Bodden: Players will fight 'as long as it takes'


Bodden: Players will fight 'as long as it takes'

By Phil Perry

A few more months? Deep into the fall? Maybe longer? Leigh Bodden says no matter how long the NFL lockout stretches on, the players will be able hold out successfully.

"As long as it takes," Bodden told Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran. "It's a business and we have to stand tall and stand tough for what we believe in and for what we want.

"That's definitely what we have to do. Because if we give in, the owners are getting what they want and that's not how things need to be."

Bodden says that if the players can plan accordingly and use the lockout fund they've invested into, they should be able to last.

"Guys just need to be prepared and save money," Bodden said. "Do things that are free. After I get off here at CSN Washington, where he was taping his segment with Curran via satellite, I'm gonna talk to the producer try to get a job here or something like that."

As the owners and player plaintiffs go to court, Bodden also spoke about the character Tom Brady showed by associating himself with the case.

"It shows what kind of guy he is," Bodden said. "Tom is a great guy. He stands up for everyone. Even though he's one of the top-paid players, one of the most recognized players, he knows it's for the smaller guys that aren't as recognized or make as much money. He's standing up for us and for everybody. It definitely shows what kind of guy he is and what kind of character he has."

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable


Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

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


WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)


TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)