Top of the Morning: C's-Nets at noon

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Top of the Morning: C's-Nets at noon

Trenni Kusnierek has the headlines and highlights for Tuesday, December 25 on CSNNE.com's SportsNet Central Update.

The Patriots had Monday off and will have Tuesday off before the return to Gillette on Wednesday to start preparing for the Dolphins.

Meanwhile, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano returns to the Colts for the first time since beuing diagnosed with leukemia almost three months ago. The Colts look to take down the Texans on Sunday.

And the Celtics (13-13) begin a four-game road trip in Brooklyn on Christmas Day. The game starts at noon and can be found on CSNNE.

This and more on CSNNE.com's SportsNet Central Update!

Bruschi to serve as honorary captain for Patriots before AFC title game

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Bruschi to serve as honorary captain for Patriots before AFC title game

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will have a good-luck charm of sorts on their side before they take on the Steelers for the AFC Championship.

Former Patriots linebacker and three-time Super Bowl champ Tedi Bruschi will serve as an honorary captain Sunday, taking the field for the pre-game coin toss with Devin McCourty, Dont'a Hightower and Matthew Slater. Tom Brady is the team's fourth active captain, though, he rarely participates in the coin toss. 

"With an undefeated record in games that we have honored him, I can't think of a more perfect player to serve as honorary captain this Sunday," team chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. "He was called the perfect Patriot by head coach Bill Belichick, and he has lived up to that nickname with an 8-0 record in games where he has been a part of the Patriots celebration."

Bruschi is 2-0 as an honorary captain in AFC Championship Games, taking part in the pre-game festivities in the conference title games in both 2012 and 2015. Bruschi was last at Gillette Stadium as an honorary captain back in Week 13, when the Patriots took on the Rams and celebrated the franchise's Super Bowl XXXVI victory back in 2002.