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Joe Philbin missed two days of practice this week to attend his fathers funeral in Massachusetts. While the Miami Dolphins said the workouts went smoothly, they felt the absence of their coach, a notorious stickler for detail.Its different not having him here, defensive tackle Jared Odrick said. In practice he makes sure everybodys dotting their Is and crossing their Ts, and that shoelaces arent untied. Its a small thing, but as much as you may laugh at it, thats like the first sign of readiness, having your shoes tied. People who are less ready for practice usually have their shoes untied.Philbin also missed two days of practice last week to be with his father. The Dolphins then beat San Diego 37-0 to improve to 5-3, and they take a three-game winning streak into Sundays game at Detroit.Its probably better that Im not around, Philbin said with a smile. You know how that goes.RED FLAG ON RED FLAGS: First-year head coach Jay Gruden has yet to win a replay challenge.Gruden is 0 for 6 with the Washington Redskins, including a failed effort to get officials to turn in incomplete pass into an interception in last weeks 29-26 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.The referees have got a tough job, but I dont know what the deal is, Gruden said. I thought that for sure was an interception. All I can do is challenge them, man.Im going to start begging here pretty soon, he added with a laugh. Please just reverse one for me, good golly, but I thought for sure that was an interception.PUNTING PUNTS: The Green Bay Packers own an unusual record in the punting department. Rather, a lack of punts.Green Bay has been involved in two games this season in which there was no punt by either team. It happened Oct. 26 in a 44-23 loss to the Saints, and Sept. 28 in a 38-17 win over the Bears.Prior to that match, there was only one other regular-season game in NFL history that concluded without a punt, a Sept. 13 1992 affair between Buffalo and San Francisco.For the Packers, the dubious mark is in part a reflection of this season. The defence is worst in the league against the run, giving up more than 153 yards per game. The up-tempo offence led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been unstoppable at times.Green Bay and Chicago meet again Sunday at Lambeau Field.Both teams executed pretty well last time with no punts — which for us is kind of old hat, Rodgers joked Wednesday, eliciting laughs.JUST PLAIN TOM: Fans see Tom Brady as a great quarterback with plenty of money and a supermodel wife.The three-time Super Bowl champion for the New England Patriots sees another side.I feel like Im still the kid from Portola Drive, the street where he grew up in San Mateo, California, Brady said. I know probably from the outside in its different, but from the inside out, its the same.No matter how many magazine covers hes on or high-profile events he attends with wife Gisele Bundchen, developing relationships with teammates remains a big part of playing this game, he said.We see each other at our most vulnerable moments. When you lay it on the line like that, you develop a really special bond with those guys. Thats nothing that I think about. Its just probably part of who I am, and its probably why I love the game so much and its why its a really natural thing.Some things have changed for Brady as the years have gone by. With three children, he doesnt have the freedom that younger players do in deciding how to spend his bye week. The Patriots resume play on Nov. 16 at Indianapolis.My life is a lot different now than when I was 24, the 37-year-old Brady said. Like on a bye week, I couldnt wait to get out of town — where were we going and there are all these things to do. And now I see all my teammates doing the same stuff and I say, Go enjoy it because youre going to be married with three kids someday and its going to be a lot different. RECOVERING CASSEL: Matt Cassel knew he was the bridge to Teddy Bridgewater, the trustworthy veteran chosen to start at quarterback for Minnesota while the first-round draft pick developed. It turned out to be an abrupt transition, when Cassel broke multiple bones and sprained a ligament in his left foot in the third game of the season.The 32-year-old Cassel, under contract with the Vikings through 2015, might have lost his last chance to be a starter. But hes kept his spirits up, relishing the extra time with his family and becoming even more of a mentor to Bridgewater. To stay sane and continue contributing to the team, Cassel has asked coaches for analytical projects he can take on, for example a review of recent plays inside the 20-yard line.Cassel has had wires sticking out of his foot to help the bones heal; he wears a boot and uses a cart to get around. Soon, hell be able to resume walking and return to the sideline for games to serve as another aid for Bridgewater and the offence.Then hell start throwing again. Full recovery was estimated at three months.It was definitely crushing at first, especially because of all the hard work that went into this off-season, the battle so to speak, Cassel said. Winning the job and then having it all taken away from you with an injury in the third week of the season. But you deal with it. You know, thats part of the culture of football.INTERN MATTHEWS: Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews spent his off week answering the call to serve as an intern at Sledgehammer Studios.A video game junkie, Matthews got a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of the wildly popular Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare game. Matthews traded his uniform for trying on an exoskeleton suit, one of the accessories that goes with the game.Matthews saw everything, from the animation and special effects needed to create the game to taking a turn at the voiceover work done in the game by actor Kevin Spacey. Spacey plays the egomaniacal leader of a private