FOXBORO -- Quarterback Tom Brady, left tackle Matt Light, cornerback Ras-I Dowling and linebacker Dane Fletcher were the only four missing from the start of Patriots practice on Wednesday afternoon, which was held inside the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse because of the inclement weather, according to reports. As was the case with Tuesday (when he was not seen at the start of practice), it's not believed Brady's absence was not injury related, as he was seen laughing and joking in the locker room earlier in the day.

FOXBORO -- On Tuesday, Bill Belichick broke out a new throwback hoodie with Pat Patriot on the sleeve. A special bye-week hoodie, perhaps?

“Might be,” he said with a smile. “You don’t want to make it too popular and take over the gray one.”



FOXBORO -- While Albert Haynesworth was the most notable offseason acquisition for the Patriots, through the first six games of the season, defensive end Andre Carter has been the most consistent



FOXBORO -- The Patriots Tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the following players were worked out by the team: wide receivers Britt Davis and Jarred Fayson; kicker Dave Rayner; long snapper Chris Massey; punters Robert Malone and Spencer Lanning; offensive linemen Phil Trautwein and Robert Brewster. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

FOXBORO -- Quarterback Tom Brady, offensive lineman Matt Light, linebacker Dane Fletcher, cornerback Ras-I Dowling and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth were all not present for the start of Patriots' practice on Tuesday, which took place inside Gillette Stadium.

"I'm not apologizing to anyone for being aggressive and trying to win. That's what we are here for. … You can say a lot of things about me as a coach. One thing I'm NOT is scared. I'm not afraid to go for it."

-- Bill Belichick



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FOXBORO -- On a day when everyone connected with the Patriots was defending wide receiver Chad Ochocinco (click here,



Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley Monday on The Big Show, discussing the Sunday's 20-16 victory over the Cowboys and the state of the team as it enters its bye week. 

One of the topics discussed was receiver Chad Ochocinco, whom the team acquired in the offseason from the Bengals in exchange for a 2012 fifth-round pick and a 2013 sixth-round pick. Through six games, Ochocinco is fifth on the team with nine receptions and 136 receiving yards. He has yet to score a touchdown this season. 

Chad Ochocinco has appeared to struggle at times over the course of his six-game career with the Patriots, but offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien and director of player personnel Nick Caserio are standing by him.

One day after he went without a catch in the Patriots’ 20-16 win over the Cowboys, both O’Brien and Caserio lauded the work and progression of the wide receiver who has just nine catches through six games.

Patriots fans hoping for a boost in the receiving game in the form of Brandon Lloyd will have to look elsewhere. According to NFL.com's Jason LaCanfora, the Broncos have agreed to send Lloyd to the Rams.

The Patriots were reported to be one of the teams in the mix for Lloyd, the ninth-year receiver who led the league with 1,448 yards last season. The 49ers also were rumored to be a finalist.

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