Crawford likely out until May


Crawford likely out until May

FORT MYERS, Fla. Left fielder Carl Crawford likely wont be back with the team until around May 1, it seems.

Crawford is progressing in his rehab from surgery on his left wrist. But a setback earlier in camp delayed that progress. He has been swinging at balls on a tee, is on a throwing program, and is scheduled to take 20 or so bunts today. He has not taken swings at live pitches, though.

No, manager Bobby Valentine said. No, thats later.

Valentine said Thursday morning he does not think its likely he will see Crawford hit live before the teams heads north after Mondays game.

Valentine said Crawford would need about 50 at-bats to get ready, which translates roughly into about 15 rehab games. Asked if Crawford could be ready to join the team in a couple of weeks, Valentine replied:

It might be realistic. I dont know. It doesnt seem it. Are we going to ask him to have 50 at-bats somewhere? Probably. So you got to do the math on that. Thats 15 games at three-point-something at-bats, and then you got to get 15 games from the time he starts playing.

I think we have, its a target. Its not a bulls eye.

Valentine emphasized the importance of letting Crawfords rehab take its own progression, not dictated by the calendar.

You dont want to put the kid, anybody rehabbing, under the pressure of a deadline, Valentine said. It can never be the calendar or the schedule that says when a guys healthy. It cant be. Its not fair. Its just not fair.

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


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.


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


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.