There are only three absolutes in life: Death, taxes and the Patriots sucking in Tampa Bay in the preseason.
  



MICHAEL FELGER

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MICHAEL FELGER

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FOXBORO -- Safety Patrick Chung and linebackers Dane Fletcher and Brandon Spikes were among those missing at the start of Patriots practice on Wednesday as the team began on-field preparations for the Jets this Sunday night at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

The Patriots will be without safety Patrick Chung again on Sunday, missing his second straight game with a sore knee. Chung injured the knee in the first half against San Diego two weeks ago. 

 

Also inactive for the Patriots are OL Rich Ohrnberger, DL Kyle Love, S Jarrad Page, RB Fred Taylor WR Taylor Price and C Ryan Wendell. Left guard Logan Mankins is active for the game, five days after ending his contract dispute with the Patriots and reporting to the team.

 

FOXBORO -- After allowing the Steelers to convert 10-of-16 chances in third down situations, one member of the Patriots embattled secondary promised Monday that the team's defense will be better. 

"It's a game of execution, a game of inches," said safety James Ihedigbo. "We didn't execute when we needed to. Ten-for-16 on third down, you have to correct that in this league to win. We'll wear it but we'll have a chip on our shoulder this week and we'll be ready to go."

FOXBORO -- Patriots rookie DB Josh Victorian has been re-signed to the practice squad two days after being released. To make room for him on the roster, the team released RB Eric Kettani from the practice squad.

Victorian, 5-feet-10, 190 pounds, went to training camp with Baltimore after signing with the Ravens as a rookie free agent out of Louisiana Tech. He was signed to the Patriots practice squad on Sept. 22 and then released from the practice squad on Wednesday.

 

BALTIMORE -- The brother of Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith was killed in a motorcycle crash early Sunday morning, and Smith has left the team hotel to be with his family. Reports indicate that Tevin Smith, Torrey's younger brother, was killed, and the team has left the decision as to whether or not to play Sunday night against the Patriots up to the receiver. However, according to ESPN, Smith has told Ravens coach John Harbaugh that he wants to play.

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will miss 1-2 weeks after suffering a sprained ACL during Sunday's victory over the Chargers, according to a report by The Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young.

Hernandez had seven receptions for 62 yards before leaving in the second half. He was seen walking with a limp after the game.

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According to a report from ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots placed wide receiver Wes Welker on the active/physically unable to perform list in a procedural move before the opening of training camp. Welker, recovering from surgery to repair his ACL and MCL he tore in the final game of the 2009 regular season, is eligible to be removed from the list at any time. The advantage to the team is that it frees up a roster spot. If Welker remains on the PUP list to start the regular season, he would not be eligible to return for six weeks.

 

According to a report from Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe, Patriots linebacker Tully-Banta Cain underwent surgery for an abdominal tear on Friday.

Banta-Cain had battled this injury last season, but according to the Young report had felt he made progress since the end of the season until it began bothering him again during recent workouts.