Bergeron (lower body) 'hopeful' to play vs. Bolts

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Bergeron (lower body) 'hopeful' to play vs. Bolts

TAMPA BAY Patrice Bergeron would only say that his injury was to his "lower body injury," and that hes "hopeful" hell be able to suit up and play Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Bruins invaluable two-way center was injured when he blocked a Matti Niskanen shot in the second period of Bostons 5-2 loss to the Penguins Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. Bergeron gamely tried twice to return to the game prior to exiting the game for good after one shift in the third period. It was unclear whether the puck struck his knee, ankle or foot and Bergeron wouldnt specify the location of the injury.

It was good news for the Bs to simply pronounce Bergeron was day-to-day when many feared the worst after he was unable to return to an important game on Sunday, but he may miss a game or two at the very least.

Boston has called up Trent Whitfield on emergency recall from Providence in case Bergeron is unable to play.

Bruins coach Claude Julien called Bergeron a question mark for Tuesdays game against a Lightning team thats seven points out of the playoffs while mired into a three-game losing streak. Its pretty clear the Bruins would be up a river without a paddle if No. 37 was out for a prolonged period, but thats not the case.

Bergeron will be a game-time decision, I guess, and well reevaluate him tomorrow, Julien said. Daniel Paille is still day-to-day and a possibility to play. Pouliot, we dont know yet and hes day-to-day. McQuaid is banged up and day-to-day. The only major injury we had was Sauve and we sent him back to Boston this morning.

The rest of the players are all with us because its day-to-day situations.

Adam McQuaid is similarly a question mark after appearing to injure his shoulder in a collision with James Neal, and Max Sauve was sent back to Boston on Sunday after suffering an injury in the hip area that forced him onto crutches leaving the CONSOL Energy Center.

Sauve got hit. I think it was more of a hip-area injury and he was limping pretty badly, said Julien. He left the arena on crutches and it looked like he was going to be out for awhile, so we just sent him back.

Meanwhile Paille inches close to a return from his upper body injury and may be able to suit up against the Lightning on Tuesday after missing the last four games. It sounds like there will be a number of game-time decisions for Julien and Co. when the players take the ice for pregame warm-up at the Tampa Times Forum tomorrow night.

The injuries are all coming at the same time and theyre all coming at the end of the season, so you have to wonder if theyre fatigue-related, said Julien. But any team that plays 22 games in their last 40 games is going to be subject to those kinds of injuries. We have to be careful about that and find our rest.

Bergeron stands atop all the rest in terms of importance and impact on the hockey club. The pivot may miss a game or two at a time when the Bruins are searching for answers amid prolonged struggles, but thats a lot better than the broken-boned alternative.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

00:43 - Rob Gronkowski says he's ready to go against the Texans. Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith talk about this risks of him playing while injured.

05:47 - Phil A.Perry follows up the Gronk discussion with a deeper breakdown of Gronk’s decision to play this Sunday.

10:02 - David Price appears to be easing back into baseball after pitching Friday night. Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Price’s outing in Cincinnati. 

16:12 - The BST crew recaps the Red Sox win over Reds. Drellich returns to analyze how the pitchers performed and how that will impact the Red Sox postseason stretch.  

Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

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Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

This actually won’t be the first time that Danny Amendola had to wait to follow up a strong season-opener with the Pats. 

As the veteran receiver aims to return Sunday from a concussion and knee injury after leaving the Pats’ Week 1 loss early and missing Week 2 altogether, he’ll try to build a Week 1 performance that saw him lead the Pats with 100 yards on six receptions. 

The stop and start is somewhat reminiscent of Amendola’s first year with New England in 2013, when he had 10 receptions for 104 yards in the season-opener. He suffered a groin injury in that game, however, and didn’t play again until Week 5. At least the wait is shorter this time around. 

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“I mean, there’s going to be bumps and bruises along the way, but that’s football, right?” Amendola said Friday. “But I feel really good today, feel strong, so get ready tomorrow and just continue to prepare.”

In that first game back in 2013, Amendola again led the Pats in receiving yards, but it was in a terrible offensive showing for New England. All it took was four receptions for 55 yards to be the Patriots’ best receiver in a 13-6 loss to Cincinnati in which Tom Brady had a rare scoreless game. 

If Amendola can pick up where he left off in Week 1, the Pats will be in good shape. They’re also expected to have Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan ready to go, but Amendola was Tom Brady’s most reliable weapon in the Chiefs game, even though Brandin Cooks made a bigger impact with two pass interference penalties drawn in the red zone. 

Not known for his durability towards the end of his time in St. Louis, this will be the fourth of Amendola’s five regular seasons in New England in which he didn’t play in all 16 games. He played the full season in 2014, 14 games in 2015 and 12 games in 2013 and 2016. 

With Julian Edelman out, Brady could certainly use Amendola’s services as often as possible. That’s especially if he plays the way he did in Week 1. 

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