Morning Skate: Monday, Dec. 17

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Morning Skate: Monday, Dec. 17

Curtis McElhinney has been an unquestioned success storyfor the Springfield Falcons in the AHL this season after languishing over thelast few seasons.

WinnipegSun columnist Gary Lawless misses hockey and the pain is clear in a columnabout the void the NHL has left behind.

Want to take a look at the judge presiding over the NHLslawsuit against the NHLPA for decertification? Warning: hes a Yankees fan.

A good story about the womens professional hockey leaguethat includes a Boston Blades team thats played throughout the NHL lockout.

Donald Fehr continues to push for whats best for theplayers while unrest grows around the NHLPA. Fans and league ownership mighthave issues with him, but its clearly not affecting him.

Real Sports is a great sports bar thats adjacent to AirCanada Centre in Toronto.Apparently its so great they can now turn away NHL players searching forreservations.

For something completely different: A one-on-one interviewwith Grace Potter. Saw here at the House of Blues a couple of weeks ago. Whatan amazing show.

Wednesday's Pats-Bills practice report: Jimmy G., Brissett both 'limited'

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Wednesday's Pats-Bills practice report: Jimmy G., Brissett both 'limited'

Wednesday's practice participation report for Sunday's Patriots-Bills game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
QB Jacoby Brissett (right thumb)
OT Marcus Cannon (calf)
G Jonathan Cooper (foot)
LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder)
TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
CB Eric Rowe (ankle)

BUFFALO BILLS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
TE Charles Clay (knee)
OL Cyrus Kouandjio (ankle)
OL Patrick Lewis (knee)
WR Sammy Watkins (foot)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
DB Colt Anderson (foot)
DB Ronald Darby (hamstring)
QB Cardale Jones (right shoulder)
DB Jonathan Meeks (foot)
WR Greg Salas (groin)
DB Aaron Williams (ankle)

Garoppolo: Not pressured by Patriots to return last Thursday

Garoppolo: Not pressured by Patriots to return last Thursday

FOXBORO -- Jimmy Garoppolo spoke Wednesday for the first time since getting his shoulder separated by the Dolphins’ Kiko Alonso. Standing by his locker, Garoppolo was predictably vague about the status of his arm, unless you consider, “Getting better day by day,” as being insightful. 

The only two responses offered that were worth a damn came when asked if he could have done anything different when he got squished by Alonso while retreating and buying time.  

“Just have to be smart I guess,” said Garoppolo. “I mean, it’s football and stuff’s gonna happen like that, but have to be smart in those situations.”

Asked if he regretted holding the ball as long as he did on a third-down play with the Patriots up 21-0, Garoppolo replied, “After it’s all said and done it’s easy to say that, but it’s one of those things, you’re in the heat of the game. But bottom line I have to be smarter than that.”

Agreed.  

Meanwhile, as he worked last week to get back for Thursday night’s game against Houston, The Boston Herald reported that the Patriots were “putting pressure” on Garoppolo to be ready for the game. Working hard to get key players ready for upcoming games is standard operating procedure for a medical staff. Trying to force a player to perform is not. 

I asked Garoppolo if he felt unduly pressured. He replied, “No.”