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Jets Saturday practice report: Damien Woody, Dwight Lowery questionable

12.04.10 at 5:41 pm ET
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The loss of starting safety Jim Leonhard dominated the news out of Florham Park, N.J. on Friday as the Jets and he had surgery on his fractured right tibia on Friday night. Leonhard was placed on season-ended injured reserve. Tackle Damien Woody returned to practice after missing two practices with a knee injury and is questionable. CB Marquice Cole, WR Jerricho Cotchery and DE Shaun Ellis all returned to full participation in practice and are probable.

Jets practice report for Saturday:

OUT
S Jim Leonhard (calf, shin)

Limited Participation in Practice
CB Dwight Lowery (concussion) Questionable
T Damien Woody (knee) Questionable

Full Participation in Practice
CB Marquice Cole (hamstring) Probable
WR Jerricho Cotchery (groin) Probable
DE Shaun Ellis (knee) Probable
CB Drew Coleman (groin) Probable
LB David Harris (calf) Probable
C Nick Mangold (shoulder) Probable
LB Calvin Pace (foot) Probable
DT Sione Pouha (ankle) Probable
QB Mark Sanchez (calf) Probable
G Matt Slauson (knee) Probable
WR Brad Smith (back) Probable

Read More: Damien Woody, Dwight Lowery, New England Patriots, New York Jets

Pats Saturday practice report: Mike Wright, Jonathan Wilhite, Myron Pryor all questionable

12.04.10 at 5:26 pm ET
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FOXBORO ‘€” The Patriots’ injury report for Saturday remained unchanged for the third straight day as quarterback Tom Brady was still limited but is listed officially as probable for Monday night against the Jets. Brady hasn’t fully participated in practice since Nov. 5, the Friday before the game in Cleveland. Three others, DL Mike Wright, DL Myron Pryor and CB Jonathan Wilhite did not participate. Saturday workout inside Dana Farber Field House was the final practice before Sunday’s walk-through and Monday night’s game.

Patriots injury report for Saturday:

OUT
G Stephen Neal (shoulder, placed on IR)

Did Not Participate in Practice
DE Myron Pryor (back) Questionable
CB Jonathan Wilhite (hip) Questionable
DE Mike Wright (neck, concussion) Questionable

Limited Participation in Practice
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder, foot) Probable

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Bill Belichick: High school football is ‘awesome’

12.04.10 at 5:05 pm ET
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FOXBORO — You’d think giving up the Gillette Stadium field and moving indoors for practice might bother Bill Belichick. After all, the Jets are coming to town and wouldn’t the Patriots want to work on the same field they’ll be playing on Monday night?

Well, Belichick showed Saturday he’s more than happy to make an exception for the MIAA Eastern Mass. Super Bowls – six of them to be exact – being played in Foxboro on Saturday. Instead, Belichick took his troops inside to the unheated Dana Farber Field House while the kids played inside the big building.

“I know we are looking forward to our game Monday night, but there are certainly a lot of big games going on here at the stadium today,” Belichick said. “I know these games are games that the kids, the players, the coaches, the schools, the families will always remember – the great days of the championship playoff games of high school football.”

Beginning with Cardinal Spellman vs. Holliston in Div. IIIA at 9 a.m. and concluding over 12 hours later with the Div. IA title tilt between Bridgewater-Raynham vs. Gloucester, Saturday is a football feast like no other in New England.

“I congratulate all those teams, schools and coaches on their participation in the game and I know it’€™s a big day here for all these kids,” Belichick said. “In that spirit, we’€™re heading up to the bubble, getting out of the way, letting them do their thing. We’€™re just kind of closing out the preparations here on the Jets. We’€™ve still got a few things to catch up on, but hopefully it will all come together for us on Monday night and be ready to go.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time that Gillette been used for kids. This is the fourth straight year EMass Super Bowls have been played at Gillette. Six of the seven EMass football divisions play their Super Bowls here, with the seventh division rotating annually. And just two weeks ago, the private school title game was held on the field turf, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Bill Belichick, Gillette Stadium, MIAA Eastern Mass Super Bowls, New England Patriots

Deion Branch on Cris Carter: ‘Whatever he said, that’s cool’

12.04.10 at 1:30 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Deion Branch always wears a bright, genuine smile so it’s really hard to tell if he’s ever genuinely ticked off.

But even after being told that Cris Carter thinks he’s ‘just a guy’ in the Patriots receiving game, Branch sounded like ‘a guy’ who was completely focused on Monday’s little tussle with the Jets than getting into one with a retired receiver who happens to be great friends with – and former Vikings teammate of – Randy Moss, now with the Titans.

‘€œHe’€™s just a guy. You guys have to be real about it,’€ Carter, now an ESPN analyst, told WEEI’s “Big Show on Friday. ‘€œGreat players, they don’€™t get hurt as much as the other players. There’€™s a difference between great ones and good ones and average ones.”

Branch offered his good-natured reply on Saturday in the Patriots locker room.

“Who me? I didn’t even hear it,” Branch said. “That’s cool. Whatever he said, that’s cool. I don’t know what happened and I really care less.”

Despite winning the Super Bowl XXXIX MVP with 11 catches, Carter still believes the Patriots would be better off with his former teammate.

