Though Aaron Rodgers is listed as doubtful for Sunday night's game against the Patriots while recovering from a concussion, the Packers quarterback was described as upbeat in the Green Bay locker room on Friday, and he has not been ruled out for the contest.


FOXBORO -- Rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez was one of four players not spotted at the start of Patriots practice on Friday as the team worked out in sweats and shells on the main stadium field. 


Also missing were defensive linemen Mike Wright, Ron Brace and Myron Pryor while Gerard Warren returned after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday. 


Patriots running back Fred Taylor made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday morning and said he's trying to be as patient as possible while he waits for his chance to see more action.


"It's not the best situation that I've been in throughout my career," he said. "I'm used to playing. I'm used to playing, and I'm used to playing a lot. Right now at this point, that's not what's happening for me for now. But there is a process, and I understand that. Like I tell [son Kelvin]: 'Be patient and continue to chip away.'

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo checked in with the Dale & Holley show Friday morning and talked about why the Patriots seem to be so far ahead of other teams when it comes to playing in inclement weather.


ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and talked about the Patriots' incredible success of late.


"You can't watch them and not be impressed," he said, noting: "They've scored in their last five games 196 points, which is 32 more than the Panthers have scored in 13 games this season."


FOXBORO — It’s difficult to measure the impact of a single offensive lineman — there are no easy go-to stats.

One man's Week 15 NFL picks, made while trying to figure out if I should let my strength coach stand this close to the computer …


San Francisco (+9.5) over SAN DIEGO 



FOXBORO — The Packers had two key players — quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Frank Zombo — miss Thursday practice. Here's the complete injury report:

DE Cullen Jenkins (calf)

Did Not Participate
QB Aaron Rodgers (concussion)
LB Frank Zombo (knee)

Limited Participation
G Darryn Colledge (knee)
LB Clay Mattews (shin)
DE Ryan Pickett (ankle)
S Anthony Smith (ankle)
CB Charles Woodson (toe/ankle)

FOXBORO — The Patriots had four defensive linemen — Ron Brace, Myron Pryor, Gerard Warren and Mike Wright — all did not practice for the Patriots Thursday afternoon. Here's the complete injury report from the Patriots:

Did Not Participate
DL Ron Brace (concussion)
NT Myron Pryor (back)
DL Gerard Warren (knee)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)

Limited Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
WR Deion Branch (knee)
CB Devin McCourty (rib)

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady and Devin McCourty returned to Patriots practice Thursday as the team practiced outside in slightly warmer conditions in preparation for Sunday night's game against Green Bay. 


Four players - all along the defensive line - were still missing as Ron Brace, Mike Wright, Myron Pryor and Gerard Warren were not spotted during the open portion of practice. The team practiced in sweats and shells for the second straight day.