Cornerback Darius Butler tweeted Tuesday that his time with the Patriots is over, with multiple outlets reporting the team cut its 2009 second-round pick.
Tweeted Butler: Its been real New England. I was blessed to have a chance to play and start my NFL career here. But its time to open a new chapter. Thx #patsnation.
In two professional seasons since being drafted out of UConn, Butler has totaled 58 tackles and three interceptions.
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TORONTO -- Red Sox starter Josh Beckett, whose right ankle is being examined in Boston on Tuesday afternoon after he had to leave Monday's start against the Blue Jays, is almost certain to miss his next scheduled outing on Sunday, according to Sox manager Terry Francona.
"I think that's probably common sense," said Francona.
While the Sox are still awaiting the results of the exam, Beckett (12-5 with a 2.49 ERA in a team-leading 173 2/3 innings) told team trainer Mike Reinold that he is feeling some improvement today.
"I think he was actually doing OK, good enough to complain about going [for the exam]," said Francona.
With Beckett likely to miss Sunday and Erik Bedard being skipped on Friday to rest his sore left knee, the Sox will have John Lackey start on Friday, with rookie Kyle Weiland making a start against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.
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Retired Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi said that he welcomed the idea of new Patriots offensive lineman Brian Waters wearing No. 54, the uniform number that no New England player had worn since Bruschi retired prior to the 2009 season.
"It's time," said Bruschi. "It's time."
Bruschi, now an ESPN analyst who was making his weekly appearance on The Big Show, said that he felt that it was good for an organization to have players wear the number of franchise greats, feeling that it would instill a sense of obligation towards the franchise. Bruschi said that he respects Waters quite a bit, recalling that the guard had great hands that permitted him to be a blocking force while with the Chiefs.
With the Red Sox facing Blue Jays southpaw Luis Perez, Darnell McDonald will get the start in right field over Josh Reddick, continuing a platoon pattern that has prevailed since July. Despite his .347 average and .945 OPS against lefties this year, Jed Lowrie is also out of the lineup for the third straight game since leaving Saturday's contest in what the Sox deemed a precautionary measure after he felt discomfort in his shoulder. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is behind the plate for Sox starter Jon Lester.
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning, as the Pats prepare for their season-opener Monday night in Miami.
Bill Belichick is the subject of an NFL Films documentary set to air Sept. 15. Brady was asked what the public will learn from this inside look at the Patriots coach.
"He never wants to give away information that's going to help another team," Brady said. "Whether that's injuries, whether that's game-planning, whether that's what his thoughts on a particular player are. He never wants to put us at a disadvantage. With us, it's the total opposite of what the people in the media get when they ask him a question, because he doesn't want to tell them anything. With us, he tells us everything.
"It's just part of his philosophy, and that's what he really preaches to us: Guys we're not talking about injuries, we're not talking about game film, we're not...
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.
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.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are in after a Reimer Wednesday edition of K&C to recap a virtuoso Kirk Minihane off-the-rails performance
Hour 4. Kirk questions the show about whether or not anyone would have relations with another man while in prison. Jemele Hill threatened Kirk on Twitter, but did she delete her tweet?More from this show
Hour 1. Kirk, Gerry and Meter go over the long list of ESPN employees that were let go yesterday, and realize a certain pair of names not on the list. The callers weigh in on the public's influence on ESPN.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 3. Kyle Kennedy's lawyer joins K&C to talk about yesterday's press conference . K&C insider Rabbit calls in to talk about the news surrounding Kyle Kennedy.More from this show
Christian Arcand made his triumphant return to K&C and the guys talked about the future of Jimmy Garoppolo.More from this show