Thomas gets the start, Kampfer in for Ference


Thomas gets the start, Kampfer in for Ference

PHILADELPHIA With Andrew Ference out of the lineup due to a suspension, the Bruins have paired defenseman Steven Kampfer with Johnny Boychuk while slotting Tim Thomas in as the goaltender against the Flyers. Thomas was the winner Thursday night against the Devils with a solid 30-save effort, and has put up a 1.01 goals against average and a .967 save percentage in two games against the Flyers this season.

Ilya Bryzgalov gets the start for the Flyers between the pipes while they attempt to battle through injuries to Chris Pronger, James van Riemsdyk and Daniel Briere, among others.
Here is the Bruins protected lineup




Bills injury report: RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) doubtful


Bills injury report: RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) doubtful

FOXBORO – After being unable to practice all week for the Buffalo Bills, running back LeSean McCoy is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Patriots due to a hamstring injury.

Already ruled out for Buffalo are wide receiver Marquise Goodwin and safety Aaron Williams.

The Bills also have a fleet of players listed as questionable including DT Bryant Corbin (shoulder), TE Charles Clay (knee), DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring), RB Mike Gillislee (foot), TE Cordy Glenn (ankle), LB Jerry Hughes (hand), LB Lerentee McCray (knee), G John Miller (shoulder) and WR Robert Woods.

The skill position dings to Goodwin, McCoy, Clay, Gillislee, Glenn and Woods have to be a concern for the Bills who already have their best wideout, Sammy Watkins, on injured reserve.

Patriots injury report: Bennett questionable after not practicing


Patriots injury report: Bennett questionable after not practicing

FOXBORO – Martellus Bennett was a non-participant in Friday morning’s practice but the tight end told me in the locker room later in the day he is “feeling good.”

Bennett is one of seven Patriots listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Buffalo. He has an ankle injury. Bennett was on the practice field briefly during stretching before heading back in prior to the media being allowed to observe. He was at his locker and moved without noticeable impairment during media access to the locker room.

One other interesting injury report nugget from the Patriots’ side. Linebacker Jamie Collins, who was a limited practice participant with a hip issue this week, was removed from the injured list as was running back Brandon Bolden (knee).

Julian Edelman, Woodrow Hamilton, Malcolm Mithcell, Elandon Roberts and Vincent Valentine all had limited participation for the third day in a row and are questionable. Jonathan Jones showed up Friday with a hip injury that limited his participation.