FOXBORO -- Running back Fred Taylor returned to Patriots practice on Friday on the upper practice fields outdoors. Taylor has missed the last seven games since injuring his right ankle against Baltimore on Oct. 4 at Gillette Stadium. He had surgery shortly after the injury to repair ligaments in the ankle, according to the Florida Times-Union. For the second straight day, practice was held in full pads and helmets. Only safety Bret Lockett was missing from practice as the Patriots get ready to take on the Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m. For more, visit the football blog at It Is What It Is.
ESPN.com's Buster Olney is reporting that Marco Scutaro will receive a guaranteed $12.5 million for two years, with the chance to push the deal to $17 million. According to Olney, Scutaro will receive a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $5 million each in the next two seasons. There is then a mutual option that would allow the Sox to pick up Scutaro for a third year at $6 million. If the Sox decline their option, then Scutaro could either exercise a $3 million player option, or he could take a $1.5 million buyout.
So, based on Olney's report:
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning. Schefter said not to expect fired Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis to return to the Patriots this year, and probably not next year, either. Said Schefter: "Let's be real here. How's he coming back this year? That's not happening. That's absurd. To come back next year ... Could it happen? Sure. Anything could happen. Every staff turns over. But I can tell you, I've talked to a lot of different people this week. I have not gotten any indication from anybody that I've spoken to that Charlie Weis is on the Patriots' radar for next year. Certainly not this year. Next year? Look, it's possible. ... Could he join the Patriots? Sure, he could. He's beloved in that area. They hold him in high regard in the Patriots orginazation. But they have no plans to go out and hire Charlie Weis."
Schefter said that despite the Patriots' loss to...
Patriots tight end Ben Watson made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and admitted that, like Vikings star Adrian Peterson, he once traveled 109 mph — in a minivan while in high school in South Carolina.
Asked about how it is that the Patriots don't seem to have many off-field troubles, Watson said: "I think it's maybe a combination of good luck but also discipline. I think everyone on our team really understands what it means to be on this team. ... I think everybody kind of buys in."
Watson has put Monday's loss to the Saints behind him and is focused the Patriots getting their first win in a true road game this season when they visit Miami on Sunday. Said Watson: "We haven't won a game on the road in a hostile environment. That's something that we need to start doing, especially in this last stretch of the season."
To listen to the...
Allen Iverson was teary-eyed talking about his return to the Philadelphia 76ers. Here's guessing he'll be doing some more crying when things don't go so well the rest of the season. Check out the story and video from Iverson's press conference, plus updates on all the day's top stories (including Tiger), as well as video clips, trivia, Quote of the Day and more. It's all at Friday's Morning Mashup.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discussing the Patriots getting back to their normal routine now that Media Day is in the past and they're no longer answering Deflategate questions.
Rich Gannon stops by to talk about his 6 days as a New England Patriot and give another QB's perspective of deflate gate.
ESPN's John Brenkus stops by to talk about the science experiments he conducted with regards to deflate gate.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
New York radio personality Joe Beningo sits down with D&C to discuss all the topics surrounding this year's big game.
Florio talks about the latest surrounding the Patriots' handling of footballs. He also reveals that other NFL head coaches are running their own tests on footballs.
Buck talks with Dino, Gerry and Kirk about his trip to media day and his choice to go to Marshawn Lynch's podium.
The best sounds of Christian during the Media Day festivities.
Gordie Gronkowski talks about his son's wild year and tells some stories about raising his sons.
Kurt Warner, NFL Network and former Super Bowl winning QB, spoke with Christian Fauria regarding "Deflategate." He said that he WANTS to believe Tom but after Spygate, he's not so sure. He also said he wants to believe that nothing fishy happened during Super Bowl 36, but he can't ignore the recent developments.
We talk about four of our favorite Super Bowls (We only chose one Pats Super Bowl)
Dale and Michael talk to John Brenkus about the tests he did in relation to deflate gate and the conclusions he came to.
Rich Gannon tells the story of when he got drafted by the Patriots and gives his view of deflate gate.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.More from this show
New York radio personality Joe Beningo sits down with D&C to discuss all the topics surrounding this year's big game.More from this show
Florio talks about the latest surrounding the Patriots' handling of footballs. He also reveals that other NFL head coaches are running their own tests on footballs.More from this show
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.More from this show
Dale and Michael talk to John Brenkus about the tests he did in relation to deflate gate and the conclusions he came to.More from this show