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October 13, 2012

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Hernandez questionable

Normally when a player is listed questionable it’s cause for alarm, but when it’s Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez it’s a step in the right direction.

The Patriots tight end, who has been out since injuring his ankle on the first offensive play of the team’s week 2 matchup with Arizona, has practiced all week on a limited basis and for the first time in almost a month was not listed as out on the Patriots’ injury report.

Questionable means a player has a 50/50 chance of playing, but in this day’s NFL players listed as questionable on the injury report end up playing the vast majority of the time.

A potential return for the star tight end can’t come at a better time. Not only does he give Tom Brady another reliable target, it gives him another target against one of if not the best secondary in the NFL in Seattle. The Patriots meet the Seahawks in Seattle Sunday (4:05 p.m.).

Sox to interview candidates

The Red Sox brought in two guys to interview for their vacant managerial position and none of them are current Blue Jays manager and former Sox pitching coach John Farrell.

Dodgers third base coach and former major league infielder Tim Wallach interviewed for the position on Friday after the Dodgers gave the Red Sox permission to interview their third base coach.

Next week the Red Sox will bring in another former major leaguer in current San Diego Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus, a former big league catcher.

The Sox are reportedly looking for someone with either big league managerial, coaching or playing experience. Wallach and Ausmus both fit the bill, both would be first time managers.

Appeal asks

for recusal

The most recent appeal filed by NFL players Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove, players suspended in the infamous bounty scandal, have asked that commissioner Roger Goodell remove himself from the case because he can not remain impartial.

Goodell made waves this week reinstating Vilma’s one year suspension and reducing the others by a game after the players initially won an appeal removing the bans.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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