FOXBORO -- In a week that has featured the trash-talking episodes between Kevin Garnett and Charlie Villanueva of the Pistons and Andrew Bogut of the Bucks, Patriots receiver said Friday he would much prefer letting his play on the field do the talking.
"For me, I feel like there's a line," Welker said Friday. "I'm not really big into it unless it's one of those deals where you do get into the heat of battle but it's not really one of my fortes. There are things said. I think it just depends on the player and the guy out there. Some guys like to do it, some don't. You can get caught up in the emotion of the game and probably say some things you wish you had back.
Ray Allen of the Celtics said he cringes when he hears NFL players having a microphone on them during games and doesn't want to see the same thing in the NBA. Welker said Friday he can relate after wearing a microphone during a Patriots...
FOXBORO -- The NFL fined Patriots defensive lineman Myron Pryor $7,500 for his hit on Brett Favre, resulting in eight stitches under the quarterback's helmet.
There was no penalty called for the hit, which resulted in Favre being knocked out from the game with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. Favre did not return but did not sustain a concussion, as he passed tests performed Sunday night. Meanwhile, Gary Guyton was also fined $7,500 and penalized 15 yards for his hit on Favre late in the first quarter that helped set up Minnesota's first touchdown.
Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports football insider Peter King made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday. In the current issue of Sports Illustrated, King named Tom Brady his midseason MVP but listed Peyton Manning as his All-Pro quarterback.
Said King: "To me, I think it's arguable that Peyton Manning has played better in the first half of the season but that Tom Brady has been more valuable to the best team in football in the first half of the season. … I just think that Manning has been absolutely terrific, as usual, and has had a great passing season and a great season orchestrating what he's had to do in Indianapolis with a new offensive coordinator. Whereas Brady, I think his value has rarely if ever been higher to the Patriots, because he's gotten five new receivers up to speed while having the whole [Randy] Moss thing go haywire. I realize it's a very subjective thing. At the end of the day, I sort of...
FOXBORO -- Logan Mankins participated in his third straight practice on Friday as he continues to get back in playing shape. Patriots coach Bill Belichick did not make any commitment one way or the other as to his availability on Sunday in Cleveland and said the former Pro Bowl left guard is making progress.
"[Mankins] looks alight," Belichick said. "I think he has a ways to go, as you would expect, but he looks like he's in pretty good condition. Logan is a smart guy and he works hard so that's never really an issue. He just has to get better at things he hasn't done in a while."
Mankins reported on Tuesday after missing the first seven games in a contract dispute with the team. He signed a tender that was originally worth $3.268 million, but reduced to $1.45 million because of time missed.
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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.
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
Deflategate rage explodes on the guys. They argue whether Brady is dragging it out or he should defend his innocence and the callers get in on the action.More from this show