Losing season makes Colts appreciate Manning

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Losing season makes Colts appreciate Manning

FOXBORO -- As if the Indianapolis Colts didn't appreciate Peyton Manning already.

Everyone knows just how good he is. And so far this season, everyone knows just how bad the Colts are without him.

Just ask Indianapolis center Jeff Saturday.

"It definitely makes me appreciate winning more," said Saturday in a conference call on Wednesday. "But Peyton, obviously man, you can't respect a player more than I respect him anyway. So, I've been with the guy 13 years. I know how hard he works. I know what a good player he is, and how valuable he is to our football team.

"On top of all that, to see a player face this type of injury, this isn't something you get over in a week or two. This has been a major process. And so, anytime you're watching a player goes through something as substantial as this, your heart goes out to him. This is the way God created us, to play this game. And he loves playing it, and he couldn't have more fun doing it. I feel for him in that regard, as much as a teammate."

The Colts enter Sunday's game in New England with an 0-11 record. It was supposed to be the Sunday night game of the week. Instead, it was flexed out to a local 1 p.m. start time.

Not because of the Patriots, of course. But because of, well, Curtis Painter.

It's made for a season that, without Manning, has been awfully tough to deal with.

"We've had a number of vets, myself included, who have encouraged the guys to understand that, you're putting your resume out there every time you walk on that field," said Saturday. "And every time you take this role, you better be playing as good football as you possibly can. That's what a professional does. Pros stand up, even when it's the worst times.

"And that's what we're in. We haven't won a game. We've done a lot to ourselves to hurt ourselves, with making mistakes, and we take full responsibility for that. Nobody in this league feels sorry for you. Nobody's going to help you get better. You've got to go out there and put forth an effort to win a football game. And that's what we're hoping we do."

Chances are, that won't happen on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

The bigger question is, will it happen at all this season? Will the Colts win a game? And it's also apparent that an even bigger question is, will Manning return this season, which he's been reportedly wanting to do, if medically cleared.

"I sure hope so," said Saturday. "People ask me over and over. If he's healthy enough, he'll be on the field. I can guarantee you that. Records, put all that stuff aside. Because we all, every player in this game, we're made to play on Sundays. And so, if he's healthy enough, I think he'll be out there ready to rock and roll."

Bruins don't extend qualifying offer to Joe Morrow

Bruins don't extend qualifying offer to Joe Morrow

With free agency just around the corner, the Bruins have officially cut ties with former first-round pick and last bastion of the Tyler Seguin trade, Joe Morrow.

The 24-year-old Edmonton native arrived in Boston along with Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser in exchange for Seguin when he was shipped to Dallas, and now all of those players have moved on from Boston as well. Boston does still carry Jimmy Hayes on their roster, a player traded from Florida in exchange for Smith, as a last remnant of the Seguin deal, but it isn't expected to be too long before Hayes moves on from Boston as well.  

The B’s announced on Monday afternoon that they hadn’t extended a qualifying offer to Morrow, as well as P-Bruins power forward Colton Hargrove, as a restricted free agent, and that both B’s youngsters were now free to sign with any of the 30 NHL teams as free agents.

The Bruins extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents in Noel Acciari, Linus Arnesson, Austin Czarnik, Zane McIntyre, David Pastrnak, Tim Schaller, Ryan Spooner and Malcolm Subban, and will retain the associated team rights with all of those players. Negotiations are ongoing between the Bruins and Pastrnak continue over a long term deal that would put him in the same $6 million plus per season level as teammate Brad Marchand, but one source with knowledge of the negotiations indicated it’s “not close” to being a done deal.

Some RFA’s like Spooner and Subban might not necessarily fit into the long term plan for the Black and Gold, but they need to maintain their rights if they hope to trade them as valued assets down the line.

Morrow never put together the talent that made him a former first-round pick while he was in Boston, and totaled just one assist in 17 games for the B’s before playing well in five playoff games after getting pushed into duty due to injuries. In all Morrow finished with two goals and nine points along with a minus-8 rating in 65 games over three seasons in Boston, but could never string together an extended run of consistent play at the NHL level.

With the Bruins in the market to bring on another left-shot defenseman into the Boston fold this summer, it was pretty clear that the time had come to move on from Morrow while allowing him to potentially develop as an NHL D-man elsewhere. 

Tom Brady claims No. 1 spot on NFL's top 100 list

Tom Brady claims No. 1 spot on NFL's top 100 list

The NFL Network revealed the final 10 players on its annual Top 100 list Monday night and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finished in the No. 1 spot.

On NFL.com, the Top 100 list is described as the answer to the question, "Who are the top 100 players in the NFL today?" If that's the criteria -- and not simply performance in 2016 -- then Watt's complaint actually doesn't hold much water. If he's healthy, no one would argue that he's one of the best 35 players "in the NFL today."

Several Patriots players made the cut on this year's list: Rob Gronkowski (No. 23), LeGarrette Blount (No. 80), Julian Edelman (No. 71), Dont'a Hightower (No. 94) and Malcolm Butler (No. 99). 

Brady was also voted in as the No. 1 player back in 2011.