According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, Rex Ryan is expected to be fined between $75,000 and $100,000 for yelling a profanity at a fan while heading into the tunnel at halftime of last Sunday's Jets-Patriots game at MetLife Stadium.

The Patriots have ruled linebacker Dane Fletcher (thumb) and Brandon Spikes (knee) for Monday's game against the Chiefs, while cornerback Devin McCourty (shoulder) is doubtful for the game. Linebacker Jeff Tarpinian (illness) was not spotted at the start of practice, but was listed by the team as having "limited participation" at Saturday's session and is questionable for Monday's game. Here's the complete injury report:

LB Dane Fletcher (Did Not Practice -- thumb)
LB Brandon Spikes (Did Not Practice -- knee)

Here are 10 matchups we’ll be looking for in Monday night’s Patriots-Chiefs game at Gillette Stadium:


FOXBORO -- After reportedly separating his right shoulder in Sunday night's win over the Jets and missing the first three days of practice this week, cornerback Devin McCourty returned to Patriots practice on Saturday morning inside Gillette Stadium. 

FOXBORO -- I had one simple question for Bill Belichick on Wednesday.



Chiefs GM and former Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli, in an appearance on The Big Show, said that criticism of the draft and player personnel record of Patriots coach Bill Belichick was "ridiculous." While some of Belichick's player moves have come under scrutiny in the years since Pioli left New England for the Chiefs after the 2008 season, the architect of the Chiefs -- who spent 16 years working with Belichick in the NFL -- said that Belichick remains the best coach in the NFL and that the Patriots front office continues to assemble strong groups.

FOXBORO -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was fined $7,500 Friday by the NFL for his unsportsmanlike spike following his second touchdown grab in Sunday night's win over the Jets. 

Gronkowski caught a five-yard pass from Tom Brady in the end zone on 3rd-and-3. He was tackled by Donald Strickland and then immediately got up, showed off the football for several seconds before spiking it in the immediate vicinity of the Jets defensive back. Gronkowski was called for unsportsmanlike conduct and the Patriots were assessed a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff. 

FOXBORO -- Linebacker Jeff Tarpinian missed practice Friday with an undisclosed illness. He was among four players who missed Patriots in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields at Gillette. There were no other changes as the Patriots once again listed 14 as limited. Here is Friday's complete rundown:

Did Not Practice
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
CB Devin McCourty (shoulder)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
LB Jeff Tarpinian (illness)

Limited Participation
CB Kyle Arrington (foot)

FOXBORO -- Jeff Tarpinian became the third Patriots linebacker to miss practice this week as he was not spotted at the beginning of practice in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields at Gillette Stadium. Tarpinian was not among the 17 players listed on the Patriots injury report on Thursday. 

Also missing Friday were linebackers Dane Fletcher (thumb) and Brandon Spikes (knee) and cornerback Devin McCourty (shoulder). Those three players have missed practice all week in Foxboro, as the team readies for the Chiefs on Monday at Gillette Stadium.

NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi made his weekly Friday appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show to talk about news from around the league.

The Broncos knocked off the Jets Thursday night in Denver, with Tim Tebow running for the winning touchdown in the final minute. Mark Sanchez has taken the most heat for the Jets' offensive failures, but Lombardi said he's not the only problem.