FOXBORO -- All three questionable players on the Patriots injury list have been placed on the inactive list tonight and will not play against the Jets. 

 

Mike Wright (neck/concussion), Myron Pryor (back) and Jonathan Wilhite (hip) will miss the game as will RB Thomas Clayton, OL Mark LeVoir, DE Eric Moore, OL Rich Ohrnberger and WR Taylor Price. Wright is missing his second straight game while Pryor - injured against the Browns on Nov. 7 - will miss his fourth straight game.

 

Former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was fired by the Broncos Monday less than two seasons into his tenure as head coach. The team announced the decision via its Twitter feed. McDaniels won his first six games as Broncos coach, but the team went 2-8 to finish the 2009 season and was 3-9 this season culminating in a loss to the Chiefs, Sunday.

 

ESPN NFL analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who will be honored Monday night at halftime of the Patriots-Jets game, checked in with the Dale & Holley show Monday morning. Bruschi said the Patriots defense concerns him, although the big plays of the last few weeks have offered some hope.

 

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to dissect the Patriots-Jets showdown. "My sense is that the Patriots will win the game," he said. "It's not going to be an easy game, by any stretch of the imagination."

 

Here are 10 things worth keeping an eye on in Monday’s Patriots-Jets game:

WHEN THE PATRIOTS HAVE THE BALL



The loss of starting safety Jim Leonhard dominated the news out of Florham Park, N.J. on Friday as the Jets and he had surgery on his fractured right tibia on Friday night. Leonhard was placed on season-ended injured reserve. Tackle Damien Woody returned to practice after missing two practices with a knee injury and is questionable. CB Marquice Cole, WR Jerricho Cotchery and DE Shaun Ellis all returned to full participation in practice and are probable.

 

Jets practice report for Saturday:

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FOXBORO — The Patriots' injury report for Saturday remained unchanged for the third straight day as quarterback Tom Brady was still limited but is listed officially as probable for Monday night against the Jets. Brady hasn't fully participated in practice since Nov. 5, the Friday before the game in Cleveland. Three others, DL Mike Wright, DL Myron Pryor and CB Jonathan Wilhite did not participate. Saturday workout inside Dana Farber Field House was the final practice before Sunday's walk-through and Monday night's game.

 

FOXBORO — Deion Branch always wears a bright, genuine smile so it’s really hard to tell if he’s ever genuinely ticked off. Even after being told that Cris Carter thinks he’s ‘just a guy’ in the Patriots receiving game, Branch sounded like someone completely focused on Monday’s battle with the 9-2 Jets than getting into one with a retired receiver and current NFL analyst, who happens to be great friends with - and former Vikings teammate of - Randy Moss, now with the Titans.

 

FOXBORO -- Despite indication from coach Bill Belichick that injured defensive linemen Mike Wright and Myron Pryor were "doing better" this week, both were missing for a third straight day at Patriots practice inside a cold Dana Farber Field House. Also missing for a third straight practice was cornerback Jonathan Wilhite, who is nursing a sore hip. 

 

FOXBORO -- The leader of the NFL Players Association has advised players to save their last three game checks and prepare for a lockout next year, according to an Associated Press report on Saturday. 

 

The report adds that NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, in a letter to players, said that "an internal deadline" for a new collective bargaining agreement has passed and players would be well-advised to start saving their money now.