Patriots-Dolphins practice report: Lewis ill, Brady and Mitchell hurting

Patriots-Dolphins practice report: Lewis ill, Brady and Mitchell hurting

FOXBORO -- The Patriots were without Tom Brady at Wednesday's practice, but the thigh injury he's dealing with is not expected to impact his availability for Sunday, according to Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran. 

Dion Lewis (illness) and Malcolm Mitchell (knee) were also missing from Wednesday's practice. Mitchell had his knee twisted as he was tackled with about six minutes remaining in the third quarter against the Jets last weekend. When he got to his feet, he flexed his right leg, and though he remained in the game he was clearly experiencing some discomfort.

Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), Dont'a Hightower (knee) and Matthew Slater (foot) were all limited in the team's first practice of the week. Both Hightower and Slater were inactive on Christmas Eve.

Cyrus Jones (knee) was a new addition to the injury report. He did not appear at all hobbled after seeing limited action against the Jets, and in the locker room before practice on Wednesday he was in good spirits. His availability in practice moving forward this week bears watching.

Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Dolphins game:


WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
QB Tom Brady (thigh)
RB Dion Lewis (illness)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)

TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
CB Cyrus Jones (knee)
WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)


LB Jelani Jenkins (knee)
CB Byron Maxwell (ankle)
LB Spencer Paysinger (knee)
QB Ryan Tannehill (knee)

RB Jay Ajayi (shoulder)

DE Mario Williams (ankle)

Report: Celtics to sign Kilpatrick to 10-day contract

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Report: Celtics to sign Kilpatrick to 10-day contract

The depleted Celtics will sign guard Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract, according to The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy.

Kilpatrick, 28, 6-4, 210 pounds, who played at the University of Cincinnati, most recently played for the Clippers this season and has spent time with the Bucks and Brooklyn Nets the past two seasons. 

With their spate of injuries lately, including Kyrie Irving undergoing a procedure on his knee Saturday, the Celtics have been granted a "hardship roster exemption" by the NBA. 


Red Sox moves leave Poyner as likely lefty in pen

Red Sox moves leave Poyner as likely lefty in pen

The Red Sox optioned three players, including lefties Robby Scott and Roenis Elias to Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, leaving rookie Bobby Poyner as the leading candidate to make the team as a lefty reliever.

Infielder Tzu-Wei Lin was also sent to Pawtucket and catcher Dan Butler, infielder Iván De Jesús Jr., and outfielders Rusney Castillo and Aneury Tavárez were re-assigned to minor league camp.

Poyner, 25, dominated at Double-A Portland last season. The 14th-round pick from the University of Florida in 2015 held opponents to a .142 batting average with a .094 ERA in 27 appearances for the Sea Dogs. Poyner has an 0.96 ERA with eight strikeouts in 9 1/3 spring training innings. 

Red Sox manager Alex Corea told reporters in Florida on Saturday that left-handers Drew Pomeranz (left forearm) and Eduardo Rodriguez (offseason knee surgery) will begin the season on the disabled list, leaving Hector Velazquez, Justin Haley or Marcus Walden to make the team as the fifth starter. 

A few decisions remain with the opener approaching Thursday at Tampa Bay, including whether Blake Swihart, Brock Holt or Deven Marrero will make team as bench players.