Campbell (foot) status up in the air for Monday night

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Campbell (foot) status up in the air for Monday night

BOSTON -- Gregory Campbell participated in an optional morning skate on Monday, but his coach wasnt quite ready to pronounce him ready for the Bs lineup against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.

Campbell has additional padding on his right skate boot and has skated for three days in a row including a pair with his Bs teammates and is feeling good. The center said he needed to speak with his coach and the trainers before he could say for certain whether he would be playing tonight.

I had the trainers punch out the skate a little bit, so it relieves a little bit of the pressure. If I play Im sure Ill put on a hard, protective pad or shield to protect me from getting hit again, said Campbell, who suffered the injury in the first period of the win over the Blue Jackets and played the rest of the game with a fracture in his left foot. Its a little sore when you take it out of the skate. It feels a little better in the skate when youre walking on it or putting a shoe on it. Walking is a little bit tougher than skating right now, but its funny how things go like that.

Campbells courageous attempt to play through pain means just one more question mark for the Bruins before tonights game. The Bruins are also waiting to hear whether or not Milan Lucic will be suspended for his hit from behind on Zac Rinaldo Saturday afternoon against the Flyers. Rich Peverley is also dinged up. He played very sparingly during the second and third period of the Flyers win with a nagging injury that caused him to miss Sundays full practice.

Julien said hell consult with the Bs trainers later on Monday afternoon and the team will make their final decisions on the lineup for Monday's clash with the Habs.

There are a lot of things we have to sort out and our lineup is probably one of the most uncertain ones weve had this year with a lot of different things, said Julien. We still have the Lucic thing with no answers on that yet. We also have a couple of players that are not questionable, but theyre players we have to make decisions on. So its really difficult for me to sit here and say that this guy is in and this guy is out.

If a guy is ready to go then theres no reason to hold him back. Then again, if a guy is still having issues Id have no problem holding him back.

Sounds like Campbell is best defined as a question mark in those conversations until otherwise noted. If he cant play then that leaves Zach Hamill once again centering the fourth line and Jordan Caron potentially available should Lucic get Shanabanned by the NHLs VP of Player Safety.

Injury report: Amendola out for Ravens game, Bennett questionable

Injury report: Amendola out for Ravens game, Bennett questionable

Wide receiver Danny Amendola was officially listed as out on the injury report for the Patriots' Monday night home game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Amendola injured his ankle on a punt return against the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday. It will be the first game he's missed this season. The Patriots signed veteran wide receiver and kick returner Griff Whalen during the week.

Tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder) is among the Pats listed as questionable, along with special teams ace Matt Slater (foot), who missed the Rams game, safety Jordan Richards (knee), linebacker Elandon Roberts (hamstring) and cornerback Eric Rowe (hamstring).

Whalen, part of Colts' infamous fake punt play, settles in with Patriots

Whalen, part of Colts' infamous fake punt play, settles in with Patriots

FOXBORO – Griff Whalen was at the epicenter of one of the stupidest, funniest, most “did that just happen?!” plays in NFL history.

So indescribable it never even really earned a name, it was the fourth-down gadget play the Colts tried to run against the Patriots on Sunday Night Football in the first meeting between the teams after Indy ran to the principal’s office to start Deflategate. 

Whalen was the center on that play (I tried to call it “Fourth-and-Wrong” but it didn’t take) and the millisecond between him snapping the ball and the three players processing that the ball had indeed been snapped is perhaps my favorite moment of the past several seasons. 

Whalen is a Patriot now, brought in this week in the wake of Danny Amendola’s knee injury presumably to fill Amendola’s role as a punt returner and wideout. The Colts released him last January, the Dolphins picked him up and cut him at the end of training camp and the Chargers had him on their roster from mid-September until releasing him last month after eight games, two catches and 22 yards. He returned kickoffs for San Diego but no punts since 2015.

The primary area of need for the Patriots is on punt returns. Rookie Cyrus Jones’ transition to appearing comfortable remains glacially slow. It was Jones’ muff last week that brought on Amendola in relief. When Amendola hurt his ankle on a late-game return, the Patriots were forced to decide between Jones, wideout Julian Edelman (who doesn’t need extra work) and making a move.

Whalen is a move they made.

The slight and baby-faced Whalen indicated he had fielded some punts in practice, saying it went, “Fine.” Punt returns are something he’s done “since I was a kid.”

His first impression of the team was, "A lot of what I expected to see. A lot of detail. A lot of effort in practice. Good coaching all-around. I am excited to be here. I was excited to come into a good team that I’d gone against a few times. Hopefully come in and help out the team with whatever I can.”

I asked Whalen if he saw much of the commentary or creativity last year’s failed play spawned.

“I wasn’t paying too much attention,” he said. “When it’s during the season guys are pretty locked in on what they’re doing inside the building. But I heard more about it later on afterwards.”

Asked if he’d heard anything about the play since being here, Whalen replied, “I haven’t. Kinda was [expecting it].”

The Patriots will be hoping Whalen remains as productive for them on fourth down this year as he was in 2015.