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

WHEN THE PATRIOTS HAVE THE BALL



While his teammate Nick Mangold took to Twitter to get a shot in at Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker and his foot metaphors, Jets linebacker Bart Scott took things one step further, telling Newsday that Welker needs to be “very careful” about what he says about New York coach Rex Ryan.

“I’ll tell you what,” Scott told Newsday. “Be very careful what you say about our coach. [Welker’s] days in a uniform will be numbered. Put it like that.”

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie was asked by WEEI.com on Friday about the possibility that he could be fined by the NFL for his comments about Tom Brady. Many in the media are suggesting that a fine is in order for Cromartie, who told the New York Daily News on Tuesday that he "hates" Brady and used several expletives to describe the New England quarterback.

 

So it sounds like the Jets have taken Wes Welker's act of wordplay for what it was.

In an apparent response to Welker's use of foot metaphors in his press conference on Thursday — a subtle jab at New York coach Rex Ryan's recent embarrassing video escapade — Jets center Nick Mangold tweeted Friday evening: "Wes Welker is a great player. He's really taken advantage of watching film. If we don't keep a Spy on him, he could really open the Gate."

Three players were officially listed as questionable on Friday for Sunday's game with the Patriots, including defensive back Drew Coleman, who reportedly suffered a knee injury in practice earlier in the week. Coleman, who ended Kevin Faulk's season in Week 2 with a hit to the knee, did not practice on Friday. In addition, they listed 10 players as engaged in full participation.

 

Did Not Participate

CB Drew Coleman (knee) Questionable

 

Limited Participation

FOXBORO -- Six Patriots were listed as questionable for Sunday on Friday's injury report, including rookie OLB Jermaine Cunningham. The only player listed as doubtful is defensive lineman Myron Pryor, who has been out with a back injury.The full injury report is as follows:

 

Did Not Participate

DE Myron Pryor (back) Doubtful

 

Limited Participation in Practice 

LB Tully Banta-Cain (groin) Questionable

WR Deion Branch (knee) Questionable

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick would not offer any reaction on Wes Welker's 11 foot references during Thursday's press conference at Gillette Stadium. 

 

"Right now, my comments are just on the Jets," Belichick said Friday. "That's what we're focused on. You'll have to ask him."

 

Rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez said only, "I thought it was an interesting interview." 

 

Peter King of Sports Illustrated joined Dale & Holley on Friday, discussing Sunday's playoff bout between the Patriots and Jets and heavily criticizing New York cornerback Antonio Cromartie. 

 

Cromartie this week called Patriots quarterback Tom Brady an "ass----" in an interview, adding, "[Expletive] him."

 

FOXBORO — In their final full-scale practice before Sunday's showdown with the Jets, the Patriots worked out on the main Gillette Stadium field on Friday. And for the second straight day, only defensive lineman Myron Pryor was missing from the practice. 

 

Also on hand for the practice was Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who spent time talking to Tom Brady on the sidelines during stretching before the team took the field. 

 

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined Dale and Holley on Friday, discussing the team's upcoming playoff game against the Jets. He joked that was ready to give  "Belichick-approved answers" in the interview, and when asked whether he felt Wes Welker had Belichick-approved answers the day before, responded "obviously not."

 

Welker made 11 subtle references to feet in Thursday's press conference, often saying the Pats had to put their "best foot forward" and even referring to the squad as "little foot soldiers."