Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins left Saturday's game against the Dolphins late in the first quarter with a knee injury and did not return. Bill Belichick was asked about Mankins' availability for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium, and said he didn't have any update on his status.
"I don't really know much more than I did on Saturday," said Belichick. "Yesterday was Christmas."
The Patriots were also without starting left tackle Matt Light for Saturday's game. He sat out with an ankle injury and Mankins filled in at left tackle in Light's place. But that was only the start of the musical chairs game for the Patriots' offensive line.
When Mankins left the game injured, rookie Nate Solder moved to from right tackle to left tackle and rookie Marcus Cannon subbed in as the new right tackle. Also, Dan Connolly started at center but was eventually replaced by Ryan Wendell. No announcement was made as to Connolly's health, but he has missed time this season with a groin injury.
It's official: Paul Pierce will play one more season -- but only one more season -- in the NBA.
The former Celtics star announced today in a video post on The Players Tribune site that he will return to the Clippers in 2016-17, then will retire at the end of the year.
"[I’ve] got one more ride left," said Pierce. "One more season. One more opportunity . . . With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team. We’re hungry. We want to win a championship."
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while finding it hard to believe that it’s game day for the Boston Bruins. Summer is officially O-V-A.
-- The Montreal media is starting to get on board with this tougher, grittier version of the Habs, along with a healthy Carey Price.
-- Pierre McGuire sits in with Ottawa’s TSN sports radio station and talks Team Europe in the World Cup, as well as a number of other things.
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Zeisberger is already openly wondering what would happen in Canada if they lose to Team Europe in the best-of-three final to the World Cup.
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski asks Brad Marchand if a part of him has thought about playing with Sidney Crosby on the Penguins if he hits free agency. Bells, alarms and whistles should be going off on Causeway Street to give No. 63 whatever he wants at this point. In case you missed it, I talked about the danger of Crosby trying to woo his Nova Scotian buddy to Pittsburgh last week.
-- PHT writer James O’Brien says it sounds like the St. Louis Blues are going to play a more aggressive brand of hockey this season.
-- For something completely different: Forbes Magazine says Pete Carroll, not Bill Belichick, should be considered the NFL’s foremost cheater.