Shortened preseason makes cuts tough for Pats


Shortened preseason makes cuts tough for Pats

By A. Sherrod Blakely Celtics Insider
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With additions and subtractions coming and going among the New England Patriots, figuring out who will stick can be well, a lot stickier than usual.

The Patriots released 11 players on Monday, with at least a couple more moves on the way in the coming days.

Every year, coaches across the NFL will talk about how difficult cuts are as you get closer and closer to finalizing the 53-man roster.

But even at this point, where the roster has to be down to 80, it's no walk in the park.

Complicating matters to some degree has been the late start due to NFL lockout.

And with one preseason game left -- the Patriots play Thursday against the New York Giants -- many of the roster moves NFL teams will be making in the coming days won't be nearly as informed as such moves in past years.

"The more information, probably the better," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said on his weekly teleconference Monday afternoon. "We're certainly working with less this year than we normally do, without the workouts in the spring. Everybody's dealing with the same thing there, so that's nothing unique to our team. That's the way it is."

The Pats still have a couple dozen players to get rid of between now and the start of the regular season, with the weeding out process only becoming tougher as time goes on.

"You'd like to have as many looks as possible," Belichick said. "But in the end, you have to do the best you can with the information you have. That's what we're going to try and do."

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Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official


Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.


Patriots-Falcons injury report: Gilmore, Rowe out


Patriots-Falcons injury report: Gilmore, Rowe out

As expected, after not practicing all week, Patriots cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (concussion) and Eric Rowe (groin) have been ruled out for Sunday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

The full Patriots and Falcons injury report: