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Tommy Kelly ruled out for Sunday’s game against Steelers

11.01.13 at 5:13 pm ET
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Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly practiced on Wednesday and Thursday this week, but he was sidelined Friday morning, and on Friday afternoon, the team listed him as out for Sunday’s game against the Steelers. Kelly suffered a knee injury in last month’s loss to the Bengals, and hasn’t seen game action since.

Meanwhile, cornerbacks Kyle Arrington (groin) and Aqib Talib (hip), as well as running back Leon Washington (ankle) are all among the questionable for Sunday’s game.

Here’s the complete report:

Did Not Practice
DL Tommy Kelly (knee) OUT

Limited Participation
CB Kyle Arrington (groin) QUESTIONABLE
CB Aqib Talib (hip) QUESTIONABLE
RB Leon Washington (ankle) QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (groin) PROBABLE
RB Brandon Bolden (knee) PROBABLE
OL Marcus Cannon (shoulder) PROBABLE
WR Julian Edelman (thigh) PROBABLE
TE Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm/hamstring) PROBABLE

Full Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder) PROBABLE
WR Matthew Slater (wrist) PROBABLE

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Peter King on M&M: Tom Brady ‘just going to have to gut out whatever he has with his hand’

11.01.13 at 1:21 pm ET
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Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports joined Mut & Merloni on Friday for his weekly discussion about Patriots and NFL news.

The Patriots acquired defensive lineman Isaac Sopoaga from the Eagles at Tuesday’s trade deadline. King said the move is worth the low risk.

“Clearly in compensation, draft choice and money, it’s not going to cost you very much,” King said. “The Patriots needed some buttressing along the defensive line, although I think they have to be happy with how their two young free agents [Joe Vellano, Chris Jones] have played. So I don’t think it was essential. But I think they figured that if we can do it, why not?”

There have been reports that Tom Brady is playing with an injured throwing hand, but the quarterback won’t elaborate on it.

“The only thing that I’ve heard is just what everybody has heard, that he’s got some hand soreness,” King said. “Obviously, as you know, the last person who is going to admit anything is [Brady]. If his arm was hanging on by its shoulder tendon, he would say, ‘Hey, my arm’s fine, my shoulder feels great.’ So, you’re just not going to hear. I think he’s going to have to just gut out whatever he has with his hand.”

To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at

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Tommy Kelly not present at start of Patriots practice Friday

11.01.13 at 12:17 pm ET
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Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly was the only player not present at the start of Patriots practice Friday, according to reports. The veteran, who has struggled with a knee injury he suffered in an Oct. 6 loss to the Bengals in Cincinnati, was at practice on Wednesday and Thursday in a limited capacity — and gave the Patriots a perfect attendance report on those two days as a result — but wasn’t around on Friday.

With his availability for Sunday’s game in doubt, the Patriots could be forced to lean more on new defensive lineman Isaac Sopoaga, who was acquired this week in a deadline deal with the Eagles.

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Video: ‘4th & Goal’ previews Steelers-Patriots

11.01.13 at 11:27 am ET
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WEEI’s Chris Price previews the Week 9 matchup between the Patriots and Steelers. Find out the keys to the game for New England, as well as Chris’ prediction for a final score.

Fantasy Football: Week 9 starts, sits

11.01.13 at 10:18 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 9 starts and sits. With six teams sitting out the week on their bye, this is a tough week to find worthy fantasy talent. I’€™ve done my best here to give you some options and some ideas. If you require even more clarity, feel free to head over to, where I have full lineup rankings posted. I update those rankings every Saturday. And, as usual, I’€™ll be here at WEEI on Sunday morning for a chat. Bring your lineup questions and I’€™ll bring the answers.



Terrelle Pryor, Raiders vs. Eagles

He’€™s always good for a decent game because he attacks the defense with both his arm and his legs. Pryor has a high ceiling and is capable of big games. He could post one this week, but it’€™s his floor that I like even more. Pryor can help you in any league at QB in Week 9.

