FOXBORO -- Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo has been informed by the NFL he will be fined for at least one of the several huge hits he laid on the Bills during Sunday's 34-3 rout of Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium, according to the Boston Herald.


FOXBORO -- The Patriots fielded a fairly healthy squad for the start of practice on Thursday outside Gillette Stadium. Only offensive lineman Dan Connolly and interior defensive linemen Ron Brace and Mike Wright were missing from practice on the lower practice field.


Connolly and Wright are both dealing with the effects of concussions while Brace is nursing an elbow injury.


FOXBORO -- Despite suffering a severe injury to his left knee in the 2009 season finale, Wes Welker says he has no intention of sitting out to avoid another similar situation this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. 


Strange times over here at the mailbag. I'm still battling back from a root canal on Monday, which was pretty much the worst two and a half hours of my life that didn't involve characters speaking the Na'vi language. 



FOXBORO -- Despite earning his third Pro Bowl berth on Tuesday night, Logan Mankins says he's not trying to prove a point by playing extra hard this season. 


Four players missed Dolphins practice as the team prepares to head north for Sunday's season finale against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The complete Dolphins injury report from Wednesday:


Did Not Participate

CB Nolan Carroll (head)

LB Karlos Dansby (toe)

TE Anthony Fasano (knee)

TE Lydon Murtha (head)


FOXBORO — Tom Brady practiced Wednesday but was limited as were Deion Branch, Jermaine Cunningham, Aaron Hernandez and Myron Pryor. Tully Banta-Cain was out with the flu and Ron Brace missed practice with an elbow injury.


The complete injury report from Wednesday:

Did Not Participate

LB Tully Banta-Cain (flu)

DL Mike Wright (concussion)

G Dan Connolly (concussion)

DL Ron Brace (elbow)


Limited Participation

QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)

FOXBORO -- Wes Welker was selected by his Patriots teammates as the recipient of the 2010 Ed Block Courage Award, annually voted to the player who best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship while also serving as a source of inspiration.


FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was on hand for Wednesday's long form walk-through indoors at the Dana Farber Field House as the team began preparations for the Miami Dolphins in the regular season finale this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. It marked the first time in three weeks Brady took part in the mid-week practice, having been excused from the previous two for rest and the flu. 


It turns out boisterous Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs did have a fond place in his heart for Tom Brady after all - or at least his teammates got through to him. One week after he told Yahoo's Michael Silver that he voted for Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Ryan Fitzpatrick - and not Brady - on his player's Pro Bowl ballot, Suggs admitted the Ravens linebacker corps convinced him voting Brady was the right thing to do.