FOXBORO -- Trying to figure out the overall impact of Albert Haynesworth on this year’s Patriots defense is a tricky proposition.



Antrel Rolle certainly isn't lacking for confidence.

The Giants safety was asked about the possibility of facing Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker in man coverage on Sunday, and he responded, “I can handle anything.”

Rolle was asked why Welker, who leads the NFL with 57 catches and is second with 824 receiving yards, is so tough to cover. According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Rolle responded bluntly.

FOXBORO -- Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker did not practice on Wednesday, as the veteran is suffering from what the team is calling a neck injury. Welker and linebacker Dane Fletcher (thumb) were the only two players who sat out practice for New England. Here's the complete injury report:

Did Not Practice
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
WR Wes Welker (neck)

Limited Participation
S Josh Barrett (thumb)
DE Shaun Ellis (rib)
RB Kevin Faulk (knee)
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe)

Hines Ward missed Sunday's 25-17 Steelers win over the Patriots with an ankle injury, but the veteran wide receiver told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he might have tried to play if he held the New England secondary in higher regard.

FOXBORO -- Patriots wide receiver/kick returner Julian Edelman was at practice on Wednesday as the Patriots began their on-field work for the Giants game Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Edelman was arrested and arraigned in Boston on Tuesday on charges of indecent assualt for an alleged groping incident at a Boston nightclub on Halloween. 

Another wide receiver, Wes Welker, was not spotted at the start of practice while linebacker Dane Fletcher, who missed all of last week with a thumb injury, also was missing from practice. 

Look, it’s all Bill Belichick bashing here this week. There was a time when that was viewed as more of a warning than an invitation (and still probably is by some).



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FOXBORO -- Speaking at his locker Wednesday afternoon, Patriots running back Kevin Faulk empathized with Julian Edelman but said the team has moved on and won't let his arrest this week distract the team. 

FOXBORO -- Patriots defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth said Wednesday morning that the defensive problems that New England has been having this season are a question of execution.

"I don't know if we overthink it. I just think we need to execute," he said Wednesday before practice. "We prepare well here. It's one of the most outstanding teams in terms of how we prepare. We want to be prepared better than the other teams. We just need to execute."

The numbers don’t lie -- the Patriots defense is in trouble.



Don Yee, the agent for Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, said that his client will fight charges of indecent assault and battery. Edelman was released on personal recognizance after entering a not guilty plea to the charges in a Boston nightclub.

Yee, in a statement on behalf of Edelman, said that the charges "will be fought vigorously within the court system, instead of a rush to judgment elsewhere." For more on the situation, click here.