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Adalius Thomas Done For The Year

Posted by Mike on December 5, 2008

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This shouldn’t come as surprise to anyone, after Thomas broke his arm against the New York Jets a few weeks ago, the Patriots have now placed him on injured reserve. They didn’t immediately put Thomas on the injured reserve list because they had hopes that he might be able to comeback this season. This is a crushing loss to the Patriots, as Thomas was perhaps their best defensive player, who really came along this year after being moved back to his more natural outside position. More from Boston.com:

The Patriots have placed LB Adalius Thomas (forearm) on season-ending injured reserve this morning.

With the roster spot, the Patriots finalized the expected signing of LB Junior Seau.

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Junior Seau Set To Sign

Posted by Mike on December 5, 2008

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From Boston.com:

After getting a call from Belichick and vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli Wednesday night, Seau was here yesterday meeting with the team and on the verge of returning for a third season with the Patriots and a 19th in the NFL.

Seau’s agent, Marvin Demoff, said early last night that Seau, whose flight landed at 3:45 p.m., could be signed by today, barring complications. The Patriots would have to clear a spot on their 53-man roster to make room for Seau.

“If Junior is there and nothing is different from what they thought [Wednesday] night, I would suspect they’d do a contract, and he’d be a Patriot [today],” said Demoff. “But I don’t think there were any promises made to Junior or by Junior to them before he got on the plane.”

Seau had surgery to repair a torn left rotator cuff in February, shortly after the Patriots’ 18-1 season ended with a loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII, but Demoff said the shoulder, which prevented Seau from being ready for training camp, is no longer an issue.

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Junior Seau Back To New England ?

Posted by Mike on December 5, 2008

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From Mike Reiss:

Veteran linebacker Junior Seau is en route to New England for a visit with the Patriots, who are considering re-signing him.

Seau’s visit was first reported by Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated and has been independently confirmed.

Seau, who played for the Patriots in 2006 and 2007, has been out of football this season. In a gathering with New England media members at his San Diego restaurant in October, Seau said he would consider playing again, but only with the Patriots.

“The only reason why I would come back is to finish what we didn’t finish last year,” he said at the time. “That’s the only purpose. There is no other reason for me to come back. With the guys in that locker room, and obviously the organization, there is such a great tie. I have a place in my heart for them forever. I wouldn’t want to fight for anyone else but [Robert] Kraft and [Bill] Belichick.”

The Patriots are thin at linebacker, and re-signed veteran Rosevelt Colvin on Wednesday. Colvin plays outside linebacker in the 3-4 alignment, a position hit by injuries to Adalius Thomas (forearm), Pierre Woods (jaw) and Vince Redd (ankle).

Seau plays inside linebacker, and the Patriots have veteran Tedy Bruschi and rookies Jerod Mayo and Gary Guyton at that spot.

Bruschi has been battling a knee injury of late. Prior to Sunday’s 33-10 loss to the Steelers, Bruschi was worked out by members of the team’s medical and training staff on the field, which appeared to be an indication that his knee injury was serious enough to potentially keep him out of action.

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Rosevelt Colvin Is A Patriot Once Again

Posted by Mike on December 3, 2008

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From Boston.com:

Linebacker Rosevelt Colvin inked a one-year contract with the Patriots this morning, according to a league source.

Colvin, who played for the Patriots from 2003-2007, has been out of football this season after being cut by the Houston Texans at the end of training camp. He addresses a need at outside linebacker, where the Patriots have been without Adalius Thomas (forearm) and also had Pierre Woods leave Sunday’s loss to the Steelers in the third quarter with a mouth injury.

Mike Vrabel and Woods have been starting at outside linebacker in the 3-4 alignment in recent weeks. The top backups are rookies Gary Guyton and Vince Redd.

The Patriots had an open roster spot after placing cornerback Jason Webster on injured reserve Tuesday, and thus did not have to make a move to create room for Colvin.

The Patriots have also contacted veteran linebacker Victor Hobson in recent days, according to a league source. Hobson was with the Patriots in training camp, and like Colvin, has not played this season.

Sorry, I will be out the remander of the day.

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Vince Wilfork On The Ryan Clark Cheapshot

Posted by Mike on December 2, 2008

From Boston.com:

Nose tackle Vince Wilfork said on WEEI radio yesterday that leading up to Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh, the Patriots saw on film Steelers safety Ryan Clark deliver blows like the one he used to level Wes Welker.

“Of course it was a cheap one,” Wilfork told the radio station during his contractually obligated appearance. “We’ve seen it on film all year. He’s nothing special. He’s nothing special. He deserved that penalty. There are a lot of times they take shots, unnecessary shots on guys.

“If you’re going to sit me down and send me to the commissioner’s office for me playing in between the whistles you need to sit this guy down. The same thing I got punished for is the same thing he did.

“I’ve been fined. I’ve talked to the commissioner about my play. That was unnecessary. We’ve seen it all the time, leading up to this game; this guy taking shots when nobody is looking, or when it’s out of the play, he’s taking shots.”

