Tom Brady is trying some new things at the age of 37. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)FOXBORO -- Tom Brady has had a change of heart.



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Chris Jones

FOXBORO — When Chris Jones blocked Nick Folk’s game-winning field goal attempt last Thursday night, it was the Patriots’ second blocked field goal of the season and now both of those blocked kicks have led to AFC Player of the Week honors as he was named the AFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 7 on Wednesday.

This comes after Chandler Jones was named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week when he blocked a field goal and returned it for a touchdown in Week 2 against Minnesota.

“€œI wasn’€™t the only guy in the middle pushing. I just happened to be the one that got my hand up there to block the field goal,” Chris said. “It’€™s an honor to win it, I guess.”

The team works on it on a daily basis and with two blocked kicks it’s been paying off.

“We work on it almost everyday, actually,” Chris said. “We try and work on every phase of the game and we actually worked on it a little bit today.”

With Chandler being reportedly sidelined for about a month with a hip injury, others will need to step in and back an impact on the defensive line.

“We have guys that are stepping up,” Chris said. “This week we have Dominique Easley and Zach Moore — we have those guys stepping up this week and they are doing really well for us.”€

“They stepped in and they do their job really well for us,” he added. “They work really hard in practice and watching film. They know their stuff and they do really good things for us.”

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price detail how the New England Patriots will overcome injuries to Jerod Mayo and Chandler Jones to come up with a defensive game plan for Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

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Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO — The Patriots offensive line appears to be getting closer to being back to full strength.

FOXBORO — The Patriots offensive line appears to be getting closer to being back to full strength.

After not practicing at all last week prior to missing the game with the Jets, offensive lineman Bryan Stork and Dan Connolly both returned to practice on Wednesday for a second straight day, although on a limited basis — both were dealing with concussions.

Also on the offensive line, Cameron Fleming (finger) returned to practice for the first time this week since suffering the injury in the Kansas City game. (It should be noted the Patriots practiced on Tuesday where all three players were present, but the team wasn’t required to put out a practice report)

As expected, Chandler Jones (hip) was the only player to miss practice and Darrelle Revis did not appear on the injury report after missing Tuesday’s practice. It’s been reported he was sent home for being late to the facility.

Here is the full injury report:

Did not participate

DE Chandler Jones

Limited participation

OL Dan Connolly (concussion)
DL Dominique Easley (shoulder/knee)
DB Nate Ebener (finger)
OL Cameron Fleming (finger)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)
OL Bryan Stork (concussion)

Full participation

QB Tom Brady (ankle)
CB Brandon Browner (ankle)
LB Jamie Collins (thigh)
LB Dont’a Hightower (knee)
S Devin McCourty (rib)

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Ryan Hannable

Bill Belichick sent Darrelle Revis home from the facility on Tuesday because he was late, according to a report from the Bos

Bill Belichick sent Darrelle Revis home from the facility on Tuesday because he was late, according to a report in the Boston Globe.

Asked Wednesday about missing practice on Tuesday, Revis did not elaborate.

“[That's] between me and coach,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “Talk to him about it.”

In his first season with the Patriots, the 29-year-old Revis has one interception and 23 tackles.

“Having Darrelle here, I’€™ve really been impressed with his professionalism, how serious and businesslike he is in terms of his preparation and studying of games, of what we do and what our opponents do,” Belichick said Wednesday when asked about Revis.

“A hard-working guy that’€™s spent a lot of extra time in trying to do his job the very best he can do it,” added Belichick. “I have a lot of respect for how he’€™s gone about that. those are the things you just don’€™t see when a players with another team ‘€” not the  same kind of day-to-day appreciation that I’€™ve had the opportunity to have this year. he’€™s played well for us. I’€™m glad we have him.”

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Christopher Price

FOXBORO — Darrelle Revis and Brandon Marshall have a history together, but it sounds like that’s all in the past.

Darrelle Revis will square off against Brandon Marshall Sunday. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis will square off against Brandon Marshall Sunday. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Darrelle Revis and Brandon Marshall have a history together, but it sounds like that’s all in the past.

Revis and Marshall went after each other on several occasions when Revis was with the Jets and Marshall was with the Dolphins, a series of clashes that culminated with Marshall saying Revis received the benefit of the call because he’s a star player.

“My technique could have been better, but at the same time, I think they gave him ‘€˜The Jordan Rule,’€™’€ said Marshall after Revis picked off a pass for Marshall and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown in a 2011 game between New York and Miami. “You get a little close to Michael Jordan, they going to call a foul. It works that way in football. Some guys, they’€™re scared to throw the flag. . . . He may be getting that rule.”

On Wednesday, Revis seemed to indicate that whatever beef the two have had has since been extinguished.

“Great receiver, man. This week, we have our hands full in two big receivers in him and [Alshon] Jeffery. We’re looking forward to it — I’m sure he is too, ” Revis said when he was asked about Marshall. “I know Brandon personally. It’s football, man. We compete … that’s what we do for a living. We had our battles in the past. It’s great, man. This week is going to be great.

“He’s smart and he’s big. probably about 6-foot-4 or something. Very physical at the line. A possession type receiver who can go deep as well and run after catches — he’s taken hitches 60, 70, 80 yards. Like I said, we know what type of players they are. We respect them a lot. We know how explosive they are in the passing game, and we have to be able to stop that.”

Revis said that the directive of the secondary doesn’t necessarily change because defensive end Chandler Jones will be gone for roughly a month because of injury.

“No,” he said. “We know Chandler is our best pass rusher. Like I said, the next guy has to step up. We all have to step our play up, all across the board. We have to play tighter coverage.”

“That’s what we need to do as a whole. We have to continue to play consistent ball and do what we do best — that’s just create turnovers and get the ball back to our offense,” he added.

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Christopher Price

FOXBORO — Tom Brady has never been mistaken for Walter Payton, Barry Sanders or Johnny Manziel.