FOXBORO -- Patriots personnel director Nick Caserio said Wednesday that second-year linebacker Brandon Spikes is in Foxboro with the team, attending meetings and working toward a return to the practice field. 

"Brandon is no different than any other player. He's working hard, he's trying to get back out there on the field and when he's ready to practice, he'll be out there," Caserio said of Spikes, who has not practiced since Aug. 5 with a sore ankle. 

FOXBORO — It’s not easy being the new kid on the block, especially when you're a wide receiver trying to learn the Patriots’ offense.

FOXBORO -- One day after pleading out his simple assault case in Washington, D.C., star defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth returned to full Patriots practice in pads on Tuesday outside Gillette Stadium. It marks the first time since Aug. 4 that Haynesworth has been in pads and officially part of practice. He attended but just watched a walk-through on Saturday. 

Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday, and discussed Albert Haynesworth, the Jets-Patriots rivalry and Chad Ochocinco. Lombardi was asked if Ochocinco will turn out to be a good fit in the New England offense.

FOXBORO — It’s a different defense this season.

FOXBORO — Even though the calendar says August, the Patriots are starting to move into regular-season mode.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show as part of Patriots Monday at Gillette Stadium on Monday. In talking with Glenn Ordway, Michael Holley and Tedy Bruschi, Belichick discussed the status of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. The former Titan and Redskin was not in Foxboro Monday due to a simple assault hearing in Washington D.C. and has missed several consecutive practices due to injury. Belichick said that Haynesworth, who is considered day-to-day, could possibly play in Saturday's preseason game vs. the Lions.

Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork joined The Big Show for Patriots Monday at Gillette Stadium, and declined to expand upon a Yahoo! Sports report that he accepted $50,000 from booster Nevin Shapiro while attending the University of Miami.

"I commented about it, and I'm done with that," Wilfork, who later added he couldn't remember when he first learned the story was going to be reported, said . "That's all I'm going to say about it. I've moved forward from that day. I'm looking forward to Detroit, and that's where I'm at right now."

Patriots defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth pleaded no contest on Monday to simple assault in connection to an alleged incident at W Hotel in the nation's capital. As a result, the 30-year-old former Redskins tackle will serve 160 hours of community service. It was while with the Redskins that Haynesworth signed a seven-year, $100 million contract before being traded this summer to New England. 

FOXBORO -- Rookie cornerback Ras-I Dowling and wide receiver Taylor Price returned to practice today as the Patriots worked out in full pads. Dowling had been out since Aug. 3 while Price was banged up during the preseason opener against the Jaguars on Aug. 11. Joining Dowling and Price in full pads were Julian Edelman, Brandon Tate and James Sanders.