Darren Hartwell

Report: Patriots' Matt LaCosse out several weeks with sprained MCL

Report: Patriots' Matt LaCosse out several weeks with sprained MCL

Turns out there was a good reason why the New England Patriots are re-signing Ben Watson.

Patriots tight end Matt LaCosse is expected to miss "at least a few weeks" after spraining his MCL in Thursday's win over the New York Giants, NFL Media's Mike Giardi reported Monday.

Per Giardi, LaCosse suffered the injury on the Patriots' opening drive of the game on a failed fourth-and-1 attempt. The tight end played through the injury, though, logging 15 snaps in New England's 35-14 win.

LaCosse and Ryan Izzo were the only active tight ends in that game, which necessitates bringing Watson back ahead of next Monday's matchup with the New York Jets.

Watson hasn't played in a game this season, while Izzo has six catches for 114 yards and a touchdown through six games. LaCosse has just three catches for 55 yards in four games played -- he missed Weeks 1 and 3 due to injury -- although he contributed as a blocker in the run game.

Watson likely will take the roster spot vacated by injured fullback Jakob Johnson, who was placed on injured reserve last Friday.

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Patriots expected to re-sign tight end Ben Watson, per report

Patriots expected to re-sign tight end Ben Watson, per report

Ben Watson's free agency will be short-lived, it seems.

The New England Patriots are expected to re-sign the 38-year-old tight end after releasing him a week ago, ESPN's Field Yates reported Monday.

Watson, who came out of retirement to sign with the Patriots in May, missed New England's first four games while serving a suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

He was eligible to play in Week 5 but didn't travel with the team to Washington, and New England didn't activate him prior to last Monday's deadline to activate a previously suspended player, making him a free agent.

The Patriots are thin at tight end, though -- only Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse suited up Thursday night against the New York Giants -- and Tom Brady could use a veteran presence like Watson.

New England placed fullback Jakob Johnson on injured reserve Friday, so Watson likely will take the roster spot he vacated.

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Bruins' Brad Marchand plays 'knockout' exactly how you'd expect

Bruins' Brad Marchand plays 'knockout' exactly how you'd expect

Brad Marchand doesn't change character for anyone. Even when he changes sports.

Conor Ryan of the Boston Sports Journal posted a video Monday of the Boston Bruins winger and several of his teammates trading hockey sticks for two basketballs and a hoop to play a friendly game of "knockout."

That's Marchand third in line, just ahead of defenseman Torey Krug:

Marchand misses his shot (that form...sheesh), as does Krug. Marchand then becomes *that* knockout player, whacking Krug's ball out of the picture before calmly making his layup.

Is Marchand breaking any rules here? Depends on how much of a knockout purist you are. But he's certainly pushing the envelope, which is certainly in character for one of the NHL's biggest instigators.

As long as Krug doesn't mind, the Bruins should let Marchand do whatever he wants before games; the veteran winger leads Boston with seven points (four goals, three assists) through five games.

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