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Chance Seidenberg sees action this weekend

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Chance Seidenberg sees action this weekend

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Dennis Seidenberg watched Mark Stuart go through all kinds of trouble and scary worst case scenarios two years ago with an infection in his hand, so he didnt waste any time when he noticed redness and swelling around a six-inch gash on his left leg.

The infection appeared days after the skate blade of Tim Thomas had cut open the German defenseman in their victory over the Los Angeles Kings, and the Bruins medical staff immediately put him on IV antibiotics.

The infected cut has caused Seidenberg to miss at least one game against the Washington Capitals, but the blueliner said hes a strong possibility for at least one of the games against the New York teams this weekend. The Bruins face the Islanders on Saturday and the Rangers on Sunday, and Seidenberg said its a matter of when hes cleared by team doctors.

Theyre taking a look at it every day and when it looks good enough theyll let me play. I feel fine and this is precautionary, said Seidenberg, who will be on oral antibiotics for the next week to effectively knock out the infection. I told the doctors as soon as I saw the redness around the cut, so it seems like we caught it early.

With Adam McQuaid out for the weekend after suffering a cut over his eye and Seidenberg potentially out Saturday against the Islanders, it may provide an opportunity for both Joe Corvo and Mike Mottau to get a little playing time moving forward. But with Seidenbergs status day-to-day, it appears that hell be back in that top D pairing with Zdeno Chara sooner rather than later.

Seidenberg is day-to-day. Hes feeling good. Its not a matter of injury as much as its making sure the infection is taking care of properly, said Claude Julien. We need to be cautious so he doesnt take a step back. The doctors will keep checking it on a daily basis, and when they feel comfortable theyll give me the green flag to put him in.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?

0:41 - Tom Giles, Michael Holley, and Tom Curran react to the Patriots’ 23-7 win over the Falcons on Sunday night and whether the Patriots deserve to be considered Super Bowl favorites.

6:09 - Is Johnson Bademosi an upgrade over Stephon Gilmore at cornerback for the Patriots? Michael Hurley joins BST to debate with Tom Curran, Michael Holley, and Kayce Smith. They also discuss the defense’s overall improvement in Sunday night’s win.

14:37 - NBC Sports Boston’s Red Sox insider Evan Drellich joins the show to talk about the Red Sox hiring Alex Cora to be their new manager, whether it was the right choice, and how his presence will affect the Red Sox clubhouse.

22:14 - Kayce Smith and Tom Curran discuss Kyrie Irving’s vulgar response to a Philadelphia fan yelling “Where’s LeBron?” at him on Friday night.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE