When it comes to the injury report, the Lions added two players to the "Did Not Participate" group on Tuesday, with defensive ends Kyle Vanden Bosch (knee) and Lawrence Jackson (concussion) both sidelined. They did, however, move running back Jahvid Best from "Did Not Participate" to "Limited Participation." Here's the complete injury report:

Did Not Participate
K Jason Hanson (right knee)
DE Lawrence Jackson (concussion)
TE Tony Scheffler (ribs)
QB Matthew Stafford (right shoulder)

FOXBORO — Quarterback Tom Brady was one of four Patriots players who did not participate in practice today — he was listed on the Tuesday injury report with "right shoulder/foot," which left him limited on Monday. Here's the complete injury report:

Did Not Participate
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
G Stephen Neal (shoulder)
CB Jonathan Wilhite (hip)
DL Mike Wright (neck/concussion)

Limited Participation
S Jarrad Page (calf)
NT Myron Pryor (back)

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was not at the open portion of practice on Tuesday afternoon inside the Dana Farber Field House as the Patriots wrap-up preparations for the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving afternoon at Ford Field. 

 

Also missing were right guard cornerback Jonathan Wilhite (hip), Stephen Neal (shoulder) and Mike Wright (neck). The team practiced in sweats and shells. The Patriots did get one player back at practice as defensive lineman Myron Pryor returned after missing the last two games with a bad back.

 

FOXBORO -- Despite coming off impressive back-to-back wins against Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, Tom Brady said Tuesday that the Patriots have yet to come close to the team they hope to be in the final weeks of the 2010 season. 

 

"Football season hasn't even started yet, I keep telling you guys," Brady said to the media horde surrounding his locker. "We're not even half the team that hopefully we'll be in the next five-to-six weeks."

 

Five players did not participate in practice for the Lions on Monday, including running back Jahvid Best and quarterback Matthew Stafford. Here's the complete injury report:

Did Not Participate
RB Jahvid Best (toe)
K Jason Hanson (right knee)
TE Tony Scheffler (ribs)
QB Matthew Stafford (right shoulder)
DT Corey Williams (shoulder)

Limited Participation
DE Cliff Avril (quadricep)
LB Isaiah Ekejiuba (knee)
G Dylan Gandy (calf)

FOXBORO — Defensive lineman Mike Wright, who suffered a concussion on Sunday against the Colts, was the only player who did not practice Monday for the Patriots. In addition, quarterback Tom Brady was listed as having "limited participation" with a right shoulder/foot problem, one of six players who were limited. Here's the complete injury report:

Did Not Participate
DL Mike Wright (neck/concussion)

Limited Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
G Stephen Neal (shoulder)

Report Card time and I'm still not sure what he would have done.



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Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show to discuss his team's victory over the Colts on Sunday, as well as the challenges of the upcoming game in Detroit on Thursday.

 

Asked whether his defense needed to rely on big plays at this point or if it was possibility that the Patriots could do a better and more consistent job of shutting down opposing offenses, Belichick suggested that there is basis for optimism with the group but grounds for improvement.

 

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning for his weekly visit as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday. Brady said he understands the Patriots made plenty of mistakes in their 31-28 victory over the Colts, but the end result is the key. "I've been around long enough to know that a win is a win is a win," he said.

 

Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather stopped by for his weekly chat with the Dale & Holley show Monday at Gillette Stadium as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday, one day after a 31-28 victory over the Colts. Meriweather said credit goes to the scout team and the coaching staff for having the defense ready to face Peyton Manning and the potent Colts offense.