Former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe joined Dennis & Callahan Friday morning to talk about his time in New England, his induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame and what life his life is like after football.

FOXBORO -- In an ongoing shuffling of their practice squad, the Patriots Friday announced that they have signed offensive lineman Nick McDonald back to the squad while releasing receiver Kerry Taylor. 

McDonald was released on Thursday so the Pats could sign offensive lineman Thomas Welch back to the practice squad. Welch was activated Monday night when starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer couldn't go. Meanwhile, the team continues to try to build depth on the line with starting center Dan Koppen likely out 6-10 weeks with a broken bone in his left ankle. 

Troy Brown wasn’t surprised when he heard Tedy Bruschi go after Chad Ochocinco this week.



FOXBORO -- Right cornerback Leigh Bodden was back at practice on Thursday but limited in participation with a lingering back injury. Meanwhile, defensive lineman Mike Wright, who missed seven games last season with a concussion, was listed again on the Patriots injury report Thursday with another concussion, presumably sustained in the regular season opener against the Dolphins on Monday night. Dan Koppen joined Wright on the sidelines again on Thursday. Here is the complete report:

OUT
C Dan Koppen (fibula)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)

FOXBORO -- Center Dan Koppen and defensive lineman Mike Wright were the only two players to miss the start of Patriots practice on Thursday as the team practiced in shorts and shells on the lower grass field. Koppen was listed Wednesday with a fibula injury while Wright was out with a concussion.

Right cornerback Leigh Bodden returned on Thursday after missing Wednesday with a bad back.

FOXBORO -- In a continuing revolving door of offensive lineman, the Patriots welcomed back Thomas Welch on Thursday, just two days after released him to make room for Donald Thomas. The Patriots announced they have signed Welch back to the practice squad, and he takes the place of offensive lineman Nick McDonald, who was released. 

Mailbag Time and let's start with this preface:



KIRK MINIHANE

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FOXBORO -- Tom Brady wants to hear some noise on Sunday, Patriots fans.

“Yeah, start drinking early,” Brady said with a smile on Wednesday morning. “It’s a 4:15 (p.m.) game. They have a lot of time to get lubed up, come out here and cheer for the home team.”

Shameless Patriots fanboy that I am, I have a Pats postgame routine that I follow. When they win a game, particularly when they win big the way they did Monday night in Miami, I stick around afterward and watch as much of the wrap-up and analysis as I possibly can.



FOXBORO -- Defensive lineman Mike Wright, who missed seven games last season with a concussion, was listed on the Patriots Wednesday injury report with an apparent recurrence of the injury, presumably suffered in the regular season opener against the Dolphins. Leigh Bodden and Dan Koppen joined Wright on the sidelines for Wednesday's report. Here's the rest of the information:

OUT
CB Leigh Bodden (back)
C Dan Koppen (fibula)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION