Hernandez out for Sunday; Mankins makes trip

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Hernandez out for Sunday; Mankins makes trip

LONDON - Tight end Aaron Hernandez did not travel to London for Sunday's game against the Rams, according to a source.

News that the third-year tight end was not in London was initially reported by Albert Breer of the NFL Network.

While Hernandez is not here, the Patriots will have the services of left guard Logan Mankins. Mankins missed last Sunday's game against the Jets with calf and hip injuries.

His replacement, Donald Thomas played pretty well in his absence but it's always better for the Patriots to have the nastiness of Mankins in their lineup.

The Rams have a very good front with two young players - Robert Quinn and Michael Brockers - at defensive end and tackle.

Hernandez is - when healthy - the hub around which the Patriots offense was designed to spin. After injuring his ankle in the season's second game, he has been serviceable but less than his normal self, especially after the catch and in pursuing balls a little outside his catching radius.

With Hernandez down, it could mean some shuffling of personnel. Rob Gronkowski tried to fill the multiple voids Hernandez' absence left when Hernandez went down in 2012, but Hernandez' package may be too big to handle with just one player. Daniel Fells and Michael Hoomanawanui - two former Rams under Josh McDaniels - will be in the tight end mix as well.

Celtics' team plane receives bomb threat

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Celtics' team plane receives bomb threat

BOSTON -- There was a bomb threat to the Boston Celtics’ team plane to Oklahoma City on Saturday afternoon, but no one was injured.

The incident will be investigated by NBA security which will work in conjunction with the FBI on this matter which was one of several hoaxes called into airports across the country on Saturday.

News of the bomb threat was first known when Celtics forward Jae Crowder posted an Instagram photo showing players departing the plane with the caption, “BOMB THREAT ON US”.

Celtics officials declined to comment on the matter and instead referred all bomb threat-related questions to the league office.

Messages to the league office were not immediately returned.