Pietrus stops by Celtics locker room prior to game


Pietrus stops by Celtics locker room prior to game

BOSTON With tip-off a couple hours away, the Boston Celtics had a familiar face show up in the locker room.

It was Mickael Pietrus, who had not been with the team since suffering a concussion on March 23 at Philadelphia that has him still out indefinitely.

"I'm feeling all right," Pietrus, sporting dark sunglasses, told CSNNE.com. "I'm getting better."

But he's still a ways off from returning to action after suffering what head coach Doc Rivers said was a Grade 3 - the worst kind - concussion. Because of his sensitivity to light, Pietrus did not stick around for Boston's 91-72 win over Miami.

Rivers said last week that he doesn't anticipate having Pietrus back until the playoffs. But on Sunday, Rivers said it wouldn't surprise him if Pietrus is out for a while or returned to the C's lineup next week.

Still, having not started the battery of tests that all players that suffer a concussion have to go through prior to returning to action, don't look for Pietrus until the postseason starts.

Even though he's far removed from playing, C's players were pleased to see their fallen teammate up and about.

"It was good to see him," said Celtics forward Brandon Bass. "For him to show up it shows some togetherness here."

For Keyon Dooling, it was great to see Pietrus being his usual upbeat, jovial self.

"MP's a live body," Dooling said. "Anytime he's in the building, you know he's here."

Pietrus looked to be in pretty good health, but Dooling said, "you could tell he's still bothered by the light. But it's MP; he's a great guy."

Dooling added, "It was good to see him. We've been texting him, but to physically see him, is quite refreshing."

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable


Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:


WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)


TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)