FOXBORO — The Patriots returned to the great outdoors Friday to conclude their field work for the Colts this Sunday night in the controlled environment of Lucas Oil Stadium. But linebacker Akeem Ayers was not spotted on the upper grass fields for the shorts and shells practice.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter checked in with the Middays with MFB crew on Friday for his weekly chat about NFL news, and he discussed comparisons between Andrew Luck and Tom Brady.

No one motivates like Bill Belichick (left) at Patriots practice. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO -- We have no idea what truly happens at Patriots practice.



NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show on Friday morning to preview the Patriots-Colts game and discuss other NFL news.

FOXBORO — The Patriots got some good news Thursday when rookie defensive lineman Dominique Easley (knee) returned to practice after missing the first two practices of the week.

FOXBORO — Dominique Easley returned to Patriots practice on Thursday inside the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse, according to reports. Easley had missed Tuesday and Wednesday’s practices due to a knee issue. His return Thursday is a good sign that he could be ready to suit up when the Patriots take on the Colts Sunday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.

FOXBORO — Bill Belichick won’t admit it. Tom Brady will just smile in gratitude. And Rob Gronkowski certainly won’t acknowledge it.

With Stevan Ridley sidelined, Shane Vereen has emerged as a leader of the Patriots running game.</p>
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FOXBORO — The first Patriots injury report of the week was released following Wednesday’s practice and it came with no major surprises.


FOXBORO — This week would not be a good time for the Patriots to take their foot off the gas of their high-powered offense.