Curran: Momentum in NFL doesn't go game to game

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Curran: Momentum in NFL doesn't go game to game

The 6-3 New England Patriots will face off against Andrew Luck and the 6-3 Indianapolis Colts Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
On this week's Quick Slants, CSNNE Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran looks at momentum in the NFL.
Curran said that momentum doesn't go game to game; because each game in the NFL is unique in its own way, momentum is indeed carried from the practice field to the game.

Dustin Pedroia leaves Thursday's game with left knee pain

Dustin Pedroia leaves Thursday's game with left knee pain

A sloppy, cold night at Fenway Park led to an early exit for Dustin Pedroia, who was pulled because of left knee pain.

The Red Sox said the move was precautionary and that Pedroia is day to day. The press-box announcement included the note that manager John Farrell removed Pedroia, which is not typically information provided in-game, but was perhaps an attempt to reinforce that Pedroia did not want to exit the game.

Pedroia had surgery on that knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked the plunking war between the Orioles and Red Sox.

Pedroia led off the third inning Thursday night against the Rangers' Nick Martinez with a walk and scored when the next batter, Xander Bogaerts, homered. Pedroia grounded out to end the bottom of the fourth. 

He did not field a ball in the top of the fifth and was replaced by Josh Rutledge ahead of the top of the sixth.