Word associaton with Darrelle Revis

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Word associaton with Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis called Bill Belichick a "jerk" yesterday on SportsCenter, and there are at least two reasons why this shouldn't be a big deal.

1. If Belichick is a jerk, Revis is a loud mouth. A dude who never shies away from public controversy, whether he's calling out Randy Moss for a lack of effort or angrily hanging up on Mike Francesca. To be honest, it probably would have been a bigger shock if Revis went on ESPN and didn't say something stupid. So in a way, his jerk comment is almost soothing.

2. Belichick kind of is a jerk. Even as a Patriots fan, you have to admit that. If you played that same word association game with any NFL player, coach or fan on the planet, how many would say jerk when it came to Belichick? A lot, right? Whatever. It doesn't change the way we view him and will forever remember him here in New England.

Belichick's a jerk? To quote a guy, "It is what it is." And it's not a big deal, especially within the framework of one of the league's fiercest rivalries.

If you ask me, I doubt Belichick's nearly as upset with what Revis said as he with the fact that Rob Gronkowski was on camera with the cornerback to begin with. That Gronk's crusade for the cover of Madden '13 led to him fraternizing with the enemy on National TV. That said fraternization led to someone calling Belichick a jerk was just insult to injury.

That's not to say the Revis jab will go unnoticed by the coach. I don't think anyone will be surprised if Belichick has a little something for Revis (a la Derrick Mason) the next time the action brings him over by to the Patriots sidelines. But until then, I'm sure he's far more riled up by the non-stop media circus that has been Rob Gronkowski's offseason.

You know Belichick likes to keep tabs on his players, but he doesn't like it to be so easy.

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Chara ‘feels better’ as he closes in on return, but won’t play in Buffalo

Chara ‘feels better’ as he closes in on return, but won’t play in Buffalo

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Zdeno Chara said he is “feeling better” after going through a full practice with the Bruins, but the captain won’t be making the one game road trip to Buffalo for Saturday afternoon’s matinee game vs. the Sabres. 

Chara was going through line rushes and battle drills with the rest of his teammates while practicing for the second day in a row, but made it clear that his lower body injury hasn’t been cleared for game action yet. 

“It’s day-to-day. It feels better…yeah. But it’s still day-to-day,” said a rather laconic Chara when it came to questions about his injury. “It would feel much better [to play] than it feels [not playing].”

Claude Julien said his 39-year-old defenseman has moved into true “day-to-day” status as he nears a return after missing what will be his sixth game in a row on Saturday afternoon, but that he isn’t quite ready to go just yet.

“[Chara] and [Noel] Acciari won’t be on the trip,” said Julien. “I think [Chara] is getting pretty close. When you see him at practice things are going pretty well for him. I think that the term day-to-day is fitting for him right now. A lot of times when we say day-to-day we don’t know whether it’s going to be two days, three days or even a week. But in his case I would say that day-to-day is really day-to-day now with him.” 

One thing the Bruins can be heartened by is that they’ve managed to survive without Chara: the B’s have gone 2-2-1 and allowed just nine goals in the five games since their No. 1 defenseman went down. They have been able to continue collecting points in sometimes ugly, workmanlike fashion. 

That gives the Bruins the luxury of not rushing their D-man along before he’s ready and gives some of their other defensemen added confidence that they can effectively do the job with or without their 6-foot-9 stopper. 

Slater missing from start of Patriots practice

Slater missing from start of Patriots practice

FOXBORO -- The Patriots were without two key members of their special teams units at Friday's practice. 

Both Matthew Slater (foot) and Jordan Richards (knee) were not spotted at the start of the team's most recent workout. Defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton (illness) was also missing. 

Hamilton and Richards did not participate in Thursday's practice. Slater was present on Wednesday and Thursday after missing Sunday's game against the Jets. 

The Patriots did have a Gronkowski back on the field Friday, but it wasn't Rob, who was expected to undergo back surgery in Los Angeles. It was fullback Glenn Gronkowski, who has apparently been re-signed to the Patriots practice squad for his fourth go-round on New England's 10-man unit. Practice-squad tight end Kennard Backman, who has not been at Patriots practice since Wednesday, has likely been released in order to make room for Gronkowski.