Patriots running back Fred Taylor joined the Dale & Holley show Friday morning and pronounced himself ready to go on Monday night vs. the Jets, although he said the final decision is up to the team.

 

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about Monday's showdown between the Patriots and Jets. "There's a good reason that everybody is fired up about this game," he said. "It's going to be tremendous. … This may be the highest-rated sporting event in cable TV history."

 

The Patriots have claimed running back Thomas Clayton on waivers for a second go-round in New England, according to ESPN. Clayton, who was with the Patriots in the preseason and for the first two months of the 2010 season before he was cut, is a 5-foot-11, 225-pounder who was drafted by San Francisco in the sixth round of the 2007 draft out of Kansas State. He's played for the 49ers, Patriots and Browns, and had zero rushing yards in two games with Cleveland this season before he was waived by the Browns on Wednesday.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes met with the media following practice on Thursday and was asked about the Patriots secondary, specifically rookie Devin McCourty.

 

"If I could really speak my mind I would," said Holmes. "But off the strength of me being a professional I'll just say that I don't worry about those guys. We have to worry about what we do here; I don't care who they line up on the other side of the ball. It's our job to get the job done."

 

The Patriots worked out linebacker Alex Hall, defensive back Chevis Jackson and defensive end Eric Moore Thursday, according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network. The 25-year-old Hall is a 6-foot-5, 250-pounder out of St. Augustine who spent the last two years with Cleveland, finishing the 2008 season with 26 tackles. Jackson, 24, is a 5-foot-11, 193-pound cornerback who went to LSU and has played for both Atlanta and Jacksonville. His best season was 2008 when he had a pair of interceptions for the Falcons.

FOXBORO — The Jets had just one player — offensive lineman Damien Woody — miss practice on Thursday. Here's a look at the full injury report:

Did Not Participate in Practice
T Damien Woody (knee)

Limited Participation in Practice
CB Marquice Cole (hamstring)
WR Jerricho Cotchery (groin)
DE Shaun Ellis (knee)
CB Dwight Lowery (concussion)

Full Participation in Practice
CB Drew Coleman (groin)
LB David Harris (calf)

FOXBORO — The Patriots had three players who did not participate in practice on Thursday, and a fourth — quarterback Tom Brady — who was limited. Here's a look at the full injury report:

Out
G Stephen Neal (shoulder, placed on IR)

Did Not Participate in Practice
DE Myron Pryor (back)
CB Jonathan Wilhite (hip)
DE Mike Wright (neck, concussion)

Limited Participation in Practice
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder, foot)

FOXBORO — The Patriots have announced that they have placed guard Stephen Neal on season-ending injured reserve because of a shoulder injury. The veteran offensive lineman, who has been with New England since 2001 and is one of the last links to the Super Bowl XXXVI team, has been hampered by the shoulder problem for the bulk of the season. A 34-year-old out of Cal-State Bakersfield, Neal became a full-time starter in 2004, primarily at right guard. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Rex Ryan was asked about Danny Woodhead during his press conference following Jets practice on Thursday. Woodhead was released by the Jets on September 14 and signed by the Patriots four days later. The running back has played a vital role in the Patriots offense, averaging 5.4 yards per carry in his 64 attempts while catching 24 passes.

 

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady returned to Patriots practice on Thursday on the upper fields outside Gillette Stadium after getting Tuesday off. The team was off on Wednesday. 

 

CB Jonathan Wilhite (hip), OL Stephen Neal (shoulder), DL Myron Pryor (back) and DL Mike Wright (neck/concussion) were the four players not spotted at the open portion of practice. The team worked out on the upper fields in full pads.