Thursday, April 17, 2014
The bond between the Boston professional sports teams was once again evident Friday morning when Bill Belichick gave out a little more New England Patriots love to the Red Sox, who won their third World Series championship since 2004 on Wednesday.
"Another championship banner in Boston,'' he said. "Congratulations to the Red Sox. That’s great, that’s awesome.''
And then he turned his attention to Sunday's game with Pittsburgh at Gillette.
Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly was again ruled OUT for the game. This will be the fourth consecutive game Kelly has missed since suffering a knee injury against Cincinnati. He did have limited participation in practice this week, so he is improving.
The Patriots picked up defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga from Philadelphia in a trade on Tuesday and Belichick said he will sees no reason the big guy won't play Sunday.
"It’s not like we signed a guy off the street,'' said Belichick. "I think he’s in good condition. His reactions are what you’d expect them to be. He just has to get familiar with our terminology and some of the way we play certain blocks or what his responsibilities are on blitzes and that kind of thing. You know, he’s a smart guy and he obviously has a lot of experience.
"As I said, he’s been playing so he’s certainly in football shape. I think he’s doing fine. We have a couple more days, we have to clean up a few things. I think he should, if he continues to progress throughout the week, I don’t think there’s any reason why he shouldn’t be ready to play.''
One other note on the Injury Report:
Cornerbacks Aqib Talib (hip) and Kyle Arrington (groin) are both listed as QUESTIONABLE, which means they have a 50-50 chance of playing.
Mike Lowe has covered the New England Patriots since 1999 for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and has had a nice view of their emergence as one of the NFL’s premier franchises.
He’s been at the paper since 1982 and has covered everything from a Little League World Series to the Summer Olympics. He is married to Tracie and they have three children and two grandchildren.
Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeLowePPH.