All Patriots players present for practice

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All Patriots players present for practice

FOXBORO -- All Patriots were present for Thursday's "sweats and shells" practice inside the bubble, on a rainy day at Gillette Stadium.

Defensive tackle Kyle Love, who missed Wednesday's practice for non-injury related reasons, was back on the field.

The Pats had 15 players with "limited participation" on Wednesday, one of whom was offensive lineman Logan Mankins.

Bill Belichick was asked about Mankins' health (knee) before Thursday's practice, and he seemed optimistic about all of his banged up players.

"I think we've seen progress out of everybody," said Belichick. "All the guys are out there working. I think each one of them is making progress. We'll see how things go here, after stringing these days together. We'll probably have some game-time decisions. But definitely, a lot of these guys are close. And we're getting better."
When the practice report was released, four players who were listed as limited on Wednesday (and who, indeed, had been on the practice report for weeks) -- Patrick Chung, Julian Edelman, Matt Light and Devin McCourty -- were not only taken off the limited list, but off the practice report completely. None of the four was listed as having an injury, which can only be interpreted as meaning all are now healthy.
However, offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (ankle) was added to the list as a limited participant.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Kyle Arrington (foot), OT Marcus Cannon (ankle), C Dan Connolly (groin), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb), S James Ihedigbo (shoulder), G Logan Mankins (knee), LB Rob Ninkovich (hip), WR Matthew Slater (shoulder), LB Brandon Spikes (knee), T Sebastian Vollmer (backfoot), WR Wes Welker (knee), LB Tracy White (abdomen).
DENVER BRONCOS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: S Brian Dawkins (neck), WR Eric Decker (knee), LS Lonie Paxton (personal).
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: S David Bruton (Achilles), TE Daniel Fells (ankle), DE Elvis Dumervil (ankle).
FULL PARTICIPATION: LB Von Miller (thumb).

Wednesday, Feb. 22: Talking Bruins with Ray Ferraro

Wednesday, Feb. 22: Talking Bruins with Ray Ferraro

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while getting ready for the February heat wave headed our way.

*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s a podcast I did on Tuesday talking Bruins with former Hartford Whalers great and current outstanding TSN hockey analyst Ray Ferraro, who is also a great FOH (Friend of Haggs).

*Good piece on a Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster that has already gained plenty of internet plaudits for his great, and now legendary, Nick Bonino goal call in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs.

*It’s never too early to look at this summer’s crop of NHL draft-eligible players. Right, Kevin Allen?

*Apparently Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews has his own rap song, so he’s got that going for him…which is nice.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) and PHT writer Jason Brough has James Wisniewski trying to revive his NHL career after a short stint in the KHL.

*There’s a call for Nashville backup Juuse Saros to get more playing time between the pipes for the Predators.

*Larry Brooks brings his always interesting take to the Bruins situation in allowing Claude Julien to take the head gig in Montreal, and said it all came down to money. Big surprise there. I think there was also a concern from the B’s about having another PR nightmare on their hands if it was perceived that they stepped in and didn’t allow Julien to gain employment someplace else, regardless of what waited for him in the offseason. It also tells me that the Bruins aren’t afraid of Julien coaching their arch-rivals, which makes perfect sense since they just fired him.

*For something completely different: the image of Woody Harrelson in the Falcon cockpit is both jarring and super awesome.

 

Five reasons standing pat may be Celtics' best move

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Five reasons standing pat may be Celtics' best move

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