Gostkowski's ready to roll on his quad again


Gostkowski's ready to roll on his quad again

By Tom E. Curran
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FOXBORO - Stephen Gostkowski's 2010 season ended on November 7 in Cleveland. It was after that game that the former Pro Bowler's right thigh hurt so much that he was sent for an MRI. The result -- his quad was torn away from the bone -- was the kind of news that makes a kicker's breath catch. "I've never been hurt from any sport before where I had to miss time," Gostkowski said Thursday at Gillette Stadium where he was attending a charity event. "Something so serious where it was my kicking leg -- I can't kick with another leg -- it was worrisome at first but I am doing well... I'm kicking just as well as I would this time of the year as I would any other year and I feel good about it." Gostkowski has been working outin Tennessee with Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox, a player whose 2010 season was cut short by a torn ACL. Gostkowski said the two have formed a nice rehab support system for each other. "Each week it keeps getting better and better and better," Gostkowski said. "I'm very happy with where I'm at right now. I'm just going to work hard to be ready by camp. It's good, it's encouraging. I've managed to stay positive throughout the whole process."Gostkowski sounds as if he's gone with the appropriate caution in coming back, despite not being able to see the Patriots training staff. "It's been a slow progression," he explained. "Like a pitcher playing toss, then he's playing long toss, then he's throwing off the mound, so it's been a slow progression over the last couple of months. Little baby steps. The fear of reinjuring or hurting myself while I (train) is completely out the window. It's just encouraging to feel better each week. As long as I don't overdo it and am smart about it (things should be fine) because we still have a long way to go until camp." On that front, Gostkowski doesn't sound like he's keeping himself actively in the loop. "I'm just itching to get back at it," he said. "Whenever this stuff resolves, it resolves and we'll be back and it'll be all normal again. I'm just going to wait until that happens and not worry about anything until it does."

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Quick Slants Podcast: Bills puffing out chests; Lewis on horizon?; trade deadline


Quick Slants Podcast: Bills puffing out chests; Lewis on horizon?; trade deadline

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the Bills marking their territory in pre game warm ups with Matt Fairburn of NewYorkUpstate.com. Curran and Perry also discuss Dion Lewis’s possible return from a knee injury. Plus, the number histories of Chris Long, Dont’a Hightower, Malcom Brown, Barkevious Mingo, and Ryan Allen in the much ballyhooed segment “Hey, what’s ya number?”

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Wednesday's Patriots-Bills practice participation/injury report: Same names for Pats


Wednesday's Patriots-Bills practice participation/injury report: Same names for Pats

FOXBORO -- When Dion Lewis wasn't spotted at Wednesday's practice, we had to make it clear when we mentioned his absence: He had only, as far as we knew, missed the start of practice. Though unlikely, there's always the chance a player emerges from the locker room once practice has started and goes through the remaining periods of the workout. 

Now that we have the injury report for Wednesday, we know that wasn't the case for Lewis. He did not show up on the report as a limited participant, meaning he didn't participate at all. 

There were no surprises on Wednesday's injury report, with nine players listed as limited, including tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle), linebacker Jamie Collins (hip) and receiver Julian Edelman (foot).

For the Bills, running back LeSean McCoy (hamstring) did not participate. Bills coach Rex Ryan explained on Wednesday that McCoy aggravated his hamstring injury against the Dolphins on Sunday, but he did not rule him out for the Patriots game this coming weekend.

Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Bills game:


TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Jamie Collins (hip)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
DL Vincent Valentine (back)


LB Lorenzo Alexander (non-injury related)
LB Zach Brown (illness)
DT Corbin Bryan (shoulder)
TE Charles Clay (knee)
TE Cordy Glenn (ankle)
WR Marquise Goodwin (concussion)
RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring)
LB Lerentee McCray (knee)
DT Adolphus Washington (illness)
S Aaron Williams (neck)

DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring)
RB Mike Gillislee (foot)
T Seantreal Henderson (back)
LB Jerry Hughes (hand)
G John Miller (shoulder)
WR Robert Woods (foot)