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Schilling not backing Thomas in skipping White House

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Schilling not backing Thomas in skipping White House

When you think of right-wing athletes, past or present, Curt Schilling should be one of the first that comes to mind.

But even Mr. Bloody Sock himself wouldn't back up Thomas in his decision to skip out on the White House visit last week.

"My biggest issue, from a personal perspective -- and again whether I question whether he went or not, I don't, he made the choice and he'll reap whatever he has to sow after -- I'm not a fan of our President I don't believe in a lot of the things he's doing, but I will always have respect for our office" Schilling said.

Thomas was pretty clear in his Facebook statement that he wasn't happy with the direction the government as a whole was heading. That feeling led to him not attending the event, while the rest of his team did.

But Schilling thinks that if Thomas had so many issues, it would have probably helped his cause further by going and stating some of his issues to President Obama himself.

"I would not have not gone," Schilling said. "And that's just me. Again, I think I would have had a better chance being at the White House than not and I certainly would have taken that chance."

Instead of a celebration of the Bruins being honored at the White House, it turned into a "Why didn't Thomas go?" event.

"I don't think the intent was to make it about him," Schilling said. "I don't think he sat out and said, 'I'll get attention if I don't go.'"

But that attention came. And while Thomas wouldn't speak on it, his teammates were forced to answer for him. That's something that Schilling himself says he realized once his career was finished, and wished he could act differently in that respect.

"The problem is that now you don't live in asylum," Thomas said. "His teammates are going to have go field questions and answer questions, and that's where so many times in my career I didn't factor that in. And that's just ignorance or immaturity, I'm not sure what, maybe both."

There's no room for "ignorance or immaturity" if you're the main reason the Bruins are what they are -- Stanley Cup Champions. Thomas has to realize what he means to the team.

"That guy is the Michael Jordan of the Bruins, and he is the face of that team whether he wants to be or not is irrelevant," Schilling said. "It's the thing I've always said, when you're the face of a franchise, fair or foul, right and wrong, they don't play in. You have a responsibility to your teammates, to the fans and the organization to represent them in a way that isn't counterintuitive to winning games."

Patriots-Falcons practice report: No changes for Pats

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Patriots-Falcons practice report: No changes for Pats

Thursday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Falcons game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle)
LB Harvey Langi (back)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
WR Chris Hogan (ribs)
G Shaq Mason (shoulder)

ATLANTA FALCONS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Jordan Tripp

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OLB Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring)
K Matt Bryant (back)
LB Jermaine Grace (hamstring)
LB Deion Jones (quadricep)
DE Takk McKinley (shoulder)
LB Duke Riley (knee)
WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring)
DL Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee)

Agent doesn't expect Gordon Hayward to return this season, but foresees full recovery

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Agent doesn't expect Gordon Hayward to return this season, but foresees full recovery

PHILADELPHIA --  Only hours removed from surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle and fractured fibia injury, Gordon Hayward’s agent tells NBC Sports Boston that his client is already attacking the rehab process.
 
“We expect him to have a full recovery,” agent Mark Bartelstein said via phone Thursday.
 
That said, Bartelstein also noted that it’s unlikely that the 6-foot-8 forward will return to action this season.
 
“We don’t have a timetable or anything like that for him,” Bartelstein said. “It’s about getting better, healthier every day.”
 
The Celtics released a statement Thursday afternoon indicating Hayward underwent successful “bony and ligamentous stabilization surgery for the fracture dislocation of his left ankle.”
 
Performing the surgery was Drs. Mark Slovenkai and Brian McKeon at New England Baptist Hospital, with Dr. Anthony Schena assisting followed by consultations with Dr. David Porter of Methodist Sports Medicine in Indianapolis.
 
Hayward suffered the injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday when he was attempting to catch a lob pass from Kyrie Irving.
 
On the play, Hayward landed awkwardly on his ankle, which contorted in a way where it was clear immediately that he would be out of action for a significant amount of time.
 
Since the injury, Hayward has received an amazing amount of outpouring of well-wishes and prayers from Kobe Bryant, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and a cast of other current and former athletes. Both Edelman and Gronkowski know all too well about the challenges associated with returning to play after an injury.
 
"Go into rehab just like you go into anything else: dominate it," Gronkowski said. "Come back when you feel ready. Come back when you’re 100 percent. He wouldn’t be where he is now if he wasn’t a hard worker.”
 
And then there are the Celtics fans, whose support has been impressive.
 
Hayward delivered a pre-recorded message to the fans at the TD Garden that was aired on the Jumbotron high above half court prior to Wednesday night’s game against Milwaukee. Even after the video ended, there was no escaping Hayward’s presence was still very much in the building and on the minds of fans.
 
At one point in the 108-100 Celtics loss on Wednesday, Boston fans began a “Gor-don Hay-ward!” chant that soon swept its way throughout the TD Garden.
 
“It has been a bit overwhelming the amount of support that Gordon has received,” Bartelstein said. “It touched him in so many ways. The outpouring he got, certainly all the fans in the arena last night, from players around the league … it meant the world to him. And obviously, going through something like this, it’s devastating. So, to see so many reach out to him, it means the world to him and his family; there’s no doubt about it.”