Tom Brady, Patriots vs. Steelers 

Brady is in one of the worst statistical funks of his career, but there have been extenuating circumstances. We all know about the injuries, but one other thing worth noting is that the Patriots have faced tough defenses three out of the last four weeks. It started with the Bengals in Week 5. Last week it was the Dolphins, who shut down Andy Dalton and company Thursday night. Things don’€™t ease up for Brady and the Patriots offense. They play a lot of good pass defenses over the season’€™s second half. Those who expect Brady to finish the season in a blaze of glory will be disappointed, but I do think we’€™ll see solid improvement if the Patriots can get healthy, especially when Shane Vereen returns.  I have Brady as a QB1 this week, but that’s more about the lack of options than my thinking Brady will go off. I’€™m hoping for decent numbers and I would not be afraid to play him. I do not expect another week of single-digit fantasy output like we’€™ve seen three out of the last four games. I’m sticking with the Canton-bound quarterback.

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers at Patriots

Like with Brady, I am expecting Roethlisberger to rise to the occasion this weekend and post serviceable numbers. Like with the Patriots, the Steelers have injuries to key offensive personnel. Where Roethlisberger has an edge is that New England is hurting on both sides of the ball. He should be able to find the soft spots in the secondary, and he should be able to get a ground game going to work off of. In a down week for signal callers, he’€™s a guy who can start this week in most leagues.

Josh McCown, Bears at Packers

This is a desperation recommendation. You don’€™t want to play McCown, but if you are searching for a QB, he could help you. He does face a formidable task going to Lambeau Field this weekend to face the Packers. However, he has a lot of talent around him, and the Bears probably will be forced to throw a lot because they are not in a good position to stop the Packers offense. McCown should offer serviceable numbers  for desperate fantasy GMs.


Jason Campbell, Browns vs. Ravens

He looked pretty good last week, but I would avoid chasing that performance this week because the Ravens are playing good defense and have very good corners. I’€™d rather play McCown.

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No changes to Patriots injury report

10.31.13 at 4:16 pm ET
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FOXBORO ‘€” There were no changes to the Patriots injury report on Thursday, as the same 11 players who were listed as limited on Wednesday — including cornerback Aqib Talib (hip), wide receiver Danny Amendola (groin) and Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm/hamstring) — were on the Thursday report. In addition, quarterback Tom Brady (right shoulder) was again a full participant in practice.

Here’€™s a look at the complete report from Thursday:

Limited Participation
WR Danny Amendola (groin)
CB Kyle Arrington (groin)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
OL Marcus Cannon (shoulder)
WR Julian Edelman (thigh)
TE Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm/hamstring)
TE Michael Hoomanawanui (knee)
DL Tommy Kelly (knee)
CB Aqib Talib (hip)
RB Leon Washington (ankle)
DB Tavon Wilson (hamstring)

Full Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)
WR Matthew Slater (wrist)

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Report: Walt Coleman will work as referee for Patriots-Steelers

10.31.13 at 1:37 pm ET
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Walt Coleman will work as the referee for this weekend’s Patriots-Steelers game, according to our friends at Football Zebras.

Coleman has been the lead official in two memorable Patriots games over the last 12 years. First, he gained a small measure of fame after working as the referee for the Snow Bowl game in January 2002 between the Patriots and Raiders and calling the Tuck Rule. (He’s been a fairly regular presence in New England over the years, but hasn’t worked an Oakland game since that night.)

And second, he also worked as the referee for an Oct. 31, 2004 game between the Patriots and Pittsburgh that saw the end of New England’€™s 21-game winning streak.

This will mark his second New England game of the season — he was also the lead official for the Patriots-Falcons game in September.

For more on Coleman’s work as an official, check out his page at Pro Football Reference. And for the complete list of referee assignments for the week, check out Football Zebras.

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