According to multiple reports, all citing a league spokesperson, the NFL fined Patriots guard Logan Mankins $7,500 for a late hit against the Chiefs in Monday night's victory over Kansas City. Mankins was flagged for unnecessary roughness in the fourth quarter of the contest when he shoved defensive end Amon Gordon to the ground after the play; the Patriots were also penalized for an illegal shift on the play, resulting in a Tom Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez touchdown catch being taken off the board. Mankins now has incurred eight penalties this year, most on the Patriots.

FOXBORO -- Chad Ochocinco was one of three Patriots players absent from the media portion of practice Friday. The wideout was one of 11 members of the Patriots listed on the injury report, being identified as having a hamstring issue. Also not present at the beginning of practice for the Pats were linebackers Brandon Spikes (knee) and Dane Fletcher (thumb), with both ruled out.

Ochocinco joined Deion Branch, cornerback Devin McCourty, and safety Patrick Chung as those listed questionable. Wide receiver Wes Welker and guard Brian Waters were classified as probable.

According to a report from Albert Breer of NFL Network, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will almost certainly miss Sunday's game vs. the Patriots. Vick broke multiple ribs in Week 10 vs. the Cardinals and did not play in last Sunday's win over the Giants.

FOXBORO -- Speaking prior to the Patriots' Friday practice at Gillette Stadium, head coach Bill Belichick talked about what awaits his team when going up against former Patriot Asante Samuel.

"I think we know you have to be careful throwing around him," said Belichick of the 30-year-old cornerback. "He's very instinctive, he's got good balls skills, he's got quickness. You just have to be careful. Tom [Brady] has thrown against him hundreds of times. I think he has a good feel for what it's like to play against him."

FOXBORO -- Andre Carter has seen firsthand the sort of damage Michael Vick can do.

The Eagles' defensive secondary, already shorthanded because of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's ankle injury, might be missing another key weapon when the Patriots arrive for Sunday's game. On Thursday, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was taken off the practice field on a cart after injuring his knee during a non-contact drill. The Eagles said they would have no comment on the extent of the injury until Friday.

FOXBORO -- The Patriots listed linebackers Dane Fletcher (thumb) and Brandon Spikes (knee) as DNP on Thursday's injury report. Here's the complete rundown:

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

Limited Participation
WR Deion Branch (hip)
CB Devin McCourty (shoulder)
OT Matt Light (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (foot)
C Dan Connolly (groin)
LB Gary Guyton (shoulder)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
WR Taylor Price (hamstring)

FOXBORO -- The Patriots made several personnel moves on Thursday morning, adding wide receiver Tiquan Underwood to the 53-man roster and placing rookie linebacker Jeff Tarpinian on injured reserve with a head injury. In addition, it was announced that safety Ross Ventrone has been signed to the practice squad, while defensive back Josh Victorian was released from the practice squad.

FOXBORO -- Linebackers Dane Fletcher (thumb) and Brandon Spikes (knee) were the only two players missing from the start of Patriots practice on Thursday morning. New England was going through one of its final practices in preparation for Sunday's game against the Eagles in Philadelphia, wearing sweats and shells on the upper fields behind Gillette Stadium.

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski accepted an offer from the American Hockey League's Worcester Sharks to spike a puck at center ice before a game. In return, the Sharks will pay Gronkowski $7,500, the amount he was fined by the NFL for spiking the ball in front of a Jets player on Nov. 13.

Gronkowski will make his appearance Feb. 13, when the Sharks take on the Providence Bruins at the DCU Center.