‘€œThe ceiling with Moss with their offense is a lot higher. ‘€¦ They can be really dynamic. Like frightening. Now, if they don’€™t play well offensively, they’€™ll lose, because they have a defense that doesn’€™t dominate the games,’€ said Carter. ‘€œDeion disappears too much against regular corners. He disappears in the game. He’€™s made, like, three guest appearances since the Super Bowl. ‘€¦ Look at his stats. Look at his game.”

Then told that at least he wasn’t called a slouch by Carter, Branch smiled his trademark smile and replied, “If he said that, that’s cool, too. I have no reaction to that.”

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Pats practice Saturday: Three miss again

12.04.10 at 12:28 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Despite Saturday’s indication from coach Bill Belichick that injured defensive linemen Mike Wright and Myron Pryor were “doing better” this week, both were missing for a third straight day at Patriots practice inside a cold Dana Farber Field House. Also missing for a third straight practice was cornerback Jonathan Wilhite, who is nursing a sore hip.

The team practiced in sweats and shells in their final formal on-field workout before Monday night’s game against the Jets. Wright is dealing with the effects of a neck injury along with a concussion suffered in the game against the Colts while Pryor injured his back against the Browns and hasn’t played since.

Read More: Bill Belichick, Jonathan Wilhite, Mike Wright, Myron Pryor

Report: NFLPA internal deadline for new deal has passed

12.04.10 at 12:13 pm ET
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FOXBORO — It could be a long, cold winter of bargaining in the NFL – at least that’s the latest warning from Players Association in a letter to its members.

The leader of the NFL Players Association has advised players to save their last three game checks and prepare for a lockout next year, according to an Associated Press report on Saturday.

The report adds that NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, in a letter to players, said that “an internal deadline” for a new collective bargaining agreement has passed and players would be well-advised to start saving their money now.

Patriots player representative Matt Light told the AP on Saturday that he is taking steps to educate Patriots players on how best to prepare.

Read More: DeMaurice Smith, Matt Light, New England Patriots, nfl

Nuggetpalooza’s NFL Preview – Week 13

12.04.10 at 10:49 am ET
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Welcome to Week 13 of the NFL season! With the Patriots playing Monday night, we’re doing things the opposite of usual thisweek, bringing you the NFL preview first with the big Pats-Jets preview coming Monday! Hopefully, this collection ofstatistical bits and pieces will help you enjoy all the action.

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STEELERS AT RAVENS

* – Baltimore has allowed points of 15-of-16 opponent drives of 10+ plays this season (NFL high 94 percent) while the Steelers have averaged 4.13 points on those offensive possessions, ranked fifth.

* – Opponents are just 5-of-17 on third and three yards or less against the Steelers’ defense over the last six weeks (29 percent). Prior to that, they had allowed 16-of-26 (62 percent).

* – Baltimore has lost 35 yards on completions for negative yards this season, the most in the NFL.

* – Pittsburgh is the only NFL team that has not yet converted a fourth down try (0-for-2).

* – Baltimore has allowed an league high 27.2 average yards per kickoff return this season. HOWEVER…

* – 80 percent of the Ravens’ kickoffs have reached the end zone and 56 percent have been touchbacks, both NFL highs. That touchback percentage is on pace to OBLITERATE the NFL single season record:

56% – Ravens, 2010
38% – Dolphins, 2006
37% – Falcons, 2009

Compare that to the Steelers: Only 22 percent of their kicks reached the end zone (29th). Perhaps that explains why Jeff Reed was let go?

* – 69.2 percent of Baltimore’s rushing yards have come on runs of less than 10 yards, the highest percentage in the league:

69.2% – Ravens
66.9% – Colts
64.8% – Jets

Note this: 73.9 percent of rushing yards ALLOWED by Pittsburgh have come on those short runs, again the highest percentage in the league.

* – The Ravens are the only team that has allowed points on every red zone trip by their opponents this season (26-of-26).

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JAGUARS AT TITANS

* – Over the last six weeks, the Jaguars are second in average first downs per game:

24.2 – Chiefs
23.6 – Jaguars
23.6 – Saints

* – Tennessee has allowed only two touchdowns all season from outside the 20-yard-line, the fewest in the league. Six other teams are tied for the second fewest with four. Beyond that, their defense also leads the league by allowing the fewest average points per red zone trip:

3.79 – Titans
3.95 – Cardinals
3.97 – Dolphins

* – Jacksonville has “won” the first down battle by +9 in each of their last three games. The longest streak of +9 net first downs or more in the NFL since 1991 is five straight games, by the 2005 Colts.

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SAINTS AT BENGALS

* – The Saints lead the NFL at converting third downs (49.7 percent). That includes a league high 39.5 percent on third-and-long (six yards or more):

39.5% – Saints
37.5% – Chargers
37.4% – Falcons

Note this: The Bengals have ALLOWED just 22.4 percent on third and six or more, third best in the NFL.

* – A league high 34 percent of points allowed by Cincinnati have come following Bengals’ turnovers.

* – Cincinnati has allowed touchdowns on a league high 87 percent of opponents’ goal-to-go chances this season (13-of-15).

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