FOXBORO -- With a cast protecting his right wrist and thumb, Patrick Chung returned to practice on Friday as the Patriots worked out in shorts and shells on the main Gillette Stadium field.
Chung reportedly had surgery earlier this week to place a pin in his thumb following an injury during Sunday's win over the Chargers. He missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday before returning Friday.
Missing from the start of practice on Friday were Albert Haynesworth (back), Dan Gronkowski (hamstring), Mike Wright (concussion), Sebastian Vollmer (back) and Aaron Hernandez (knee). All five of those players all missed practice Wednesday and Thursday. The Patriots look for their 16th straight win over the Bills when they travel to Orchard Park, N.Y. for Sunday's game.
FOXBORO -- Patriots defensive end Andre Carter was informed Friday that he was fined $15,000 for his hit on Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers on Sunday.
Carter was flagged 15 yards for roughing the passer for his hit on the first play of San Diego's first drive of the second quarter. Carter hit Rivers as he released the ball but was penalized for what was deemed to be driving the quarterback into the turf.
"There was a FedEx in the mail," Carter said. "I thought I was home free but there ended up being a nice little letter on my seat. I kind of knew what it was. I opened it up and wound up being fined.
"When you go towards the quarterback and you're kind of in that no-man's land, you have to take a shot. It wasn't necessarily dirty, it's just that what defensive ends and defensive players thrive off of, especially when it comes to harrassing the quarterback, getting that pressure. That's the way I look at it....
Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning.
The Patriots are expected to be without injured safety Patrick Chung Sunday when they visit the Bills.
"That happens in a season," McCourty said. "I think we're prepared for him not to be out there. Guys have to step up. He's played a lot of plays early in the season for us. It will be a little different without him. But I'm excited to see guys get that opportunity to step up and play well come Sunday."
The Bills come in with a 2-0 record, but McCourty said that's not a big surprise to those who paid attention in 2010 when Buffalo showed signs of improvement despite a 4-12 record.
"I think a lot of people really didn't pay attention to last year," he said. "Those guys were making plays, especially offensively, and doing things. They got a few different guys in there, some personnel changes...
Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was beaten outside of Dodger Stadium at Opening Day, has shown dramatic improvement this week. Stow's family posted an update on its website and indicated he spoke his name asked to see his children. "We are blown away with all of this," the family said. "Literally one day we got some facial responses and the next, he's talking. His voice is gravelly and you have to close to hear him, but he is talking." The 42-year-old paramedic remains in serious condition at San Francisco General Hospital.
Read more about that story and others — including an item about a Marlins reliever who apparently has been playing under a fake identity -- plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
As expected, the NBA announced on Friday that training camps have been indefinitely postponed and preseason games from Oct. 9-15 have been canceled. Camps were scheduled to open on Oct. 3. The league and the players association have been unable to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement since the NBA imposed a lockout on July 1.
The announcement affects two of the Celtics' eight preseason games that were scheduled for Providence against Philadelphia on Oct. 10 and Albany against the Knicks on Oct. 15. The regular season is scheduled set to begin on Nov. 1.
"We have regretfully reached the point on the calendar where we are not able to open training camps on time and need to cancel the first week of preseason games," said NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement issued by the league. "We will make further decisions as warranted."
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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.
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.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.
Rob Bradford is joined by both Lou Merloni and Curt Schilling to discuss the recent controversy involving Manny Machado, Dustin Pedroia, Matt Barnes and their respective teams. The two former major leagues offer insight to how baseball handles (and should handle) hitting batters as an act of revenge, with their own stories of involving similar situations as the one that unfolded in Baltimore. They also break down the decision to take Chris Sale out of his last start after eight innings. The former pitcher and batter cover it all from every angle.
Hour 4. Bradford joins the show to defend the fact that he attends Ortiz’s charity event for free. Alex doesn’t think it was unethical to out Hernandez.
Hour 3. Kirk goes on his second rant of the day. Minihane orders Alex’s and Gerry’s mics to be turned off and hosts the show by himself.
Hour 2. The guys talk discuss Hernandez’s gay lover with Reimer. Reimer says there aren’t a lot of straight guys looking to experiment. Bradford tells Mut he paid for his wife to attend the Ortiz charity event.
Some house cleaning is being done at ESPN as reports of employee cuts begin to come out. And how pissed/not pissed should Matt Barnes be?
Buck joins the guys to discuss his piece on how the Red Sox need to address the Dustin Pedroia-Matt Barnes situation.
In a break from the usual, we start the show by goofing on Glenn. We get into the Boston Globe's piece on Tom Brady's charity.
The article didn't actually reveal anything that wasn't already public record, but the Globe "expose" on Brady and his relationship with the Best Buddies charity certainly has everybody around here talking about it.
We spend some time talking Sox as news of the rain cancellation comes down. A few more thoughts on the spat in Baltimore and Dustin Pedroia, plus David Price takes to twitter for his "media session".
Dollar beer night in Houston!
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.
Buck and Reimer debate over whether it’s appropriate to speculate about Aaron Hernandez’s sexuality. Buck says his sources don’t corroborate what Michele McPhee and the Daily Mail have reported about the disgraced ex-NFL star’s love life. Reimer disagrees with the Boston Globe's assertion that there's a homophobic element to the Hernandez story.
Buck and Reimer share their coming out stories and discuss the different ways they decided to reveal their sexualities. Buck waited until more than 30 years into his career, whereas Reimer announced he was gay during his second appearance on WEEI. On that note, Buck presses Reimer on whether he's exploiting his sexuality to further his career.
Rich Keefe & Uncle Buck (Boston Sports 101) talk about the greatest comic book writer of all-time, Alan Moore. They look at his best works including Watchmen, From Hell, V for Vendetta, Batman: The Killing Joke and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Plus they rank the movies he has inspired (and refused to watch).
Danny talks about the Red Sox and Orioles game and the fireworks in the 8th inning when Matt Barnes threw at Manny Machado. Pedroia was shown talking to Machado saying he wouldn't have thrown at his head and Danny wants to know how bad does this make Pedroia look throwing a teammate under the bus.More from this show
Hour 4. Crazy Al calls in for the second day in a row. A terrible caller tries to make a point. The Arkansas inmates had interesting last meals. Tomase’s epic acceptance speech.More from this show
Hour 3. Kirk goes on his second rant of the day. Minihane orders Alex’s and Gerry’s mics to be turned off and hosts the show by himself.More from this show
Hour 1. Mut joins Kirk and Gerry. The guys can’t believe neither Boston newspaper covered the Hernandez sexuality story. Over the weekend, the Globe’s Bob Hohler wrote a slanted piece about Tom Brady’s work with charity.More from this show
Hour 4. The guys think the Globe was looking for more with Brady, possibly a Trump connection. Crazy Al joins the show multiple times.More from this show