The Patriots and 49ers' practice and participation reports for Wednesday:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: TE Rob Gronkowski (forearmhip), DT Kyle Love (not injury related).
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Kyle Arrington (knee), DT Ron Brace (elbow), S Patrick Chung (shoulderhamstring), G Dan Connolly (back), CB Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring), TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle), LB Dont'a Hightower (hamstring), DE Chandler Jones (ankle), WR Brandon Lloyd (knee), G Logan Mankins (anklecalf), OL Nick McDonald (shoulder), LB Brandon Spikes (kneeankle), CB Aqib Talib (hip), OT Sebastian Vollmer (backknee), WR Wes Welker (ankle), LB Tracy White (elbow).
FULL PARTICIPATION: LB Jerod Mayo (elbow).
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERs
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: LB Tavares Gooden (ribs), WR Mario Manningham (shoulder), RB Bruce Miller (shoulder), LB Aldon Smith (shoulder).
FULL PARTICIPATION: K David Akers (pelvis), LB Navorro Bowman (shoulder), CB Tarell Brown (shoulder), CB Chris Cullivar (knee), RB Frank Gore (wrist), CB Carlos Rogers (knee), DT Will Tukuafu (wrist), LB Patrick Willis (shoulder).
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching old Super Friends episodes with my 4-year-old on a Saturday morning.
*Has anybody ever been as excited to get a healthy Malcolm Subban back in the lineup as the Vegas Golden Knights are this weekend? Pro Hockey Talk is asking the question, and I think I can honestly answer with a resounding “No.” We’ll see if he’s actually worth all the excitement, but obviously, he’s better than what the injury-plagued Golden Knights had in the interim.
*The Buffalo Sabres continue to get very little return for any of the investments they’ve made in the team over the last couple of years.
*Ryan Suter knows what it takes to remain among the NHL defenseman workhorses in the NHL, and he is consistently there year in and year out.
*Dustin Brown has been a resurgent performer for the Los Angeles Kings this season and is one of the big storylines behind their turnaround.
*The Detroit Red Wings are beginning to more openly adopt Jeff Blashill’s speed game, but the question is how much that will pay dividends for them.
*For something completely different: Good piece in the Boston Globe about Danny Ainge’s relationship with recently passed Red Sox great Bobby Doerr.
The mask will be back tonight in Atlanta for Kyrie Irving.
The Celtics guard told reporters at the team's shootaround Saturday in preparation for Saturday night's game against the Hawks - where Boston will try and win its 15th in a row - that he'll grudgingly go back to wearing the clear plastic facemask he had been using to protect a facial fracture he suffered last week.
Irving wore the mask against Brooklyn for a full game earlier in the week then ditched it in the second half of the victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. He shot just 4-for-16 from the field (1-for-5 on 3's) against the Warriors and has made no secret of his disdain for wearing it.