FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes met with the media following practice on Thursday and was asked about the Patriots secondary, specifically rookie Devin McCourty.

 

"If I could really speak my mind I would," said Holmes. "But off the strength of me being a professional I'll just say that I don't worry about those guys. We have to worry about what we do here; I don't care who they line up on the other side of the ball. It's our job to get the job done."

 

The Patriots worked out linebacker Alex Hall, defensive back Chevis Jackson and defensive end Eric Moore Thursday, according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network. The 25-year-old Hall is a 6-foot-5, 250-pounder out of St. Augustine who spent the last two years with Cleveland, finishing the 2008 season with 26 tackles. Jackson, 24, is a 5-foot-11, 193-pound cornerback who went to LSU and has played for both Atlanta and Jacksonville. His best season was 2008 when he had a pair of interceptions for the Falcons.

FOXBORO — The Jets had just one player — offensive lineman Damien Woody — miss practice on Thursday. Here's a look at the full injury report:

Did Not Participate in Practice
T Damien Woody (knee)

Limited Participation in Practice
CB Marquice Cole (hamstring)
WR Jerricho Cotchery (groin)
DE Shaun Ellis (knee)
CB Dwight Lowery (concussion)

Full Participation in Practice
CB Drew Coleman (groin)
LB David Harris (calf)

FOXBORO — The Patriots had three players who did not participate in practice on Thursday, and a fourth — quarterback Tom Brady — who was limited. Here's a look at the full injury report:

Out
G Stephen Neal (shoulder, placed on IR)

Did Not Participate in Practice
DE Myron Pryor (back)
CB Jonathan Wilhite (hip)
DE Mike Wright (neck, concussion)

Limited Participation in Practice
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder, foot)

FOXBORO — The Patriots have announced that they have placed guard Stephen Neal on season-ending injured reserve because of a shoulder injury. The veteran offensive lineman, who has been with New England since 2001 and is one of the last links to the Super Bowl XXXVI team, has been hampered by the shoulder problem for the bulk of the season. A 34-year-old out of Cal-State Bakersfield, Neal became a full-time starter in 2004, primarily at right guard. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Rex Ryan was asked about Danny Woodhead during his press conference following Jets practice on Thursday. Woodhead was released by the Jets on September 14 and signed by the Patriots four days later. The running back has played a vital role in the Patriots offense, averaging 5.4 yards per carry in his 64 attempts while catching 24 passes.

 

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady returned to Patriots practice on Thursday on the upper fields outside Gillette Stadium after getting Tuesday off. The team was off on Wednesday. 

 

CB Jonathan Wilhite (hip), OL Stephen Neal (shoulder), DL Myron Pryor (back) and DL Mike Wright (neck/concussion) were the four players not spotted at the open portion of practice. The team worked out on the upper fields in full pads. 

 

FOXBORO -- The Patriots were given a rare day off on Wednesday as the coaching staff prepares for the Jets on Monday night at Gillette Stadium. Bill Belichick joked during his Thursday news conference that the players and coaches used the time to "play golf out there, golf, bowling, a little badminton tournament, ate some watermelon, played cards. Just nice."

 

FOXBORO -- The biggest game of the year is about to take place at Gillette Stadium but Tom Brady knows it isn't the biggest game he wants to play in this season. The Patriots quarterback - asked about the level of importance of Monday night's meeting of the 9-2 Patriots and 9-2 Jets sounded an reasonable tone. 

 

FOXBORO -- Jets coach Rex Ryan admitted this week that he came to the Jets to kick the rear end of Bill Belichick and the Patriots but on Thursday he said Belichick is "the best coach in football, and it's not even close."