FOXBORO -- Linebacker Tully Banta-Cain was not spotted for the open portion of Patriots practice on Friday at Gillette Stadium. Banta-Cain was not listed on the injury report on Wednesday or Thursday. 

 

Also missing practice outdoors on the main stadium field were running back Fred Taylor, who is expected to miss his fifth straight game with a toe injury, and safety Jarrad Page, out with a calf injury. Page didn't play last week against Minnesota. 

 

ESPN's Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show as part of WEEI's Patriot Friday. Schefter is predicting the Browns will upset the Patriots on Sunday.

 

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning as part of WEEI's Patriots Friday. With the Patriots set to meet the lowly Browns on Sunday, Mayo was asked if Bill Belichick's rivalry with Eric Mangini has been used as motivation.

 

"We haven't really talked about Eric Mangini at all, to be honest with you," Mayo said. "It's just about how they beat the Saints, how they're a good team, how they have a great running attack. We need to go out and win this game."

 

FOXBORO — Even for a franchise historically accustomed to chaos, it’s been an extraordinary season.



One man's Week 9 NFL picks ...

New Orleans (-6.5) over CAROLINA



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Browns Injury Report
Did Not Participate

DL Kenyon Coleman (knee)
QB Jake Delhomme (ankle)
OL John St. Clair (ankle)
QB Seneca Wallace (ankle)

Limited Participation
DL Shaun Rogers (ankle)
LB Matt Roth (hamstring)
TE Alex Smith (ankle)

Patriots Injury Report
Did Not Participate

S Jarrad Page (calf)
RB Fred Taylor (toe)

Limited Participation
WR Deion Branch (hamstring)
S Patrick Chung (knee)
WR Matt Slater (ankle)

Full Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)

FOXBORO — After missing a day of practice on Wednesday, tight end Aaron Hernandez was back for the start of Thursday's practice session for Patriots. The session, which was held in the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse in full pads, was only missing two players: running back Fred Taylor, who has been slowed by a toe issue, and safety Jarrad Page, who suffered a calf injury a few weeks back against the Ravens. For more Patriots information, check out weei.com/patriots.

Mailbag time and this is the end of all things Moss . . . or at least until the Titans come to town for the AFC Championship.



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FOXBORO — Tom Brady left no doubt as to what he thinks about the return of Logan Mankins.