Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs told the Baltimore Sun on Thursday that he feels that Drew Brees -- not Tom Brady or Peyton Manning -- is the best quarterback in the NFL.

 

“Well, in my eyes he’s better," said Suggs when asked if facing Brees is similar to facing Brady or Manning. "Maybe it could be my personal vendetta against the other guys, but he’s definitely one of the premier quarterbacks in this league, and he’s got the numbers to prove it. And not only that, he’s got the hardware to prove it.”

FOXBORO — The Packers are taking no chances with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that Rodgers didn’



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The same day that the Jets suspended strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi indefinitely after the team got “new information” that Alosi “instructed” five players to stand in a wall before he tripped a Dolphins player on Sunday, New York special teams coach Mike Westhoff hinted that the Patriots engage in many of the same tactics.

Appearing on the Waddle & Silvy Show on ESPN 1000 in Chicago, Westhoff said “a number of teams do it,” including “a pretty good team up north.”

FOXBORO — Quarterback Tom Brady, cornerback Devin McCourty and defensive linemen Myron Pryor, Gerard Warren, Mike Wright and Ron Brace all did not practice for the Patriots on a chilly Wednesday. Here's the complete injury report as issued by the team:

Did Not Practice
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
DL Myron Pryor (back)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)
DL Ron Brace (head)
CB Devin McCourty (rib)
DL Gerard Warren (knee)

Limited Participation
WR Deion Branch (knee)

FOXBORO -- The player who hit Tom Brady - forcing the ball loose during the legendary "Tuck Rule" game in the 2001 AFC Divisional Playoff - believes the Patriots quarterback "stole" his chance at a Super Bowl ring. Charles Woodson will be returning to Foxboro Sunday night for just the second time since that classic game and for the first time as a member of the Green Bay Packers. 

 

During his conference call with the New England media, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that he believes there's only a "slim chance" starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers will practice this week after sustaining a concussion in Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Lions in Detroit. 

 

"Aaron Rodgers did not practice today," McCarthy said. "He won't [Thursday] and there's a slim chance Friday. He's going through all the tests right now. We'll probably make a decision on Saturday if he's cleared."

 

FOXBORO -- The Patriots made room for their newest defensive lineman on Wednesday by placing cornerback Jonathan Wilhite on season-ending injured reserve. Louis Leonard is expected to be with the team this week for practice. 

 

At 6-4 and 325 pounds, Leonard is in his fourth NFL season after playing with the Rams (2007), Browns (2007-08) and Panthers (2009-10). He originally joined the NFL as a rookie free agent with the San Diego Chargers in 2007 out of Fresno State.

 

ESPN analyst and former NFL standout Cris Carter joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Wednesday morning to talk about the Patriots and further explain his critical comments about wide receiver Deion Branch.

 

In an interview on The Big Show recently, Carter said Branch "disappears" against regular cornerbacks. Asked if he still felt that way considering how well Branch has performed since rejoining the Patriots, Carter clarified his analysis as being of Branch's career, and it includes the fact that Branch has struggled with injuries.

The Patriots have reached a deal with free agent defensive tackle Louis Leonard, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. Leonard, 26, is a Fresno State product who is 6-foot-4, 330 pounds. He was an undrafted free agent in 2007 who has also played for San Diego, St. Louis, Cleveland and Carolina. His best season came in 2008 when he played in all 16 games with the Browns and finished with 25 total tackles. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.