With the start of a New Year, it is a natural time to evaluate the future. For Boston's teams, health is a major issue for each franchise.
For the New England Patriots and Boston Bruins, physical health is a concern. Bill Belichick's team heads into the playoffs as the #2 seed in the AFC with a 12-4 record during the regular season. This is a remarkable feat with the major injuries they have incurred, including season-ending ones to Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo, Rob Gronkowski, Sebastian Vollmer, and Tommy Kelly. Plus, Devin McCourty, Logan Mankins, Aaron Dobson and Aqib Talib are all pretty banged up. The Black and Gold have been black and blue all season. Dennis Seidenberg is out for the year with a blown out knee, Chris Kelly is working his way back from a broken leg, and Loui Ericsson is battling concussion symptoms.
Physical health is a concern for your Boston Celtics, too. Rajon Rondo appears to be getting closer to returning. Jared Sullinger is battling some wrist issues. The biggest question mark for the Green could be there mental health at this point. A surprising first two months for the season without Rondo cast aside the tank-talk. But recent struggles, a dust-up on the bench between Jeff Green and Brandon Bass, and a daunting road schedule in January could set the C's back to where everyone expected them to be before the season; competing for the lottery.
There are of course no injury concerns with the defending World Series Champs, but the financial health of the top-tier talent is up in the air. The annual "David Ortiz wants a contract extension" debate has returned. The other World Series hero, Jon Lester, is heading into the final year of his deal.
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