FOXBORO -- Tom Brady left no doubt that he intends to start and play in the season finale against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday at Gillette Stadium, despite the fact the Patriots have already wrapped up the No. 1 seed and home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

 

"That's the focus of what's really been the trademark of this team, is to always make improvements over the course of the season," Brady said. "I don't think we take weeks off, I don't think we take days off."

 

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday as part of WEEI's Patriots Friday. Joining guest hosts Eric Frede and Chris Price, Mayo talked about Sunday's regular-season finale against the Dolphins as the Patriots prepare to head into the playoffs with a bye week before hosting a conference semifinal.

 

"We're going out there with the mindset to win," Mayo said of Sunday. "We really don't want to head into the playoffs after a loss, so I think everybody that's healthy and able to play will play."

Adam Schefter of ESPN made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Calllahan show Friday morning with guest hosts Bob Ryan and Bob Neumeier to talk about the Patriots and news from the NFL.

 

FOXBORO — This weekend, BenJarvus Green-Ellis could become the unlikeliest 1,000-yard running back in the 50-year history of the Patriots.



The NFL has fined the Jets $100,000 for violating league rules in the tripping incident involving New York strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi, according to multiple reports.

FOXBORO — Brandon Meriweather’s fine for his two hits on Ravens tight end Todd Heap earlier this season has been reduced from $50,000 to $40,000, according to Judy Battista of The New York Times. Meriweather was hit with the penalty in the wake of his actions in the Oct. 17 game. In the days after the game, he issued an apology for the incident.

One man's Week 17 NFL picks …

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BALTIMORE (-9.5) over Cincinnati 



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The Dolphins had just three players miss practice on Thursday — linebacker Karlos Dansby, tight end Anthony Fasano and tight end Lydon Murtha. Here's their complete report:

Did Not Participate
LB Karlos Dansby (toe)
TE Anthony Fasano (knee)
TE Lydon Murtha (head)

Limited Participation
CB Nolan Carroll (head)

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FOXBORO — In addition to the three players who missed practice — Ron Brace, Dan Connolly and Mike Wright — the Patriots had six players who were limited, including quarterback Tom Brady. Here's the complete report:

Did Not Participate
DL Ron Brace (elbow)
G Dan Connolly (concussion)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)

Limited Participation
LB Tully Banta-Cain (groin)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
WR Deion Branch (knee)
LB Jermaine Cunningham (calf)

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.