FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan owns a 3-2 head-to-head coaching record against Bill Belichick, but Ryan elected to take a modest approach when asked during his press conference Wednesday if he thinks Sunday's game between the Jets and Patriots will come down to coaching.

FOXBORO -- Jerod Mayo, Julian Edelman and Danny Woodhead were among the seven Patriots players who did not participate in practice on Wednesday. Mayo is reportedly out indefinitely with a sprained MCL in his left knee while Edelman and Woodhead sustained ankle injuries in Sunday's win over the Raiders. In one bit of good news, Taylor Price, who had missed time recently with a hamstring injury, was not on the injury report and was at practice. Here’s the complete Wednesday injury report for the Patriots.

FOXBORO -- The man who caught the game-winning catch against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII still can't believe his good fortune that led to one of the most dramatic catches in Super Bowl history. On Sunday, Plaxico Burress - now with the Jets - faces the Patriots for the first time since the catch the crushed New England's sports psyche and ended the Patriots' dreams of becoming the first 19-0 team in NFL history. 

FOXBORO -- If Bill Belichick had interest in the offseason in Plaxico Burress, as the Patriots coach indicated in Tuesday's conference call, the star receiver said Wednesday in a conference call with Patriots media that he never heard from the coach.  

"I never heard from them," Burress said. "Well, my agent and myself never heard from him, personally. Maybe he did do some research or look at some tape or what have you, but I never heard from him personally." 

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.