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2009 Mock NFL Draft

Posted by Mike on December 2, 2008

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  1.  Detroit Lions- Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma
  2.  Kansas City ChiefsMatthew Stafford QB Georgia
  3.  Cincinnati BengalsMalcolm Jenkins CB Ohio State
  4.  San Francisco 49ersMichael Crabtree WR Texas Tech
  5.  Oakland RaidersAndre Smith OT Alabama
  6.  Seattle SeahawksChris Wells RB Ohio State
  7.  St Louis RamsVontae Davis CB Illinois
  8.  Houston TexansBrian Orakpo DE Texas
  9.  Cleveland BrownsTaylor Mays S USC
  10.  Green Bay PackersMichael Oher OT Ole Miss
  11.  San Diego ChargersRey Maualuga LB USC
  12.  New Orleans Saints Will Moore S Missouri
  13. Jacksonsville JaguarsAaron Curry LB Wake Forest
  14. Buffalo BillsEugene Monroe OT Virginia
  15. Denver BroncosJames Laurinaitis LB Ohio State
  16. Miami Dolphins-Brian Cushing LB USC
  17. Chicago Bears-Tim Tebow QB Florida
  18. Indianaplois Colts-Ciron Black OT LSU
  19. Minnesota Vikings-Jeremy Maclin WR Missouri
  20. Detroit Lions-George Selvie DE South Florida
  21. Philadelphia Eagles-Percy Harvin Florida
  22. New England Patriots-Knowshon Moreno RB Georgia
  23. Washington Redskins- Alex Mack C Cal
  24. Atlanta Falcons- Jermaine Gresham Oklahoma
  25. New York Jets- Sen’Derrick Marks DT Auburn
  26. Tampa Bay Bucs- Alphonso Smith CB Wake Forest
  27. Arizona Cardinals- Mike Mickens CB Cincinnati
  28. Baltimore Ravens- Darrius Heyward-Bey WR Maryland
  29. Pittsburgh Steelers- Eben Britton OT Arizona
  30. Philadelphia Eagles-Everette Brown DE FSU
  31. Tennesse Titans- Brandon Spikes LB Florida
  32. New York Giants- Terrence Cody DT Alabama

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Patriots To Play Game In London, England Next Season

Posted by Mike on December 1, 2008

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From NFLUK.com:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the New England Patriots when the National Football League continues its International Series at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday, October 25, 2009, the NFL announced today.

The Buccaneers and Patriots have been two of the NFL’s most successful teams in recent years, combining to win four of the past seven Super Bowls.  Both clubs are strong contenders for a return trip to the playoffs this season.

The game between the Buccaneers and Patriots, both of whom are currently challenging for places in this season’s playoffs, will take place in Week Seven of the 2009 season and will be shown live in the United States on CBS, kicking off at 5:00 p.m. UK time (1:00 p.m. ET).

There’s one road trip I won’t be going on next season. Who wants to watch a football game with a bunch of heathens ? Not this guy. I’d rather practice CPR with Sally Struthers. I just hope we get to see Fergie’s rendition of London Bridge.

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Deltha O’Neal Needs To Go

Posted by Mike on December 1, 2008

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Among the many problems that the New England Patriots had against the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday, one problem was very clear: Deltha O’ Neal is awful. O’Neal gives perhaps the largest cushion in the league to receivers. It’s reminiscent of the restraining order I once was served for being a die-hard fan of Paul Shaffer. I was told not to be within 200 feet of David Letterman’s bandleader. That’s the same type of distance that O’ Neal plays off of a receiver. The only thing that O’ Neal can defend is a go-pattern, and that he has a difficult time with that. He whiffed on trying to bump Santonio Holmes at the line and luckily Holmes dropped a easy catch, that would have put the Steelers on the three-yard line. Somehow, the cornerback has been a two-time Pro Bowler. There must have been a lot of injuries those years. Dale Carter and Bobby Taylor must have been hurt. For as bad as people say Ellis Hobbs is, O’Neal is just that much worse. The Patriots were better suited giving O’Neal’s money to Ty Law, playing rookie Jonathan Wilhite, getting him ready for next season, or signing another scrub off the street. That’s what O’ Neal has become, another scrub off the street. The Deltha O’ Neal experiment needs to come to an end. It’s clear he isn’t the right cornerback for this system. One thing is for certain, O’Neal’s name has become very suitable for him: Deltha, because everybody flys right by him.

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Ryan Clark Cheapshots Wes Welker

Posted by Mike on December 1, 2008

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No News Is Good News For Matt Light

Posted by Mike on November 26, 2008

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Per Adam Schefter:

New England and Miami have been waiting to hear whether Patriots left tackle Matt Light and Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder will be suspended for fighting during Sunday’s fourth quarter.

They’ll be waiting for a while, which is good news for both teams.

An NFL official confirmed the league would not issue any rulings Tuesday, an ideal day to announce suspensions. If suspensions don’t come Tuesday, they usually wait until the next week — if they come at all.

So no news in this case is good news. Fines still could be handed down this week, but it is unlikely suspensions will.

But that’s a decision for NFL director of football operations Gene Washington, who has been reviewing the incident that resulted in the ejection of both players.

UPDATE: Per Pro Football Talk:

Patriots offensive tackle Matt Light and Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder won’t be suspended for their fight during Sunday’s game in Miami.

But they will be fined, $15,000 each.

Per Adam Schefter of NFL Network, the league opted to impose fines and not suspensions for the incident, which resulted in both players being ejected.

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