The Patriots avoided an 0-2 start, David Price made his Red Sox bullpen debut, and the Celtics announced their training camp dates.
Tom Brady “sure hopes” Colin Kaepernick gets another shot in the NFL: In a web extra for CBS’s most recent episode of Sunday Morning, Norah O’Donnell asked Brady for his opinion on the controversial 29-year-old quarterback. Kaepernick—whose last season in the NFL was highlighted by kneeling during the national anthem as a way to protest police brutality—is without a job after playing six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.
O’Donnell asked, “Colin Kaepernick, do you think he can play again in the NFL?”
“I sure hope so,” Brady responded. “I’ve always watched him and admired him, the way that he’s played. He was a great young quarterback. He came to our stadium and beat us, took his team to the Super Bowl in 2012. You know, he accomplished a lot in the pros as a player. He’s certainly qualified, and I hope he gets a shot.”
Kaepernick led San Francisco to a 41-34 victory over New England in December 2012. He threw for 221 yards and four touchdowns, including one to former Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss. In November 2016, however, Brady got the best of the 49ers and led his team to a 30-17 win. With the loss, Kaepernick’s squad fell to 1-9 on the season. They would finish the year at 2-14.
Tom Brady torches Saints in Patriots’ 36-20 victory: Bouncing back with a vengeance from a season-opening loss, Brady threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter for the first time in his career, eclipsed 300 yards passing in the first half for only the second time, and New England scored 30 first-half points en route to a 36-20 victory over the winless Saints. (Boston.com, via AP)
Tony Romo was predicting plays again during the Patriots game: Calling the game with Jim Nantz, Romo showed why CBS decided to make him the network’s lead color commentator. From the Saints’ second quarter touchdown to their fourth-down attempts (one in which they tried to draw the Patriots offsides and another where they actually went for it), Romo appeared almost clairvoyant. (Boston.com)
Tony Romo: "Heads up for the fade inside to 16."
Drew Brees immediately throws an inside fade route for a TD to Brandon Coleman. No. 16.
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) September 17, 2017
Tony Romo nails another one. Now he's just showing off. pic.twitter.com/dONFODL3tV
— Ƒormerly Ƒunhouse (@BackAftaThis) September 17, 2017
David Price returns in Boston’s 3-2 loss to the Rays: Price returned from a nearly two-month layoff by pitching two hitless innings in Tampa Bay. The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner was activated Thursday and pitched for the first time since July 22 after being sidelined by left elbow inflammation. He struck out two in his first relief appearance since 2010. (Boston.com, via AP)
.@DAVIDprice24 is back on the hill for his second inning of work.
A glimpse of his 7-pitch 7th: pic.twitter.com/nfDxm2acyq
— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 17, 2017
Mookie Betts leaves Red Sox-Rays game with thumb injury: Betts left Sunday’s contest in the fifth inning with a bruised right thumb. X-rays were negative, and he is day to day.
“Nothing structural is going on,” manager John Farrell said.
Betts jammed that thumb months ago and has been dealing with it since. It was aggravated in the fourth inning when he grounded to third base and collided with Lucas Duda when the Tampa Bay first baseman reached for an errant throw. (The Boston Globe)
Celtics to return to Salve Regina for training camp: This season the Celtics will welcome 11 new players to their 15-man roster, with reinvention taking the place of continuity as the franchise seeks to continue its ascension. When practice begins on Sept. 26, these new players will have an extended chance to become familiar with each other.
For the first time since 2013, the Celtics will open training camp at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. The Celtics had held camp at their Waltham practice facility for the past three years. (The Boston Globe)