Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey has ruled out running back Maurice Jones-Drew for Sunday's game against the Patriots. Jones-Drew injured his left foot on Oct. 21 against the Raiders in Oakland and has missed eight straight games. 

Jones-Drew, a three-time Pro Bowl running back and the 2011 NFL rushing champ, still leads the Jaguars in rushing with 414 yards on 86 carries this season, but he has just one rushing touchdown. For the ninth straight game, he will be replaced in the backfield by Rashad Jennings, Greg Jones and Montell Owens. 

Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show and talked about the how the Patriots will approach the final two games of the regular season.

New England travels to Jacksonville on Sunday for a game against the 2-12 Jaguars, and King said it isn't likely the Pats will lack motivation despite the lack of a high-quality opponent.

A vicious hit by Dashon Goldson on Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has cost the 49ers defensive back $21,000 in a fine handed out by the NFL. Goldson, who acknowledged the fine on Friday, has earned the reputation as one of the NFL's hardest hitters and plans to appeal his latest fine.

Goldson says he's been fined approximately $70,000 for socks, pants and other uniform violations during his six-year career.

But as for the hit in the third quarter on Hernandez, Goldson said there was nothing dirty about it.

FOXBORO -- The Patriots had perfect attendance Friday for their final practice for the Jaguars Sunday in Jacksonville. Tom Brady returned on Thursday while linebacker Mike Rivera (ankle) returned on Friday for the workout in sweats and shells inside Dana-Farber Field House. 

The team moved the practice indoors as heavy rain and winds pelted Gillette Stadium and the outdoor practice fields. 

FOXBORO -- Despite his perfect attendance this week at practice, Rob Gronkowski will miss his fifth straight game this Sunday against the Jaguars, according to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe. 

Young reported Friday that a league source indicated that Gronkowski will miss the game as he continues to recover from a broken left forearm that required surgery after the Nov. 18 game against the Colts. 

FOXBORO -- So, you’re a Patriots fan looking for a reason to make games against 2-12 Jacksonville and 6-8 Miami interesting in the final two weeks when New England already has wrapped up a division title and playoff berth.

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NFL Network analyst Mike Lombardi made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan and talked about the Patriots' outlook as well as the struggling Jets and their future.

Lombardi took a positive approach to the Patriots' 41-34 loss to the 49ers on Sunday, a game in which New England trailed by 28 points in the second half before rallying to tie the score.

It’s the return of Mythbusters. This week, we take a look at five of the myths surrounding the Patriots and Jaguars before their Sunday game in Jacksonville:

With the Patriots’ passing game, there’s no room in the offense for a 300-carry rusher.

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was taken off the injury report on Thursday, a day after he was given the day off to rest his right shoulder after throwing a career-high 65 passes on Sunday night in the 41-34 loss to the 49ers at Gillette Stadium. 

Linebacker Mike Rivera (ankle) was the only player to miss practice due to injury on Thursday outside in sweats and shells. Jermaine Cunningham is serving the fourth and final week of his four-game suspension for violation of the NFL PED policy. 

With rumors swirling about what the Jets intend to do with their mess at quarterback, head coach Rex Ryan joked about one quarterback that could make New York's troubles disappear.

"I'll be honest with you," Ryan told reporters. "If we had Tom Brady, I'd be happy with that. We don't."