Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski accepted an offer from the American Hockey League's Worcester Sharks to spike a puck at center ice before a game. In return, the Sharks will pay Gronkowski $7,500, the amount he was fined by the NFL for spiking the ball in front of a Jets player on Nov. 13.

Gronkowski will make his appearance Feb. 13, when the Sharks take on the Providence Bruins at the DCU Center.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is dealing with a form of tennis elbow, according to Pro Football Weekly. PFW quotes a league source as saying the team is resting Brady as much as it can during the week as opposed to his normal practice regimen.

FOXBORO -- Linebacker Jeff Tarpinian missed practice Wednesday with an undisclosed illness. He was among three players who missed the Patriots walkthrough inside the Dana Farber Field House. The Patriots will practice on Thursday and Friday before wrapping up with a walkthrough on Saturday and traveling to Philadelphia for Sunday afternoon's game.  The Patriots listed 11 as limited at practice, including Matt Light, who left Gillette Stadium after Monday's win over the Chiefs wearing a walking boot on his right foot.

FOXBORO -- The linebacker trio of Dane Fletcher, Jeff Tarpinian and Brandon Spikes were the only three players not spotted at Patriots practice indoors Wednesday at the Dana Farber Field House. 

Fletcher has missed the last four games with a thumb injury while Tarpinian missed Monday's game after turning up sick late last week. Brandon Spikes injured his knee against the Giants on Nov. 6 and hasn't practiced since reportedly straining the MCL in his right knee. 

During a conference call with New England media, Eagles coach Andy Reid said Michael Vick would not practice on Wednesday, still taking time to heal two broken ribs. Taking Vick's place in practice is Vince Young, who led the Eagles to a 17-10 win over the Giants, keeping their flickering playoff hopes alive. 

"He won't practice," Reid said of Vick. "Just take it day-by-day, see how he does here. Vince will take the reps. See how he's doing [Thursday]. He threw [Tuesday] a little bit and little bit more as we go on here."

Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the Patriots and NFL news.

The Patriots head to Philadelphia Sunday to meet the underachieving Eagles, who might be without quarterback Michael Vick. Nursing broken ribs, Vick did not practice Wednesday after throwing some on Tuesday. In Philadelphia's last game, backup Vince Young sparked a victory over the Giants in New York, improving the Eagles' record to 4-6 and keeping their slim postseason hopes alive.

FOXBORO -- The ongoing carousel known as Ross Ventrone's spot on the Patriots resumed Tuesday evening with the report of his release once again from the active roster. 

According to ESPN, the safety, who helped spring Julian Edelman on his 72-yard TD punt return, was released from the roster. This marks the seventh time he has been released this season by the team, including August training camp.

FOXBORO -- Julian Edelman has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his 72-yard punt return for a touchdown in Monday night's 34-3 laugher over the Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. 

With the Patriots leading 17-3 in the third quarter, Edelman took a punt at the Patriots 28 and shot up the middle, thanks in part to a key block from Ross Ventrone and outraced punter Dustin Colquitt for his second career punt return for a score. 

Report Card time and a quick word about running up the score in the NFL. 



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During his appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday, Tom Brady was asked how he was feeling. There had been a report indicating that he has a bone bruise near the elbow on his right arm and he's been wearing a black band below the elbow, but Brady assured the hosts there was nothing of concern.