military corporation in the single-player story mode of the game.Its much like football, where people only see the finished product on Sunday, Matthews said. They take for granted all the work that goes into it. Its much of the same with video games.Matthews started playing video games on Nintendo as a kid and never stopped even as he became one of the top linebackers in the NFL.You wouldnt find this work interesting unless you enjoyed playing as well, he said of his one-day intern stint. Ive loved video games since I was a little kid, especially the Call of Duty series. This is awesome for me.Im sure some of my teammates and fellow gamers are going to be a little jealous, Matthews said.Matthews said Packers linebacker Jamari Lattimore and safety Chris Banjo are the most enthusiastic Duty gamers on the team.I make sure to team up with them, he said. We have similar schedules, so its always fun to be on the same team and start playing.Matthews was back to his day job this week with the Packers. They host the Bears on Sunday night. Perhaps when hes done, Matthews will unwind by playing the latest version of the blockbuster franchise.These people have been working on the game for countless years, he said. With all the pride they put into it, its great to see the final product.___AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner and Dave Campbell, and Sports Writers Howard Ulman, Steven Wine, Joseph White, Genaro C. Armas and Dan Gelston contributed to this notebook.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Fernando Rodney Nationals Jersey . -- Slugger Jose Abreu, All-Star left-hander Chris Sale and closer Matt Lindstrom are on the disabled list. 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"I was sitting here after the game and talking to Glen (Rice) saying, Its a great feeling knowing youre going to keep playing," Beal said after scoring 27 points to help the Wizards grab the Eastern Conferences No. 5 seed with a 118-102 win over Boston on Wednesday night. "You dont have to go home now and not know what youre doing," he said. "Its a great thing for us to be in the situation were in. For me being my second year, a lot of guys havent been through it." The Wizards, who closed the regular season by winning seven of their last 10 games, will be facing Chicago in their first playoff appearance since 2008. "I just thought the way we ended it, thats what we talked about," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "We didnt want to worry about whos chasing who." The Wizards jumped over Brooklyn and into fifth place after the Nets lost in Cleveland. Trevor Booker scored 20 points, Marcin Gortat had 15 with 10 rebounds, and John Wall 15 points for Washington, which finished the regular season 44-38. Its the most wins for the franchise since 45 in 2004-05. "I thought we had a pretty good season," Washington forward Trevor Ariza said. "We had our ups and we had downs, but for the most part its definitely been a step in the right direction." Boston sat injured guards Rajon Rondo and Jerryd Bayless, and injured forwards Kris Humphries and Jared Sullinger, finishing with a 25-57 record. It was the clubs worst since going 24-58 in 2006-07, the year before acquiring Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and winning its 17th NBA title. "Im not concerned that we arent going to strive to get better," Boston first-year coach Brad Stevens said. "I think we will work. I think their work ethics are good, and I think their coach-ability is pretty good." One player that may be wondering if hell be back is Rondo. When asked if he wants to be with the club next season, he said: "Next question." The point guard will be in the final year of his contract. Rookie Kelly Olyynyk led Boston with 24 points and seven boards.dddddddddddd Jeff Green scored 20 points and Avery Bradley 18. The Celtics closed the season, filled with fans talking a lot of "tanking" and "pingpong balls," by losing 11 of their last 13. Stevens wants his players that return to come ready to fight for more playing time next season. "So, theres a couple of different ways to look at it: Are you going to get better in your role, or are you going to expand your role?" he said. "What I mean by that is: Are you going to get better at what you do well, or are you going to get better at some other things that make you, give you the chance instead of being the eighth guy to be the fifth? Or instead of being the fifth to be the third?" Washington, which never trailed, led by 12 at halftime before the Celtics opened the third with a 14-6 run, closing it to 74-70 on Brandon Bass jumper from the left wing. But -- behind Gortats eight points -- the Wizards answered by scoring 13 of the next 16 to move ahead 87-73. Washington led by 16 entering the final quarter and coasted to the win. Behind Wall scoring their initial six points, the Wizards had opened a double-digit lead (23-11) on Gortats jumper midway into the opening quarter. They shot 66.7 per cent (18 of 27) and led 38-24 at the break. Both teams had a hot shooting second quarter, with neither below 55 per cent as the Wizards lead ranged between five and 15 points en route to a 68-56 halftime edge. NOTES: Wall started all 82 regular season games after missing the start of last season with a left knee injury. "Coming off a tough year, last year injury-wise, to be able to play all 82 games is a heck of an accomplishment," Wittman said before the game. "You look at all the really good players that have played the game and they play all 82." ... Bass won the teams Red Auerbach Award thats given to the player or coach who best exemplifies the spirit of what it means to be a Celtic through performance on and off the court. ... Sullinger spoke to the crowd from midcourt before the game, saying: "We want to thank you for your endless support and passion throughout the whole season. Hopefully well come back better next year." ' ' '

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