Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show early Friday morning for his weekly appearance and spent much of the conversation discussing the head-hits controversy. Mayo said the team watched the league's video on how to avoid such hits.


"We have seen it," he said. "We didn't really learn anything new. We knew not to launch, not to lead with your head, things like that."


FOXBORO — Nine years ago this month, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posted the first comeback win of his professional career against the San Diego Chargers, leading

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Chargers Practice Report for Thursday
Did Not Participate

WR Buster Davis (ribs)
LB Larry English (foot)
WR Malcolm Floyd (hamstring)
TE Antonio Gates (toe)
K Nate Kaeding (groin)
WR Legedu Naanee (hamstring)

Full Participation
RB Ryan Mathews (ankle)

Patriots Injury Report
Did Not Participate

RB Fred Taylor (toe)
S Jarrad Page (calf)

Limited Participation
CB Kyle Arrington (groin)
WR Julian Edelman (head)

Full Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)
S James Sanders (hamstring)

ESPN's NFL analyst Marcellus Wiley, a former defensive end who played 10 NFL seasons for four different teams, joined the Dale & Holley Show on Thursday afternoon to discuss the league's new policy on hits. Wiley described the league's reaction to Sunday's games as 'brash.' He pointed out that the NFL has known for years that there is better equipment out there on the market to protect players and that they should also enforce that every player wear a mouth piece.

FOXBORO -- Julian Edelman returned to practice on Thursday as the Patriots worked out in full pads on the upper practice fields in preparation for the San Diego Chargers this weekend in Southern California. Edelman missed Wednesday after suffering a concussion on Sunday. 


Running back Fred Taylor (toe) and safety Jarrad Page (calf) were the only two players missing from the open portion of Patriots practice.


Taylor has missed the last two games since injuring a toe during the game against Buffalo on Sept. 26 at Gillette Stadium. 

FOXBORO -- The NFL has distributed videos to each team about what will be allowed and what will be subject to a new set of penalties designed to decrease the number of helmet-to-helmet hits around the league. 


The Patriots safety, who teams with Brandon Meriweather in various defensive packages, said the new rules and penalties for head shots won't change the way he plays the game since Chung believes they are already being coached the proper and legal way to deliver a hit.. 


NFL commissioner Roger Goodell joined the Dennis & Callahan Show Thursday morning to discuss a variety of topics, most notably the league’s approach toward disciplining players for illegal hits. Goodell was in Boston Wednesday night to be honored by the Sports Legacy Institute, and is in the midst of a week where the NFL has fined three players (including Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather) a total of $175,000 for illegal hits levied during last weekend’s games.

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs fired back at Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Wednesday, saying Brady “whines” a lot. Suggs also promised to get the “last laugh” on Brady, and poked fun about the protection the quarterback has received in the wake of the creation of the “Brady Rule.”