Here are 10 matchups we’ll be looking for in Sunday’s Patriots-Redskins game:



The Patriots welcomed veteran defensive end Eric Moore back into the fold on Saturday, his agent has confirmed.

The 30-year-old Moore, who was with New England for the tail end of the 2010 season, finished last year with 13 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, and provided some much needed depth for a New England defensive line ripped apart by injury. He was one of the team's final roster cuts out of camp this summer, and ended up spending the entire season with the UFL.

FOXBORO -- According to multiple reports, citing a league spokesperson, Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo was fined $25,000 for a fourth-quarter hit on Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky in New England's 31-24 win last Sunday. Though Mayo was not flagged on the play, he was hit with the fine for a hit that was deemed to be in "the head and neck area."

Mayo has not incurred a single penalty during the season. Even so, with the NFL cracking down on helmet-to-helmet hits and emphasizing quarterback safety, the 25-year-old linebacker received his fine.

FOXBORO -- Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer will miss his second straight game with a right foot injury as the team ruled him out in the injury report that was released Friday afternoon. Linebacker Jermaine Cunningham is doubtful after being limited with a hamstring injury while Marcus Cannon's absence Friday was not injury-related, according to the team. Rookie running back Stevan Ridley returned to full participation on Friday and is expected to be available Sunday. Friday's complete injury report is as follows:

Did Not Participate:

FOXBORO -- A pair of offensive tackles were missing at the start of Patriots practice on Friday as Marcus Cannon and Sebastian Vollmer were not spotted on the upper grass fields. The Patriots worked in sweats and shells as they continued preparing for the Redskins this Sunday at FedEx Field. 

Jets coach Rex Ryan has taken some heat for his underachieving team this season, but Ryan remains as confident as ever. Talking to the New York Daily News' Mike Lupica, Ryan was asked about the Patriots, who lead the 7-5 Jets by two games in the AFC East.

FOXBORO -- For an NFL team, choosing between Clay Matthews or Rob Gronkowski might be the ultimate win-win scenario.



FOXBORO -- The Patriots released their practice report Thursday, and the only change from Wednesday's list was the move of linebacker Brandon Spikes, who had been dogged by a knee injury, from DNP to limited. In all, the Patriots listed 13 players as limited in participation for the session. Thursday's complete injury report is as follows:

Did Not Participate:
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot)
RB Stevan Ridley (not injury related)

Limited Participation:
CB Kyle Arrington (foot)

FOXBORO -- Linebacker Brandon Spikes was back at practice on Thursday as the Patriots practiced in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields at Gillette Stadium. Spikes injured his right knee during the loss to the Giants on Nov. 6 and hasn't played since. The team is continuing its field preparation for the Redskins this Sunday at FedEx Field outside Washington, D.C. 

Spikes, who reportedly sprained his MCL, was wearing a protective wrap over his right knee during practice. 

FOXBORO -- With three-quarters of the regular-season in the books, there’s little debate as to who the most impactful Patriots’ rookie of 2011 has been: offensive lineman Nate Solder wins the honor almost by default.