Undrafted, Herzlich awaits lockout's end

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Undrafted, Herzlich awaits lockout's end

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com
One of the most poignant parts of last week's NFL Draft was the wait for ex-BC linebacker Mark Herzlich to get drafted. The wait was in vain and the 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year was passed over entirely. Health concerns since he overcame cancer in 2009 are the reason he's now an undrafted free agent waiting for the NFL lockout to end so that some team will sign him. Herzlich joined us on Quick Slants to discuss the draft and what's next. "There was definitely some disappointment," Herzilich said. "At the same time,I prepared myself for that possibility. I knew that being projected as a late-round guy, you never know. Sometimes you go undrafted. Right now, thelockout restricts our access to teams and information but we're compiling lists of teams that need linebackers and seeing preliminary projections on whereI could end up or where people have interest."

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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)