Defensive linemen Geno Atkins and defensive end Jonathan Fanene are both expected to suit and play Sunday for the Bengals as they visit Gillette for a 1 p.m. season kickoff with the Patriots.


Bengals' Thursday injury report


Did Not Participate in Practice

CB Brandon Ghee (head) Doubtful

WR Andre Caldwell (groin) Questionable


Limited Participation in Practice

HB/FB Brian Leonard (foot) Questionable


FOXBORO -- Wide receiver Julian Edelman and running back Laurence Maroney are among those Patriots listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium in the 2010 season opener.


Patriots' Thursday injury report

Did Not Participate in Practice

OT Nick Kaczur (back) OUT

CB Terrence Wheatley (foot) OUT


Limited Participation in Practice

WR Julian Edelman (foot) Questionable

Patriots tackle Matt Light joined The Big Show on Friday to discuss the team's season-opener with the Bengals and the upcoming season. Asked about the sign of solidarity shown by Saints and Vikings prior to Thursday night's game in which they all held up one finger in support of the NFLPA, Light supported the sign, something the union had discussed prior, with a potential work stoppage looming following the season.


Running back Fred Taylor checked in with the Dale & Holley show Friday afternoon from the Patriots locker room. Taylor recounted what happened Thursday morning when news filtered in about Tom Brady's car accident. "Tom came in and he was still upbeat," Taylor said. "Guys were concerned, asking him, 'Hey, are you OK,' even, 'What did it feel like?' Just the shock of it all. To see him walking around, a smile on his face, the energy was still there, he was still positive — we went out there and had a productive day."


FOXBORO -- Tom Brady did not speak publicly Friday about his car accident on Thursday or his reported four-year, $72 million contract extension. But his coach did offer some gracious words for his Pro Bowl quarterback. 


"There's no quarterback I'd rather have than Tom Brady," Bill Belichick said. "He does a great job for us in all phases of the game. I think Tom, myself and all the rest of us are trying to get ready for Cincinnati." 


Sports Illustrated's Peter King joined the Dale & Holley show Friday to discuss Tom Brady's contract and other NFL news. King said the Patriots deserve praise for getting the Brady deal out of the way before the start of the season. "Whatever the feelings were on the part of Robert Kraft or on the part of Tom Brady, I give them credit, both of them, for not allowing this to be any sort of festering boil."


FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was back at practice on Friday for a second straight day as the Patriots worked out in shorts and shells on the main Gillette Stadium field.


Only CB Terrence Wheatley [foot], OL Nick Kaczur [back] and Quinn Ojinnaka [suspension] were missing from practice. 


The Patriots are preparing for the Cincinnati Bengals at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. 


FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick announced Friday morning the selection of four player captains for the 2010 season, led by the newly extended Tom Brady. 


Also voted by players as captains were Kevin Faulk, Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo. 


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Patriots lineman Stephen Neal joined the Dale & Holley show Friday morning as the team prepares for Sunday's season-opener against the Bengals. Neal said Tom Brady's car accident Thursday morning isn't a problem for the Patriots. "I didn't think too much of it," Neal said. "We just started our preparation for the Bengals. We've got a tough task at hand. … I don't think it was a distraction at all."


ESPN's Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan Friday morning to talk about all the contract issues surrounding the Patriots, and he is not optimistic about the chances of Logan Mankins playing for the Pats this season. "I don't like the way this is going," Schefter said. "I don't like the way it has gone. You never know. Something could happen to change the tenor of the talks and the direction of the negotiation, but right now it's ugly. Right now, I'd say no. I don't think he's playing there. My guess today is, I don't like the way this is going.