FOXBORO -- A injury to Tom Brady's foot kept the quarterback out of practice on Wednesday, the first day of on-field preparations for the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night at Heinz Field. Meanwhile, running back Fred Taylor returned and was limited in practice on Wednesday after missing the last five games.

 

Patriots Injury Report for Wednesday:

Injured Reserve

K Stephen Gostkowski (thigh) OUT

 

Did Not Participate

QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)

FOXBORO -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was not spotted at the open portion of practice on Wednesday, the first day of on-field preparation for the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday night at Heinz Field. 

 

FOXBORO -- The Patriots may be getting back one of their most physical player at the best time as Fred Taylor said the ligament in his injured toe is feeling a lot better. 

 

"In this particular case, it was some tendons and ligaments and lot of other stuff. I guess that's the reason for me being out the time I was out," Taylor said Wednesday before practice. "I'm actually a lot better. So, I'm looking forward to just trying to improve, continue to improve and get back, whenever that is.

 

FOXBORO — The Patriots announced via their Twitter feed late Wednesday morning that they have placed kicker Stephen Gostkowski on season-ending injured reserve with a thigh injury. Gostkowski, a fourth-round pick of the Patriots in 2006, was injured last Sunday against the Browns. To take his place, New England will sign free agent kicker Shayne Graham. Graham is a 32-year-old who has kicked for Buffalo, Carolina, Cincinnati, Baltimore and the New York Giants.

Fox Sports NFL analyst Brian Billick joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about news from around the league.

 

Talking to the Boston Herald, Patriots' wide receiver Wes Welker said he is still struggling to completely trust his surgically-repaired knee.

 

League sources have told WEEI.com that the Patriots have signed long snapper Matt Katula to a two-year contract.

 

The 28-year-old Katula has played his entire career with the Baltimore Ravens. He was released by the Ravens in August after five years in Baltimore.

 

It has also been confirmed that Jake Ingram has been released. Ingram has struggled mightily in 2010, with two poor snaps vs. the Chargers and another last Sunday at Cleveland. Bill Belichick was asked earlier in the week about Ingram's problems against the Browns.

 

ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson joined Dale & Holley to give his take on the AFC and his thoughts on Randy Moss. Johnson believes that the positives far outweigh the negatives with Moss, as long as a team is prepared to live with what he can do and what he won't do.

 

The Patriots are set to sign kicker Shayne Graham, according to multiple media reports. Graham is a 32-year-old who has kicked for Buffalo, Carolina, Cincinnati, Baltimore and the New York Giants. He was 23-for-28 with the Bengals in 2009, and was most recently in New York, spending two days with the Giants when kicker Lawrence Tynes had an ankle injury. New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski was injured last Sunday against the Browns. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Former Patriots receiver Troy Brown joined Dale & Holley to talk about Tom Brady's trust issues with his young receivers and why this week will be a big test for the Pats to recover from their loss against the Browns. Brady has appeared to be more vocal with his receivers than he has in the past and Brown said that Brady, "wasn't that verbal with the guys back in the day."