FOXBORO -- Patriots rookie cornerback Ras-I Dowling was not spotted at the start of practice inside the Dana Farber Field House on Thursday as the team continued its preparation for the Steelers on Sunday in Pittsburgh. Dowling has not played since Week 2 against San Diego and has been inactive in three of the last four games with a hip injury.
Dowling returned to practice on Tuesday and worked out in full pads on Wednesday before missing Thursday. Also missing for the third straight day was linebacker Dane Fletcher, who has been nursing a thumb injury.
The team worked out in sweats and shells inside on the turf as Bill Belichick moved the team indoors to get out of the raw, rainy weather. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is.
In his weekly interview on the Dennis & Callahan Show, NESN commentator Andy Brickley said that the Bruins, who are 3-5-0, face a potentially pivotal week after a four-day layoff to rest and practice. Brickley said that the Bruins have been made well aware of the fact that teams that are outside of the top eight in their conference on Nov. 1 rarely claw their way into the playoff picture.
That being the case, Brickley described the forthcoming four games on the Bruins schedule as significant. The B's have a home-and-home series with the Canadiens, a home game against the Senators and a road game against the Maple Leafs, all divisional opponents.
"This is a huge week," said Brickley. "It's a big week to me because they're playing four divisional games. ... It's a big week for them to climb...
There were substantially fewer people at Saturday's UMass-UNH football game at Gillette Stadium than a typical Patriots game, but the event required more of an effort from police. According to the Attleboro Sun Chronicle, Saturday's "Colonial Clash," which drew a crowd of 19,800, ended with 64 people being placed into custody, compared with 48 at the previous Sunday's Pats game. Most of the fans were placed into protective custody for intoxication. There were 16 criminal arrests, including 10 for minors in possession of alcohol.
Foxboro police chief Edward O'Leary blamed unsanctioned buses from both campuses that arrived late and were filled with intoxicated students.
"It was relatively quiet until the game got under way, when the students arrived from the party buses," O'Leary said, adding that many of those individuals did not even attend the game, instead heading for restaurants and bars at Patriot Place.
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz told ESPN.com that he was pleased to hear that new Boston general manager Ben Cherington had spoken of his desire to bring back the slugger, who is eligible for free agency. For his part, Ortiz reiterated to the website that he has no desire to go to a team other than the one with whom he has made his home since 2003.
Ortiz' agent met with the Sox to begin negotiations, and he and the Sox plan on speaking again before the window of exclusivity for teams to negotiate with their own free agents expires five days after the World Series. For his part, Ortiz insists that he will reward the Sox if they bring him back.
"I would never try to do anything to hurt the organization. This organization, I hope I don't have to go anywhere else. Playing for the Red Sox you have to be proud...
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, speaking from his Huntington Beach, Calif. home Wednesday, strongly criticized the idea that beer needed to be banned from clubhouses in Major League Baseball, calling such a move "asinine."
MLB vice-president Joe Torre had intimated at the World Series that MLB may look into banning beer from clubhouses following the controversy surrounding accusations that Red Sox pitchers drank during games throughout the 2011 season. Torre did go on radio in New York Wednesday to say no change would be made, stating that MLB would allow the clubs to dictate their own policies regarding the matter.
Even the thought of the alteration, however, infuriated Maddon.
"I'm not into knee-jerk reactions," the Rays manager told WEEI.com. "If somebody had all of these wonderful thoughts prior to this happening I may be more on board with it, or more empathetic to it. But all of this knee-jerk stuff...
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.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe catch-up with former Sox GM Theo Epstein who is in town with the World Champion Cubs to take on the Sox this weekend.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox, John Farrell, for our weekly interview.
Rob Bradford is joined by Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Craig Breslow, who is one of the foremost authorities among professional athletes when it comes to understanding how charities work. Not only does Breslow head up his own charity, the Strike 3 Foundation, but also proactively has taken the Boston Globe to task via a letter to the editor after a 2013 article criticizing the allocation of funds for high-profile athlete's charities. Breslow digs into the recent controversy surrounding Tom Brady's affiliation with Best Buddies, explaining why the recent Globe article was misguided.
Gerry and Kirk read some inspiring quotes from Tony Robbins and Curtis is all set to see the man himself in June.
Tony Robbins fans were sent to the hospital after getting injured walking over coals and Pat is a massive fan of Tony Robbins.
Gerry, Kirk and Arcand react to Brady getting into a business relationship with Tony Robbins.
Night 1 of the draft has passed and Jimmy Garoppolo is still here. The general consensus on the Bears was that they screwed up their draft. And Larry Bird is out in Indiana. Is there hope for Ordway's Paul George dream?
The offensive issues for this Red Sox team are becoming more and more obvious. We also react to our interview with Pedro Martinez.
Chris Sale basically took on Tanaka and the Yankees by himself last night. And the Sox hot corner of days past seem to be gone as far as third base goes.
Final two hours of Dale and Holley with Keefe for a Friday.
Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss a variety of topics for the first two hours of Freestyle Friday.
We close out the week with another edition of the madness and LAROY!!!!!!!!!!! takes you into the weekend.
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 and Alex talk to Charlie Stillitano, the man responsible for the International Champions Cup. He has created tournaments for the biggest teams in the world to be played in the US every summer. This year he will bring Juventus and Roma to play in Foxboro on July 30th.
Ken and Chris have the Good Weekend recap of a Friday Christian Arcand edition of K&C.
It’s Day 1 of the NFL Draft tonight so Jim Hackett & Pete Davidson offer a little pre-draft fodder for you featuring the Top Tight Ends and Top Wide Receivers. It’s Day 1 of the draft so there’s a lot of focus on the Top Tier talent who you could see drafted tonight including analysis on OJ Howard, Evan Engram & David Njoku; all Tight Ends that could be drafted in tonight’s 1st Round – a rarity. The analysis deepens with more focus on the Top 10 Tight Ends including Jake Butt, Bucky Hodges and Jordan Leggett. Then the boys turn to the Top Wide Receivers, including John Ross, Corey Davis, Mike Williams and JuJu Smith-Shuster. We’ll see where these guys land tonight, but you can learn more and have a few laughs right now.
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