FOXBORO -- The Patriots game in Oakland last Sunday took its injury toll and part of that toll was evident on Wednesday as the Patriots began their on-field preparation for the Jets this Sunday at Gillette. 

Jerod Mayo (left knee) and Danny Woodhead (left ankle) were two of the seven Patriots not spotted at the start of practice on the lower grass field outside Gillette. Also missing were Julian Edelman, Aaron Hernandez, Seabastian Vollmer, Albert Haynesworth and Mike Wright. The team worked out in shorts and shells as heavy rain greeted the team at the start of practice.

In a season where he’s made 400-yard outings look positively routine, Tom Brady’s performance last week against the Raiders appeared pedestrian.

Bill Belichick said Tuesday the Patriots looked at wide receiver Plaxico Burress in the offseason, but said "some things come together, some don’t" when pressed about the possibility of New England landing the controversial pass catcher.

The Patriots did end up making a deal for a veteran wide receiver in Chad Ochocinco, but apparently did their due diligence when it came to checking into Burress.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan Tuesday morning to discuss New England's win over the Raiders on Sunday and the team's much-anticipated matchup with the Jets this Sunday. 

Brady talked about the Jets defense and how New York will prepare for a Patriots offense that is averaging 507 yards of total offense per game. 

One man's Week 4 Patriots Report Card, written with the understanding that while Wes Welker probably won't maintain his 160-catch pace, he's got a better chance than Vince Wilfork does keeping his eight



FOXBORO -- If you’re wondering how the Patriots might survive without Pro Bowl linebacker Jerod Mayo, look no further than the guy two lockers to the right.

FOXBORO -- Using players at different spots is hardly a new concept for the Patriots.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick had words of praise for his quarterback Tom Brady in the wake of the team's 31-19 win over Oakland on Sunday.

FOXBORO -- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Monday that he's not going to try and estimate how long linebacker Jerod Mayo will be lost to the Patriots after reportedly suffering a sprained MCL in his left knee in the first half of Sunday's win in Oakland. 

"I'm not sure of where things are at," Belichick said during his Monday presser at Gillette Stadium. "We'll see where things are at on Wednesday. I'm not going to make a guess." 

Patriots receiver Deion Branch joined the Mut & Merloni show from Gillette Stadium as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday to recap Sunday's 31-19 victory over the Raiders.

Branch said that Oakland's Coliseum lived up to its reputation as a tough venue for visiting teams.