During All-Star Weekend, the crew from The Basketball Jones was in Orlando and caught up with a few Boston Celtics, past and present. Hear Rajon Rondo explain his super power of choice and watch Glen Davis, well, just see for yourself.
Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who said last week that he and his teammates knew Malcolm Butler wouldn't be starting in the Super Bowl, tried to clarify those comments in a SiriusXM radio interview Friday.
#Patriots Safety Devin McCourty on finding out Malcolm Butler would not be playing in SB52: "We never really knew...the starting part we knew, but him not playing...as Bill said it was a coaching decision" pic.twitter.com/cZ0n3l3Dd3— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) February 23, 2018
So, the players knew Butler wasn't starting, but as far as Butler not playing (he had one special teams appearance) at all? That mystery remains unsolved.
McCourty stuck with the Patriot Way when asked in the SiriusXM interview if Butler would've helped the defense that surrendered 41 points to the Eagles in the Super Bowl.
"A lot hurt us...we didn't stop anything defensively...we can go down the list of Hall of Famers we could have used," McCourty said.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox’ infield depth was tested mightily in 2017. The group is already seeing some attrition in 2018.
Marco Hernandez, who appeared in the mix at second base (at least up until the recent signing of Eduardo Nunez), returned to Boston because his surgically repaired left shoulder, his non-throwing shoulder, was bothering him.
On May 26, Hernandez's season was cut short when he had an open stabilization (Latarjet) procedure, which is intended to prevent the shoulder from dislocating. Part of the procedure included the insertion of foreign materials — hardware, as Cora referred to it on Friday — and at least some of that has now been removed.
“He was feeling discomfort in his shoulder,” manager Alex Cora said Friday morning. "Flew him to Boston, at the end, they took out the hardware off of it. It seems like… it was creating the discomfort. Obviously, everything went well. Can’t give you a time when he’s coming back.”
Hernandez’s recovery will be dependent on how he’s feeling.
“There’s guys that come out right away and they can go and there’s people who will still feel it and it’s a longer process,” Cora said. “Hopefully he can come back sooner rather than later. He was feeling it and at the end, they checked everything and it was the hardware that they have there. He’ll be fine.”
Hernandez, 25, is entering his third major league season. In 116 plate appearances, he has a .284 average. He's a left-handed hitter and looked particularly impressive last spring training.