Morning Skate: Tuesday, Nov. 20

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, Nov. 20

Howard Berger thinks the NHL season is in grave jeopardy if the two sides dont make some serious progress this week. While I think thats a pretty strong statement, I also think there needs to be some traction sooner rather than later and the NHLPA needs to get the ball rolling. It sounds like the NHL is ready to play ball, and shame on them if theyre not.
 
Another outside resource, this time a professor, rips the NHL for treating its fans like dumb flocks of sheep willing to follow wherever they go. The one thing at play here: The fans arent going to follow quite so easily this time around.
 
Heres a Globe piece on the November Project that Andrew Ference was a part of when he was still working out in Boston.

Evander Kane and Ondrej Pavelec have both flopped during their time playing in Europe, and theres a legit curiosity as to whether that will carry over to the Winnipeg Jets when the season begins.

Michael Grange says that its time for the players to ditch the name-calling and start looking for a way to a make a deal. Well said, my friend.

Brian Burke is a new face in the NHL CBA talks, and the hope is that his no-nonsense approach will help broker a deal between the two sides. It certainly cant hurt given the respect that he commands.

Ian White regrets calling Gary Bettman an idiot during a fit of pique, and knows that name-calling isnt going to get matters solved.

For something completely different: Comedian Patton Oswalt goes through many of his memorable and forgettable roles through an eclectic acting career.

Patriots place Vincent Valentine on IR, promote Geneo Grissom

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Patriots place Vincent Valentine on IR, promote Geneo Grissom

FOXBORO -- Anyone hoping to see Vincent Valentine make his season debut got some bad news Friday. 

Valentine, who has been inactive for both of the Patriots' first two games with a knee injury, was placed on injured reserve. ESPN's Field Yates was first to report the news.

With Valentine on IR, Geneo Grissom was added to the roster from the practice squad. ESPN's Mike Reiss had that one first:

Valentine, whom the Pats chose 96th overall in 2016, has not been practicing with the team as he's dealt with the knee injury.

A third-round pick of the Pats in 2015, Grissom was released by the team in September and signed to the practice squad a day later. 

Patriots-Texans injury report: Burkhead ruled out

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Patriots-Texans injury report: Burkhead ruled out

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

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

OUT
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
DT Vincent Valentine (knee)

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (concussion/knee)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle/concussion)
WR Phillip Dorsett (knee)
DB Nate Ebner (shoulder)
CB Stephon Gilmore (groin)
TE Rob Gronkowski (groin)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
WR Chris Hogan (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (thumb)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)

HOUSTON TEXANS

OUT
G Jeff Allen (ankle)
WR Will Fuller V (shoulder)
CB Kevin Johnson (knee)

QUESTIONABLE
RB Alfred Blue (ankle)
NT Brandon Dunn (knee)
CB Jonathan Joseph (shoulder)
G Xavier Su'a-Filo (knee)
DE J.J. Watt (finger)

OFF THE LIST
TE Stephen Anderson (concussion)
CB Marcus Burley (knee)
T Chris Clark (wrist)
WR Bruce Ellington (concussion)
TE Ryan Griffin (concussion)