FOXBORO -- Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker was back in the Patriots locker room but not at the start of practice Tuesday, as he spoke before practice about his neck injury from Saturday night in Detroit. Welker said he feels better than he did after he tackled Ricardo Silva and brought him to the ground after Silva's interception of Tom Brady late in the first half of the 34-10 loss to the Lions.

"I'm OK," Welker said. "They guy made a good play on the ball and I needed to make the tackle so I went in there and made the tackle, got him down."

FOXBORO -- On Tuesday, Chad Ochocinco wanted to reassure everyone in New England that he is making plenty of progress learning the Patriots offense and he'll be ready once the season begins on Sept. 12 in Miami.

FOXBORO -- The Patriots reached their 80-man roster limit on Tuesday with the release of linebacker Marques Murrell and wide receiver Jeremy Ross on Tuesday morning. They also announced the signing of long-snapper and former Jets special teamer James Dearth. 

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A question struck me while watching Leslie Visser on CBS during the Patriots-Lions on Saturday night (and no, it had nothing to do with Bruce Jenner):

In 2011, is there any value to having a sideline reporter as part of an NFL broadcast?



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Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on the Big Show on Monday and discussed the progress of Chad Ochocinco and the news that Belichick would be the subject of an NFL Films documentary in September. But Belichick was first asked about the 34-10 loss in Saturday's preseason game against the Lions. 

The Patriots have brought back safety and special teams specialist Ross Ventrone just hours after releasing James Sanders in what was apparently a cash-driven roster cut. The team also cut long snapper Matt Katula and fourth-year cornerback Jonathan Wilhite while signing wide receiver Tiquan Underwood.

Ndamukong Suh was a dominant force for the Lions in the 34-10 win over Patriots on Saturday night, and the defensive tackle shared his thoughts on the victory via Twitter and Facebook the following day. 

Running back Danny Woodhead joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday morning as part of WEEI’s Patriots Monday. Woodhead was drilled in Game 2 of the preseason but said there was never a question about being ready for Saturday’s game vs. the Lions.

“That was not even a little bit of a worry going into the game,” he said. “I was ready to go. I was obviously out there, so that wasn’t of any concern for me.”

Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to analyze the Patriots' performance in Saturday's 34-10 loss to the Lions.

"It's not a regular-season loss. It doesn't count in the standings," Brady said. "It identifies a lot of things we need to do better. And the game is certainly important, the preseason game. But we're glad that game didn't count toward the regular-season standing. We're going to go out there and have a good week this week and certainly play a lot better this [Thursday]."

If it’s Monday, it must be time for another edition of roster reset. This is the third shot at predicting who will make the Patriots’ 53-man roster.