FOXBORO -- For the third straight day, Patrick Chung and Sebastian Vollmer were the only Patriots not at practice as the team continues preparing for Tim Tebow and the Broncos this Sunday in Denver. 

With wind whipping up to 35 miles per hours outside, the team went indoors to the Dana Farber Field House and held their third straight practice in sweats and shells. The team did not practice in pads this week. 

The Patriots leave late Friday afternoon for Denver, taking off a day early to adjust to the time change. 

FOXBORO -- Pressed on why Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork have been limited in practice the last two days and listed as "non-injury related" on the injury report, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said there is no secret issue at play.

Every single Tim Tebow angle has been analyzed a bazillion times this week. One of the more interesting storylines relates to the Patriots, and another instance in which a second-year quarterback came in and captivated the country with an ability to win.



NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show to talk about the Patriots' game against Tim Tebow and the Broncos. Lombardi said the Patriots' strategy is clear for Sunday.

FOXBORO -- The Patriots face their most intriguing opponent of the season on Sunday when they travel to Denver to meet the Broncos.



FOXBORO --  For the second straight day, Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork were listed as limited at practice on Thursday, as the team practiced in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields at outside Gillette Stadium. In both cases, the team listed Brady and Wilfork as limited but not injury-related. Brady and Wilfork were among the 15 Patriots listed as limited, as there were no changes from Wednesday. Sebastian Vollmer and Patrick Chung were the only absentees from practice, held in sweats and shells on the upper practice fields. Thursday's complete injury report is as follows:

FOXBORO -- In the wake of the news that charges against him were dropped on Thursday, the Patriots have released a statement from wide receiver Julian Edelman.

“I am very appreciative of the hard work of the County’s public officials and of my attorney Amy McNamee. I am humbled by the support of my teammates and the Patriots organization. I’m just looking forward to focusing on football.”

The Patriots announced Thursday that rookie defensive back Malcolm Williams has been released. Williams, 24, was originally drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round (219th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Texas Christian. Williams, 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, was released by the Patriots on Aug. 29 and then spent two stints on the New England practice squad. He was signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on Dec. 10 and saw action on special teams against the Redskins last Sunday.

Charges against Patriots wide receiver/defensive back Julian Edelman -- accusing him of groping a woman at a nightclub on Nov. 1 --  have been dropped by Suffolk County prosecutors.

Edelman had been facing a charge of indecent assault and battery for allegedly inappropriately touching a woman at the Storyville nightclub on Exeter Street.

Finally, a place on the internet has been carved out to have a discussion about Tim Tebow



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