Hernandez, Mankins back for Friday practice

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Hernandez, Mankins back for Friday practice

FOXBORO -- Aaron Hernandez and Logan Mankins were back at practice Friday.
Just three players were missing from the end-week session, held inside the Dana Farber Fieldhouse: Safety Steve Gregory (hip), running back Brandon Bolden (knee), and linebacker Tracy White (foot).
Nine Patriots ended up limited Thursday, so the full extent of participation won't be known until Friday's participation report is released. Expectations may be high, considering a quote from Vince Wilfork yesterday.
"It's a division game for a lead in the division, so there's a lot riding on this game for both sides. So if you're healthy enough to play, you have to expect everyone."

Report: Steelers' offer for Dont'a Hightower was bigger than Patriots'

Report: Steelers' offer for Dont'a Hightower was bigger than Patriots'

Dont'a Hightower left money on the table in New York and in Pittsburgh, and instead took a smaller deal to return the New England Patriots, according to CBSSports' Jason La Canfora.

The Jets' offer was previously reported to be $12 million per year, including incentives. La Canfora reiterated that report. But he also detailed Pittsburgh's offer, as the Steelers also outbid the Patriots with over $9 million per year.

Instead, Hightower settled for $8.7 million per season with New England, and will play under Bill Belichick in a Patriots jersey for the sixth season in 2017.

Hightower traveled a great deal during free agency, and ended up garnering interest from the Steelers, Jets, Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins.

The 27-year-old linebacker finished the 2016 season with 65 tackles tackles, 2.5 sacks, two pass deflections and one forced fumble. He also had a game-changing strip sack on Matt Ryan in Super Bowl LI that shifted the momentum of game.

Brian Scalabrine: Celtics starters are top-5 starting group

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Brian Scalabrine: Celtics starters are top-5 starting group

When the Celtics starting 5 players are fully healthy they have a record of 23-7. Brian Scalabrine believes they're in the top-5 best starting group in the NBA and that they would've won 60 games if healthy all season.