Vollmer, Edelman, Hernandez active against 'Fins

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Vollmer, Edelman, Hernandez active against 'Fins

MIAMI GARDENS, FL -- Sebastian Vollmer is active for New England today, despite what looked like a painful pregame warmup.
The offensive tackle, who didn't practice Wednesday and was limited Thursday and Friday, was put through the paces by Patriots trainers before kickoff -- a sure sign his injured back andor knee made him a game-time decision. At one point, Vollmer grabbed his back, took his helmet off, and walked back to the locker room.
We'll see how much he plays.
Julian Edelman is a "go", as expected. The receiver suffered a concussion during last Thursday's Jets game, but didn't miss a practice session last week.
Tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) is active for the second time in five weeks.

Keep an eye on Jake Bequette, previously active for just two games this season. Opportunities may arise for the rookie defensive end considering the absences of Chandler Jones (ankle) and the suspended Jermaine Cunningham.
Visanthe Shiancoe appears to be a healthy scratch as he wasn't listed on this week's injury report.

The full list of Patriots inactives:
G Logan MankinsTE Rob GronkowskiDE Chandler JonesOL Mitch PetrusTE Visanthe ShiancoeRB James DevelinDB Derrick Martin
Inactive for Miami:
QB Pat DevlinS Jonathon AmayaLB Josh KadduT Will YeatmanTE Michael EgnewTE Kyle MillerDT Kheeston Randall

Tanguay: No pressure, Al, but Celts' postseason success hinges on you

Tanguay: No pressure, Al, but Celts' postseason success hinges on you

Hey, Al Horford. No pressure, but these upcoming playoffs are on you. 

The Celtics are having a great REGULAR season. But for this postseason to be anything but regular, Al needs to come up big.

To his credit, he's done that recently. But he need to play even better in the playoffs. Better isn’t even the right word. Power. That’s it: Power. Horford needs to play with more power. 

The problem is this has never really been his game, and therefore it may prove the Celtics overpaid when they gave him a max contract. 

During his 74 postseason games with the Hawks, Horford averaged 12.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. This season he has averaged 6.9 rebounds for the Celtics. There's no way his rebounding numbers an be that low in the playoffs. 

I want at least 18 points and 8 rebounds per game from him over the course of the Celts post season run. And NO THREEs. I know the guy can shoot, but he needs to keep that 6-foot-10 body of his twelve feet or less from the hoop. 

So if the Celtics let you down or underperform this spring, it won't be on Isaiah. It will be on you, Al. 

Again, no pressure. 

Report: Patriots asked Seahawks about a trade for Richard Sherman

Report: Patriots asked Seahawks about a trade for Richard Sherman

PHOENIX -- The Patriots pulled off what many considered a surprise free-agent signing when they acquired corner Stephon Gilmore. As it turns out, before they picked up the former Bills cover man, they inquried about a separate move that would have been even more eye-opening. 

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, ahead of coming to a deal with Gilmore, the Patriots were among the teams that spoke to the Seahawks about a potential trade for Richard Sherman.

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During the NFC coaches breakfast on Wednesday morning at the Arizona Biltmore, Seattle coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that multiple teams have contacted the Seahawks about Sherman. But, Carroll said, "I don't see anything happening at all."

Sherman, who turns 29 next season, will make $11.431 million for 2017. He's due $11 million in the final year of his contract in 2018.