FOXBORO -- Safety James Sanders joined running back Fred Taylor on the Patriots' injury report on Thursday as he was limited with a hamstring injury. Taylor was again the only player to miss Patriots practice with a toe injury. The team continued its preparations for the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday at Gillette Stadium with a longer-than-usual practice in shells and shorts on the upper practice fields outside Gillette. 

 

Patriots Injury Report for Thursday:

Did Not Practice

RB Fred Taylor (toe) 

FOXBORO -- Running back Fred Taylor was once again not at the open portion of Patriots practice on Thursday as the team continues to prepare for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. 

 

Taylor has not practiced the last several weeks since injuring his toe in the team's last home game - against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 26. The team practiced in shorts and shells on the upper practice fields outside Gillette. 

 

NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger joined Dale & Holley to talk about the Patriots matchup with the Ravens this Sunday and what the loss of Randy Moss will mean to New England's offense. "The thing about Randy, obviously, is his reputation was the deep ball threat," Baldinger said. "It was real. Brandon Tate and Deion Branch and Julian Edelman and Wes Welker, the group that they have there, no one gives them that presence. The fear factor is gone from that offense."

 

On his regularly scheduled appearance on The Dennis & Callahan Show, FoxSports analyst Brian Billick predicted that the absence of Randy Moss will make things appreciably more challenging for Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Wes Welker.

 

Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins will report by Nov. 16, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Mankins, a restricted free agent who has been sitting out since the start of spring practices because he's upset about his contract situation, will report on recommendation from the National Football League Players Association, according to several sources. Mortensen says Mankins will report to the Patriots to earn an accrued season and secure unrestricted free agency in 2011.

The Baltimore Ravens may be 4-1 and leading the AFC North but they are also very banged up as they enter Sunday's showdown with the 3-1 Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Three players have already been ruled out of Sunday's game with five others sitting out practice on Wednesday. 

 

Ravens Injury Report for Wednesday:

OUT

T Jared Gaither (back)

LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder)

WR Donte Stallworth (foot)

 

Did Not Practice

LB Paul Kruger (knee)

FOXBORO - Fred Taylor (toe) was not on the field at the media portion of practice Wednesday. The running back has not played since the Patriots' Week 3 win over the Bills. Taylor was the only player not spotted on the field at the beginning of practice.

 

Patriots Injury Report for Wednesday:

Did Not Practice

RB Fred Taylor (toe) 

 

Full Participation

QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)

CB Terrence Wheatley (foot)

 

FOXBORO - Bill Belichick met with the media on Wednesday and praised Sunday's opponent, calling the Ravens "a complete football team." Perhaps his highest praise, however, came for Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis, who is still performing at an All-Pro level in his 15th NFL season. Belichick was asked what has been the key his success.

 

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady, sporting a Michigan State T-shirt after losing a bet to teammate Brian Hoyer, made it clear on Wednesday that he's tired of talking about Randy Moss.

 

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