FOXBORO -- Linebacker Jerod Mayo (left knee), defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion) and safety Josh Barrett (thumb/hamstring) all missed practice for the Patriots, who also had 10 players limited in their Wednesday afternoon session. Here's the complete practice report:

Did Not Practice
LB Jerod Mayo (left knee)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)
S Josh Barrett (thumb//hamstring)

Limited Partcipation
CB Leigh Bodden (thumb)
S Sergio Brown (chest)
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip)

FOXBORO -- Another week, another Ryan.

FOXBORO -- Three key offensive players returned to practice on Wednesday as the team began their on-field preparation for the Cowboys this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. 

Sebastian Vollmer (back), Danny Woodhead (ankle) and Julian Edelman (ankle) were all back in uniform and on the lower grass field for the Patriots at the start of practice while Jerod Mayo (left knee), Mike Wright (concussion) and Josh Barrett (hand) were the only players not spotted in shorts and shells at practice on the lower grass field. 

FOXBORO -- Patriots nose tackle Albert Haynesworth said Wednesday he's feeling "OK" about his progress in his first five weeks with the team as he battling through back ailments. But he admitted, he still has a ways to go before fulfilling the expectations of his teammates and the team officials who brought him to New England in a late-July trade with the Redskins. 

Through the first five games of the season, the Patriots have been able to hold some very good tight ends in check:

Miami’s Anthony Fasano: five catches, 82 yards.

The Patriots re-signed tight Dan Gronkowski Tuesday. Gronkowski, 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, was originally signed by the Patriots on September 7 and played in the first two games before being released on September 23. He is a veteran of two NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions (2009) and the Denver Broncos (2010). Gronkowski originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick (255th overall) of Detroit in 2009 out of Maryland. He was traded by Detroit to Denver on Sept. 4, 2010. He was released by Denver on Sept. 3.

Following distribution of a CBS screen grab from Sunday's Patriots-Jets game that shows a credentialed Jets employee with a camera on the sideline, the team explained that the employee works for Jets TV filming for team programming. The Patriots also use video on the sideline for shows such as "Patriots All Access."

The NFL tightened up its rule against teams videotaping from the sideline following the Patriots "Spygate" controversy in 2007.

Report Card time, and I have no idea if Wes Welker is the best wide receiver in the NFL. 



The Patriots are set to re-sign tight end Dan Gronkowski, according to the Boston Herald. The brother of New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, he played in two games with the Patriots earlier this season before being released on Sept. 23. The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder is known more as a blocker -- in his 16 games in the NFL, the 26-year-old has caught just nine passes.

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