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Patriots post-cut diligence continues

Patriots post-cut diligence continues

By Tom E. CurranWith well over 600 players being released on Friday, the Patriots pro personnel department has its work cut out for it in updating its evaluations. On Tuesday, the team worked out the following players: QB Mike Kafka (Northwestern), RB Lex Hilliard (Montana), LB Jerrell Harris (Alabama), DB Eric Frampton (Washington State), DB Devin Holland (McNeese State), DB Dante Hughes (California), WR Jaymar Johnson (Jackson State), WR Tysson Poots (S. Utah) , DB Chyl Quarles (Wake Forest)and LB Jason Williams (Illinois).Kafka's name was an eye-catcher because hewas a fourth-round pick bythe Eagles in 2010 and the Patriots released Brian Hoyer. He broke his left hand during preseason and was replaced and overtaken by by Nick Foles and Trent Edwards respectively.The chance exists the Patriots would like to sign him and put him on their 53.You can check off all the requisite boxes next to his name for being a Patriots' fit: smart, excellent leader, tough, hard-worker, accurate.More likely, though, the team wants an updated evaluation on Kafka in case the quarterback they selected in the third round last year - Ryan Mallett - doesn't work out. Kafka is not eligible to be placed on practice squad.

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Hopes that the Celtics would have Gordon Hayward back in the lineup later this year were dashed last night by Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein.

Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night for a fractured and dislocated left tibia, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens had said earlier in the day that Hayward's prognosis would be better known after doctors saw the extent of the damage. When the operation was over, Bartelstein told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski not to expect Hayward to play again this season.

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“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Stevens had said earlier. “No timeline on it, but a full recovery.”

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE