Veteran sports writer Jackie MacMullan made her weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Thursday to talk about the news of the day. MacMullan opened by discussing the inflammatory comments from Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie toward Tom Brady and questioned how a player with his checkered past could be so willing to question another man's class.

 

FOXBORO -- The Patriots nearly had perfect attendance at practice on Thursday as the team continued on-field preparations for the Jets Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. Only defensive lineman Myron Pryor (back injury) was missing from the workout in sweats and shells on the lower practice field. The field had been cleared following Wednesday's blizzard that hit New England. 

 

Former Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown checked in with the Dale & Holley show Thursday morning and weighed in on the controversy regarding the Jets' trash-talking leading up to Sunday's AFC semifinal game in Foxboro.

 

FOXBORO -- Vince Wilfork is expecting the Jets to try everything in their arsenal to keep the Patriots off-balance on Sunday in their AFC Divisional playoff at Gillette Stadium. 

 

"We've got to expect their best and we have to be prepared for everything," Wilfork said Thursday. "With it being a one-game season, we're liable to see anything, things we haven't seen, things we've seen. We kind of know what they like to do but on top of that, with it being a one-game season, you never know.

 

Merril Hoge of ESPN joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the Patriots-Jets playoff matchup.

 

Discussing the trash talk emanating from Jets camp and whether it will serve as motivation for the Patriots, Hoge said: "I do believe it matters. … From a personal experience, and having that being done on the other side of the field, you bet. You bet your backside it motivated me, even to a higher level. And it does make a difference, and it does factor in the game, without a question."

 

The Jets’ defense is known as a fast, aggressive, blitzing group. But in truth, the perception is different than reality, especially when it comes to facing the Patriots as of late.



FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – It's the not at all awaited return of the Jersey Four! Here are the four things you really, really need to know about the Jets following Wednesday's practice (while understanding that a third “really” would not have been professional):



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The Jets ruled offensive lineman Damien Woody out for Sunday's divisional playoff game against the Patriots with an achilles injury. Here's the rest of their injury report for Wednesday:

Out
T Damien Woody (achilles)

Did Not Participate in Practice
G Brandon Moore (back)
WR Brad Smith (groin)

Limited Participation in Practice
WR Santonio Holmes (quadricep)
S James Ihedigbo (knee, ankle)
CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Antonio Cromartie met with the media after Jets practice on Wednesday, a day after his obscenity-laced tirade against Tom Brady. The cornerback was asked if he had any regrets regarding the comments made to the New York Daily News.

 

"No. Why would I regret them?" asked Cromartie. "That's my opinion and how I feel about it. There's no reason for me to sit back and take anything I said about him back, and I'm not."

 

The Patriots had just one player miss practice on Wednesday — Myron Pryor — while six players were limited, including Aaron Hernandez, Deion Branch and Sebastian Vollmer. Check out the full report below:

Did Not Participate
DE Myron Pryor (back)

Limited Participation in Practice
LB Tully Banta-Cain (groin)
WR Deion Branch (knee)
DE Jermaine Cunningham (calf)
TE Aaron Hernandez (hip)
DE Eric Moore (hamstring)
T Sebastian Vollmer (shin)