EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Brady threw a pair of touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and added another to Deion Branch while Rob Ninkovich had two interceptions, including one for a touchdown, to lead the undermanned Patriots to a 37-16 win over the Jets and sole possession of first place in the AFC East. Andre Carter also had a franchise-record 4.5 sacks on the night for the 6-3 Patriots, who swept the season series with the Jets for the first time since 2007, and lead the Jets and Bills by a game in the division. 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After testing out his sore foot two hours before kickoff, Patrick Chung was ruled out for Sunday night against the Jets. Chung's absence leaves a void at safety. 

Also inactive are linebackers Brandon Spikes (knee), Dane Fletcher (thumb), Taylor Price (hamstring) Ryan Mallett, Donald Thomas and Shane Vereen. Meanwhile, linebacker Jermaine Cunningham and offensive lineman Nate Solder (concussion) are active and eligible to play. 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- An already depleted secondary took another hit on Sunday night when Devin McCourty injured his right shoulder in the second quarter while defending on Plaxico Burress. His return was announced as questionable. 

McCourty appeared to injure it when teammate Sterling Moore - making his first NFL start for the injured Patrick Chung - drilled McCourty with his helmet. 

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The Patriots announced that they have promoted safety Ross Ventrone to the 53-man active roster and released wide receiver Tiquan Underwood who was signed earlier in the week.

Ventrone has played in four games this season and has bounced between the practice squad and the active roster for much of the season. Starting safety Pat Chung is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets with a foot injury.

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The Patriots announced Saturday they have added offensive tackle Nate Solder to their injury report for Sunday's game against the Jets with a concussion. His status for tomorrow’s game is questionable. New England had previously announced that linebackers Brandon Spikes and Dane Fletcher have both been ruled out for the game. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

The Patriots announced Friday afternoon via Twitter that the following players had come in for tryouts: defensive lineman Jason Parker, defensive end Dyrell Briggs, defensive back Anthony Madison, defensive back Joe Porter, defensive back Robert McClain and defensive back Darcel McBath. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Linebackers Dane Fletcher (thumb) and Brandon Spikes (knee) are both officially out for Sunday's game against the Jets. In addition, the Patriots have listed 10 players as questionable. Here's the complete list:

LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)

CB Kyle Arrington (foot)
S Patrick Chung (foot)
DE Shaun Ellis (rib)
RB Kevin Faulk (knee)
RB BenJarvus Green Ellis (toe)
LB Gary Guyton (shoulder)
LB Jerod Mayo (knee)

FOXBORO -- In what was a sight for sore eyes for Patriots fans, teammates and coaches, safety Patrick Chung suited up Friday morning and headed out to practice, two days from the team's showdown with the Jets at MetLife Stadium. 

Chung appeared to turn his ankle trying to make an interception on the sidelines late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Giants. He missed Wednesday and Thursday practices with what the team termed a foot injury. 

NFL Network's Michael Lombardi joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning for his weekly discussion about the Patriots and the NFL. The Pats visit the Jets Sunday night in a critical AFC East matchup, coming off a loss to the Giants in which the offense took a while to get going.