By: Ian Logue
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS HEADLINES FOR 8/14
A beautiful day here in New England, and while it’s a quiet morning news-wise, here are this morning’s headlines.
The big story Friday was the fact that defensive lineman Ty Warren was placed on injured reserve with a hip injury, which is a devestating blow to New England’s defensive line. According to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe Warren had preexisting bone spurs in his hip which caused a tear in his labrum, and didn’t want to have to “labor through the year” dealing with the pain. He instead opted for the surgery, which ends his season.
Michael Hurley of NESN.com writes that while Warren opting for the surgery may leave the Patriots ‘High & Dry’, the veteran is making the right decision for himself.
Following the announcement the Patriots reinstated Derrick Burgess to the roster, and Burgess has finally reported to Foxboro and has passed his physical. He’s now expected to return to practice with the team after spending the last week and a half pondering retirement.
DJ Bean of WEEI.com reports more on Burgess, who Belichick said yesterday is glad to have him back with the team.
The other story yesterday was on Logan Mankins, who the Patriots have a decision to make this week. The Boston Globe reports tomorrow is the deadline for the team to send Mankins a letter stating their intent to place him on the roster exempt list. According to the newspaper the team has to do that to reserve the right to put him on that list, which is a move the Patriots can execute starting at midnight on the day of their second preseason game, which is Thursday. In the event he is placed on that list it will force him to sit out three games should he sign before joining the roster.
According to his agent, Frank Baur, it appears that if fans had any hope for optimism of the two sides working something out, it sounds like that outlook would be pretty bleak.
“They have totally lost this player mentally. For this young man to work like he has and play for the club for five years, and be promised he’d be taken care of, and to throw the offer they did across the table? It was never, ever a five-year deal. They wanted six years, they wanted seven. They have to do what they have to do, and we’ll do what we have to do.’’
Matt Light was on WEEI’s “Big Show” Friday afternoon, and has some comments on Mankins – saying the team will go 100-MPH with what they’ve got. The entire interview is available, so you can listen to it online at WEEI.com if you’d like to hear it
Christopher Price of WEEI.com takes another look at Thursday night’s win over New Orleans and points out some highlights on specific players, including Brandon Tate – who Price points out some good facts on.
Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald also looks back on Thursday night’s performance, pointing out that the team executed well inside the red zone.
Tom King of the Nashua Telegraph has an article on Marques Murrell, who he feels the former New York Jets made the most of his first opportunity to try and make this football team.
And finally, Glen Farley of the Patriot Ledger takes a look at the Belichick’s decision to play BenJarvus Green-Ellis for the majority of the first half, a move that surprised many since most expected to see Laurence Maroney start the game.
That’s it for this morning. Hope you all enjoy the day, and we’ll see you tomorrow.