Nathan Horton rode the stationary bike on Friday and didnt suffer any setbacks in his recovery from a concussion, according to Bruins coach Claude Julien.
So far, so good, said Julien when asked how the right winger responded to his first physicality activity with an elevated heartbeat since suffering a concussion from a Tom Sestito head shot against the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 22. Its something Im not going to comment on every day whether its going well or not going well. Right now its positive and well leave it at that.
Horton has now missed four games with what the team initially termed a mild concussion and it doesnt appear hes close to suiting up and playing Sunday in Washington against the Capitals either. Riding the bicycle is the first step for a player recovering from a concussion, but odds are that the Bs will take their time with Horton coming back from his second concussion in the last eight months.
Jordan Caron was called back up to the Bruins for the sixth time this season so the Bs can have a spare forward, and will take the trip with the team to Washington D.C. and Buffalo starting Sunday. Julien confirmed that Caron wont be playing Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but its possible he could be playing in the near future.
FOXBORO — Tom Brady basically told the media to talk to the hand.
More specifically, Brady replied, “I’m not talking about that” to each question about his right hand injury in Friday’s press conference.
Brady stood at the podium wearing the very red gloves that have been captured in pre-practice photos the last two days. Asked why he was wearing them indoors, Brady replied, “I’ve worn them before.”
The five-time Super Bowl champion was also mum on whether or not he participated in practice Friday, sharing only that he was “out there,” which adds no clarification given that he was on the field before Thursday’s practice but did not participate.
Brady is believed to have suffered the injury in Wednesday’s practice. Friday’s practice report will be released this afternoon.
James White put it perfectly on Thursday. When asked if he was the one who injured Tom Brady's hand in Wednesday's practice, the running back replied, "The world may never know."
During an interview with NFL Network, another Patriots running back said you can't put Brady's injury on him.
"Not me," said DIon Lewis. "No, it wasn't me . . . I actually didn't see it happen, but from when I talked to other guys, I knew he was gonna be oaky. It's Tom, so regardless of any situation he's put in, he's going to make sure he's out there game day. Nobody's really worried."
That seems to be the general consensus inside the Patriots locker room. They're all expecting Brady to play. And when they're asked about how he's looked, their answers have ranged from evasive to joking about Brady's handsomeness.
The focus, as Lewis explained, isn't so much on the health of their quarterback but rather the game plan they're putting in place to take on the top defense in the AFC.
"We have a great idea," Lewis said, "of what we think we can do to have success against this defense . . . We just gotta be on point every play. We don't got plays to give away."
Might that mean a load of two-back or two-tight end sets to keep Jacksonville's base personnel on the field? Might that mean plenty of work in the screen game, as Jerod Mayo suggested on this week's Quick Slants the Podcast? Might that mean a heavy dose of Rob Gronkowski?
There are soft spots in the Jaguars defense, as talented as it is, but it will probably require Brady being able to grip a football for the Patriots to exploit them. His teammates seem confident he'll be able to do that.