|12.03.10 at 3:34 pm ET|
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Santonio Holmes was asked Friday by WEEI.com about comments made by his former teammate Hines Ward on Wednesday. Ward called the NFL “hypocritical” and said the league “doesn’t care” about the players. Holmes quickly agreed with Ward’s thoughts and also came to the defense of another former teammate, James Harrison, who was fined $25,000 for a hit on Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday.
“They don’t [care], they don’t,” said Holmes, who played with the Steelers from 2006-09. “I think it’s [expletive]. I don’t care, you tackle a guy, you hit a guy? That’s the [expletive] object of the game. That hit that he [Harrison] made on that quarterback? That was a [expletive] clean hit that he shouldn’t get fined for.”
Harrison has been fined four times now for a total of $125,000 this season, but it is the latest fine that raised the ire of Ward and now Holmes, who can’t comprehend how Harrison’s hit on Fitzpatrick could draw the same fine as Andre Johnson’s for punching Cortland Finnegan twice in the fourth quarter of Houston’s Week 12 game vs. Tennessee.
“No consistency, not at all” said Holmes. “I can’t deal with it, I don’t know. I’m not getting myself involved in that [expletive] to where I hurt myself and lose 25K. I hate that the players that have to do it, that have to lose money for stupid [expletive].”
|12.03.10 at 2:46 pm ET|
The Jets secondary will have to rely more on the talents of their two shut-down corners after coach Rex Ryan announced Friday that starting safety Jim Leonhard had to be carted off the practice field in Florham Park, NJ with a “severe” leg injury.
Ryan said Leonhard likely suffered a break of the leg and will be out against the Patriots. Leonhard leads the Jets secondary with 65 tackles and served as the signal-caller for the secondary, including cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie.
Back in Week 2, Leonhard, who also served as a punt returner, had a pair of tackles and helped the secondary shutdown Tom Brady and hold the Patriots scoreless in the second half of New York’s 28-14 win.
WEEI.com’s Kirk Minihane is on site covering the Jets in Florham Park and will have more on how this injury could impact Monday night’s game.
|12.03.10 at 2:12 pm ET|
Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday afternoon and previewed the Patriots-Jets matchup. King said he only recently decided that the Patriots can win the game, based on one player’s performance in last week’s win over the Lions.
“I think the Patriots will [win],” King said. “If you would have asked me two weeks ago, or even especially before the Detroit game, there’s a good chance I would have said the Jets. But something happened in that Detroit game to convince me that the Patriots are OK. And that is the play of Devin McCourty. I just think that he now gives Santonio Holmes a real tough day on that side of the field.
“Hey, look, I have no idea what [Bill] Belichick will do. Nobody does. But I think it’s logical to suggest that on more than half of the obvious passing plays in this game that Devin McCourty’s going to be on Santonio Holmes. If that is the case, then what I would say is based on the way that I saw Devin McCourty play Calvin Johnson, based on jousting with Calvin Johnson and winning the one interception we saw ‘ to me, I look at him now as way beyond a rookie corner. So, I think he’s going to make a very big difference in the game.”
Touching on other news around the NFL, King was asked his opinion of the NFL fining but not suspending Texans receiver Andre Johnson and Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan for their fight Sunday. “Both those guys should have gotten one-game suspensions,” King said. “The NFL is not doing anything to deter Richard Seymour [who hit Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger] or Cortland Finnegan or Andre Johnson from fighting.”
|12.03.10 at 1:24 pm ET|
FOXBORO — For second straight day, CB Jonathan Wilhite, and defensive linemen Myron Pryor and Mike Wright were the only three missing from Patriots practice as the team worked out in sweats and shells on the main stadium field.
Wilhite has missed the last two games with a hip injury. Pryor suffered a back injury against Cleveland and has been inactive for the three games since Nov. 7. Wright missed the Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit after injuring his neck and suffering a concussion against Indianapolis on Nov. 21.
The team practiced in chilly, blustery conditions on the field turf, with many of the players bundled up. The forecast for Monday night’s game between the Patriots and Jets calls for mainly clear skies and temperatures in the upper 30s with a steady breeze.
|12.03.10 at 12:37 pm ET|
Here’s part of the announcement that was issued by the team on the move:
Moore, 6-4, 268 pounds, is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the New York Giants (2005), New Orleans Saints (2006) and St. Louis Rams (2006-08). He spent the last seven games of the 2009 season on the Carolina practice squad and went to training camp with the Panthers in 2010 but was waived on Sept. 4.
