FOXBORO — Quarterback Tom Brady, cornerback Devin McCourty and defensive linemen Myron Pryor, Gerard Warren, Mike Wright and Ron Brace all did not practice for the Patriots on a chilly Wednesday. Here's the complete injury report as issued by the team:

Did Not Practice
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
DL Myron Pryor (back)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)
DL Ron Brace (head)
CB Devin McCourty (rib)
DL Gerard Warren (knee)

Limited Participation
WR Deion Branch (knee)

FOXBORO -- The player who hit Tom Brady - forcing the ball loose during the legendary "Tuck Rule" game in the 2001 AFC Divisional Playoff - believes the Patriots quarterback "stole" his chance at a Super Bowl ring. Charles Woodson will be returning to Foxboro Sunday night for just the second time since that classic game and for the first time as a member of the Green Bay Packers. 

 

During his conference call with the New England media, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that he believes there's only a "slim chance" starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers will practice this week after sustaining a concussion in Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Lions in Detroit. 

 

"Aaron Rodgers did not practice today," McCarthy said. "He won't [Thursday] and there's a slim chance Friday. He's going through all the tests right now. We'll probably make a decision on Saturday if he's cleared."

 

FOXBORO -- The Patriots made room for their newest defensive lineman on Wednesday by placing cornerback Jonathan Wilhite on season-ending injured reserve. Louis Leonard is expected to be with the team this week for practice. 

 

At 6-4 and 325 pounds, Leonard is in his fourth NFL season after playing with the Rams (2007), Browns (2007-08) and Panthers (2009-10). He originally joined the NFL as a rookie free agent with the San Diego Chargers in 2007 out of Fresno State.

 

ESPN analyst and former NFL standout Cris Carter joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Wednesday morning to talk about the Patriots and further explain his critical comments about wide receiver Deion Branch.

 

In an interview on The Big Show recently, Carter said Branch "disappears" against regular cornerbacks. Asked if he still felt that way considering how well Branch has performed since rejoining the Patriots, Carter clarified his analysis as being of Branch's career, and it includes the fact that Branch has struggled with injuries.

The Patriots have reached a deal with free agent defensive tackle Louis Leonard, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. Leonard, 26, is a Fresno State product who is 6-foot-4, 330 pounds. He was an undrafted free agent in 2007 who has also played for San Diego, St. Louis, Cleveland and Carolina. His best season came in 2008 when he played in all 16 games with the Browns and finished with 25 total tackles. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

The Patriots are ranked No. 1 in the WEEI NFL Power Rankings for the fifth straight week, an easy choice following Sunday's 36-7 destruction of the Bears, who fell three spots to No. 10. The Falcons, Steelers, Saints and Eagles round out the top five. Check out all the rankings at the It Is What It Is Blog.

The warning shot went out shortly after the game.



Tom Brady continued his incredible late-season run on Sunday at Soldier Field with 369 yards passing and two touchdowns in the Patriots' 36-7 romp over the Bears. He has now thrown 268 passes without an interception, the third-best streak in NFL history. 

 

"There's a long way to go I don't think anything's been accomplished yet. We don't sit here and think we've got it all figured out." Brady said of the playoff-clinching rout. 

 

The play that will be recalled as the one that put away the Bears as time ran out in the first half Sunday almost never happened.

 

Deion Branch caught a 59-yard 'hitch and go' route from Tom Brady down the left sideline as time expired in the first half. But Branch said there was "a lot of yelling" on the Patriots sideline with one coach yelling out for Brady to take a knee with a 27-0 lead.