposals regarding compensation for Epstein's relocation, with the Sox having asked for prospects and the Cubs having offered money. ESPN.com reported that Cubs owner Tom Ricketts provided a list of prospects to interim Chicago GM Randy Bush, scouting director Tim Wilken and...

10/14/2011 - 9:09am
Lombardi on D&C: 'Biggest challenge' for Pats

Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning for his weekly chat about the Patriots and the NFL.

The Patriots host the Cowboys Sunday, and Lombardi predicts a battle.

"I think it's going to be a really hard game for the Patriots, I really do," he said. "I think because the Cowboys can keep pace with the Patriots offense, the game won't get away from them. I think this is going to be the biggest challenge that the Patriots are going to face all season, because their defense is good in Dallas, and it's going to require some turnovers. The Patriots are going to have to play their best on both sides of the ball to win. The Cowboys are a desperate team in a sense because they're 2-2 and the way they lost their last game.

"I think it's going to be a tough game for the Patriots because they're going to have to find a way to slow down Tony Romo. I think the key to the game is...

10/14/2011 - 7:46am
Mashup: Dolphins' Marshall predicts ejection

Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall said he hasn't been playing with enough emotion this season, and he promised that will change Monday night against the Jets. In fact, Marshall predicted he'll be so fired up that he will "get kicked out of the game in the second quarter" and "might do something to get fined $50,000." Pressed to clarify, he insisted, "I'm not joking." Marshall even offered specific examples of what he might do, including picking a fight with Jets linebacker Bart Scott or punting a football 15 rows into the crowd.

Marshall was diagnosed with a personality disorder in the offseason, and he claims that his attempt to keep his temper in check has hurt him as a football player. "I've been living in a bubble a little to control my emotions," he said.

Also in the news Friday, Jets receiver Santonio Holmes took shots at his offensive line for the second straight week, refusing to tone down his act...

10/13/2011 - 8:02pm
Source: Sox-Cubs negotiations hit bump

WEEI's John Dennis is reporting that the initial day of negotiations between the Red Sox and Cubs regarding the compensation that Chicago would send to the Sox in order to hire general manager Theo Epstein revealed a gap between the sides.

Wrote Dennis on Twitter: Day 1 of the COMPENSATION negotiation between Sox & Cubs did NOT go well today. Boston wants prospects. Chicago wants to pay just cash.

Epstein, Dennis reported on Wednesday, has agreed to a five-year deal with the Cubs. However, because he has one year left on the four-year deal he signed with the Sox after the 2008 season, the Sox seek compensation in order to release him from his obligations.

The Sox were on the other side of a similar situation in 2002, when the team was going to offer one or more prospects to the A's in order to bring Billy Beane from Oakland to Boston. However, the two sides never needed to reach an agreement, since after Beane had initially...

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