Source: Bergeron 'fine' after upper-body injury


Source: Bergeron 'fine' after upper-body injury

Patrice Bergeron suffered an upper body injury over the last few days while playing in Switzerland for HC Lugano, but is physically fine according to a source close to the Bruins center.

The reigning Selke Trophy winner missed Wednesdays game for Lugano due to the injury, which has left him in a day-to-day situation while playing in Switzerland. But the injury appears to be minor in nature and should allow him to jump back into the lineup within the next few days as his status is day-to-day. Bergeron has six goals and five assists and is sporting a plus-13 after only five games with the Swiss-A club while tearing up the countryside with former Bs teammate Glen Metropolit.

Bergeron also scored a goal in Luganos victory over Tyler Seguins HC Biel squad when the two Bs linemates played against each other last weekend for the first time in their hockey careers.

Whatever ailment Bergeron is suffering from is the second injury to crop up for a Bruins player this week after Tuukka Rask exited a Czech League game with a tweaked groin muscle on Tuesday night. Bergeron battled through a torn oblique muscle during the final few games of the season that worsened during the playoff series against the Washington Capitals, but said that injury was 100 percent healed when he showed up in Boston for Bruins captains practice in September.

Patriots sign TE Rob Housler to future contract


Patriots sign TE Rob Housler to future contract

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have signed free-agent tight end Rob Housler to a future contract. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound target last played for the Bears but was released at the end of training camp.

Housler won't be eligible to participate with the Patriots during the postseason, but he will be available for the offseason program and training camp leading up to the 2017 campaign. 

Housler taken in the third round by the Cardinals with the 69th overall selection in 2011. In 65 career games, he has 109 catches for 1,166 yards and one touchdown. 

The Patriots may have been intrigued by Housler's skill set last summer when he caught one pass for 52 yards -- making two Patriots defenders miss in the process -- during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots and Bears held joint training camp practices in August that would have given Patriots coaches and scouts a closer look at everything Housler has to offer as a player. 

Housler was one of the better athletes at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2011, running a 4.55-second 40-yard dash (fastest among tight ends), posting a 6.9-second three-cone drill, and recording a 37-inch vertical leap.

Bill Belichick and his staff hit big on a future-contract signing two years ago when a running back with a significant injury history was available to scoop up at the behest of then-assistant to the coaching staff Michael Lombardi. Since then, the Patriots still have never lost with Dion Lewis in uniform.