FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick played the wait-and-see game with Tom Brady when asked about the quarterback's status for this Sunday night's game in Pittsburgh. Brady missed Wednesday's practice with a foot injury before returning to only limited participation on Thursday. 

 

Patriots offensive lineman Stephen Neal made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday morning as part of WEEI's Patriots Friday. Neal said he didn't want to harp on last Sunday's loss to the Browns. "Each week's a challenge," he said. "Since that challenge is over, you keep looking back there, you're not going to be ready for the next challenge,, which is this week in Pittsburgh, and that's a very good challenge. So, whatever happened last week, last week's over. It's time to move on."

 

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning. Schefter correctly predicted the Patriots would be upset by the Browns last Sunday, and he said he was the subject of scorn and ridicule prior to the game by fans on Twitter. "The lack of civility sometimes always amazes me," he said.

 

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show early Friday morning. Mayo talked about last Sunday's disappointing loss to the Browns. "First and foremost, it was just energy," he said. "We came out a little flat."

 

FOXBORO — It has been the most eventful year of Wes Welker’s professional life.



One man's Week 10 NFL picks (note: I took Atlanta (-1) over Baltimore on Thursday night) …

TAMPA BAY (-6.5) over Carolina



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FOXBORO — In a meeting with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith on Thursday afternoon, the Patriots voted to decertify the union in case of a lockout.

The decertification process is a routine step in the process to prepare the union for collective bargaining, which is ongoing between the NFL and the NFLPA. Decertification would give the union a chance to sue under antitrust laws if there is a lockout. Without decertification, the union would have to wait six months to file a suit after the collective bargaining agreement expired.

Kicker Jeff Reed returned to Steelers' practice on Thursday while DE Brett Keisel, TE Heath Miller and Chris Kemoeatu missed their second straight practice.

 

Steelers Injury Report for Wednesday:

Did Not Participate

S Will Allen (concussion/illness)

DE Brett Keisel (hamstring)

TE Heath Miller (knee)

G Chris Kemoeatu (knee/ankle)

DE Aaron Smith (triceps)

 

Full Participation

RB Mewelde Moore (concussion)

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady returned to practice on Thursday but was limited due to a foot injury that kept the quarterback out of practice on Wednesday. Meanwhile, running back Fred Taylor was again limited in practice on Thursday after missing the last five games.

 

Patriots Injury Report for Thursday:

Injured Reserve

K Stephen Gostkowski (thigh) OUT

 

Did Not Participate

S Jarrad Page (calf)

DL Myron Pryor (back)

 

FOXBORO -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady returned to practice on Thursday as the team continued its preparations for the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night at Heinz Field. 

 

Brady missed Wednesday's practice and was listed on the injury report. In addition to his typical shoulder issue, Brady was listed as having a foot injury, which the Boston Globe later reported was sprain but not serious enough to keep him from Sunday's game.