FOXBORO -- The Patriots announced Wednesday they have signed offensive lineman Donald Thomas to the 53-man roster, while they also released offensive lineman Thomas Welch, signed tight end Garrett Mills and linebacker Jeff Tarpinian to the practice squad, and released linebacker Aaron Lavarias from the practice squad.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was selected as the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Patriots’ 38-24 victory over Miami on Monday Night Football, the NFL announced Wednesday. It is the 18th time in his career that he has received the AFC Offensive Player of the Week honor.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined the Dennis & Callahan show early Wednesday morning for his weekly conversation, two days after he threw for a career-high 517 yards in a 38-24 victory over the Dolphins.

Report Card time and it's the ol' written lap dance for the offense and a little bit of the red pen treatment for the defense. That's how it goes when you put up 688 yards of offense and give up 488 yards on defense (and yes, I know it's not quite that simple). 

To the card we go ...

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The Patriots got word on Tuesday that starting center Dan Koppen will be lost from six to 10 weeks with a small break in his left ankle, according to a report by the NFL Network's Albert Breer. 

Breer reported Tuesday night that Koppen, who was injured when Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby fell on him late in the second quarter, has a small crack in the ankle, along wtih a bad ankle sprain. Breer reports minor surgery is likely, with the possiblity that a screw will be needed to stabilize the ankle during rehabilitation. 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show Tuesday at Gillette Stadium, sharing his thoughts on the team's 38-24 victory over the Dolphins in Week 1 with Glenn Ordway, Michael Holley and Tedy Bruschi. 

Former Browns and Jets coach and current ESPN football analyst Eric Mangini joined Dennis & Callahan Tuesday morning. The former Patriots assistant discussed his relationship with his old boss, Bill Belichick, as well as what Mangini is perhaps most infamous for: instigating SpyGate.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The stadium was about half-full when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady dropped back to pass in the shadow of his own goalposts with just under six minutes the fourth quarter Monday night.



One man's running diary of the start of the Patriots 2011 season AND a new-found respect for ESPN. OK, maybe just the start of the Patriots season.



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Like his head coach moments earlier, Tom Brady said his record-setting night was a total team effort. Brady completed 32-of-48 passes for a team-record and career-high 517 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-24 win over the Dolphins on a hot, humid Monday night at Sun Life Stadium.