Moore originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick by the New York Giants out of Florida State in 2005. After playing in eight games as a rookie in 2005, Moore was released by the Giants following training camp in 2006. He was then signed to the New Orleans’ practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster and playing in four games for the Saints. After being waived from the Saints, he finished the 2006 season with the St. Louis Rams, seeing action in three games. Moore spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons with the Rams before being released on Sept.9, 2009.
Woods, 6-5, 255 pounds, was re-signed by the Patriots on Nov. 17 and played in two games, finishing with one tackle, one sack and two special teams tackles. Woods went to training camp with New England this past summer but was released on Sept. 4. He is a veteran of five NFL seasons with New England after originally joining the team as a rookie free agent out of Michigan in 2006.
|12.03.10 at 12:22 pm ET|
Linebacker Jerod Mayo joined the Dale & Holley show Friday morning (listen to the interview at the Dale & Holley audio on demand page), and he said he believes the extra time off from playing on Thanksgiving will help his team in Monday night’s contest against the Jets. “Having those extra days off to prepare for a great team, we’re getting more comfortable in the game plan, we’re confident in the game plan,” Mayo said. “I think we’ll play fast on Monday night.”
Mayo explained how the team may have rested physically during the extended break but stayed mentally sharp. “Coach [Bill Belichick] gave us a couple of days off as far as the physical stretches on the body,” he said. “At the same time, we had to come in and watch film, watch a lot of film, and break down a lot of games. All that time that we weren’t on the practice field, we were definitely in the film room watching film.”
Mayo leads the NFL in tackles and looks much quicker on the field than a year ago. Though he wouldn’t outwardly blame his knee injury, Mayo did mention the brace was a bit of a hindrance. “I had a pretty bad injury or whatever, but the thing about it is it’s always better not having on a metal knee brace,” he said. “Any time you don’t have a knee brace, and you have two balanced legs, you’re always going to feel better and play better. I do feel better this year, and hopefully it continues.”
The Jets also had a long break, and consequently Mayo expects to see a different opponent Monday night than the one Patriots encountered earlier in the season. “You just have to assume they’re going to change a lot of things,” Mayo said. “They had the same amount of time off that we had, so I’m sure those guys have been working hard and preparing as well. We just have to go out and execute our game plan, and hopefully it’s the best one.”
Mayo, who said the young defense has improved greatly since the beginning of the season due to the players’ hard work, understands the implications of Monday night’s game, in addition to the national spotlight his team will be under. “This is a huge game for us,” he said. “It’s a Monday night game against a division rival. This game is huge. Both teams need it. This could be the difference between a wild card and a first-round bye. It’s a huge game and that’s how we’re approaching it.”
|12.03.10 at 12:09 pm ET|
Running back Fred Taylor joined the Dale & Holley show Friday morning and pronounced himself ready to go on Monday night vs. the Jets, although he said the final decision is up to the Patriots coaching staff. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
“I’m ready to play,” Taylor said. “I’m going through practice preparing the best that I can. I’m ready to play. [The coaches] just said, ‘We’ll decide later.’ It’s a process. Things have to occur, and things have to be right. And I’m not trying to give you a politically correct answer, I’m just trying to do what’s best for the team, in that I don’t want to tip our hand to what’s going on in terms of personnel moves. That might be the best answer. But I’m ready to play.”
Taylor, out since Week 3 with turf toe, was dressed for the Patriots’ Thanksgiving Day win over the Lions but did not play. “I wanted some action on that day,” he admitted. “But it was more so an emergency-type deal, to get out there and go back through the rituals, get back in the routine, being out there with the team, going through pregame, and just be ready if anything had happened.”
Taylor continues to say highly complimentary things about fellow running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. “He has what it takes,” Taylor said. “He has the tools physically. It doesn’t take great size to be a back. I think his frame is perfect. He’s 5-10 1/2, 5-11, 220 pounds deceptively. His speed is awesome. He has skill, he has moves. He wants to go downhill, north and south. He doesn’t want to spend any time laterally.
“If you have those qualities as a back, you’re halfway there. the next thing is just making plays when it’s time. And he’s been doing that. Going forward, I’m expecting a whole lot of good things from Benny, because he’s only going to get better.”
Taylor’s son Kelvin is a standout running back at Glades Day High School in Belle Glades, Fla. The sophomore rushed for a Florida playoff record 437 yards and five touchdowns in a win last Friday night. “He deserves it,” Taylor said. “He really works hard and he pays attention. He’s a good kid.”
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