FOXBORO -- For the second straight day, Tom Brady missed his media availability with flu-like symptoms but surprisingly made his way to Patriots practice as he continued preparations for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Orchard Park. 

 

"We have to do what we have to do, whatever it takes to get Tom up to full steam," Patriots receiver Deion Branch said before Thursday's practice. "If he needs to rest two or three days, that's what he has to do."

 

Fox Sports NFL analyst Brian Billick joined guest hosts Bob Ryan and Chris Mannix on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday to talk about the Patriots and news from around the league.

 

The Bills gave Tom Brady and the Patriots all they could handle back in Week 3 before taking a 38-30 defeat in Foxboro. (AP)FOXBORO — For the Patriots, their Nov. 7 defeat to the Browns in Cleveland has become a cautionary tale — ample evidence that no matter what your record might be and who’s on the opposing sideline, you simply can’t roll out there with a subpar effort and expect to win.



Tom Brady is an easy choice for NFL MVP, according to Kirk Minihane. (AP)Mailbag time and I don't get it.

Michael Vick as MVP, I mean. How has this gained momentum? He's having a terrific season, no question about it. And he was unbelievable in that comeback against the Giants on Sunday. In any other year he'd be a fine choice as MVP.

Just not this year.



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The Bills had three players miss practice on Wednesday. Here's a look at their complete injury report:

Did Not Participate
T Demetrius Bell (knee)
C Geoff Hangartner (knee)
LB Chris Kelsay (knee)

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FOXBORO — Quarterback Tom Brady, offensive lineman Dan Connolly wide receiver Deion Branch and tight end Aaron Hernandez were among the eight players who did not take part in practice on Wednesday for the Patriots. Here’s a look at the complete injury report:

Did Not Participate
LB Tully Banta-Cain (groin)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot/flu)
WR Deion Branch (knee)
G Dan Connolly (concussion)
DL Brandon Deaderick (shoulder)
TE Aaron Hernandez (hip)
NT Myron Pryor (back)

FOXBORO -- He may not have been the choice of Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs but Tom Brady was a clear winner in the fan-balloting portion of the Pro Bowl vote released Wednesday by the NFL.

 

FOXBORO — When it comes to Dan Connolly, the Bills aren't taking any chances.

On a conference call with the New England media, Buffalo coach Chan Gailey jokingly said the Bills were "going to kick away from" Connolly after the offensive lineman turned in an unlikely 71-yard return last Sunday against the Packers.

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady, Dan Connolly, Deion Branch and Aaron Hernandez were among the eight players not seen at Patriots practice as on-field practice began for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Orchard Park. 

 

Also not seen were defensive linemen Brandon Deadrick, Myron Pryor and Mike Wright as well as receiver Deion Branch, tight end Aaron Hernandez and linebacker Tully Banta-Cain. Ron Brace returned to practice for the first time since suffering a mild concussion two weeks ago against the Bears. 

 

FOXBORO — Tom Brady may be having one of his best seasons ever, but that's not good enough to even land a spot on one AFC player's Pro Bowl ballot. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs told Yahoo's Michael Silver he voted for Peyton Manning, Phillip Rivers and Ryan Fitzpatrick but not Brady for the game to be played Jan. 30 in Hawaii.