Aaron Hernandez won't play Sunday against the Colts, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network. The tight end, who was a participant in Friday's practice, will sit again because of an injured ankle, the third consecutive week he's been sidelined. The injury, which he initially suffered in a Week 2 loss to the Cardinals, has limited the tight end to just four games this season. On the year, he has 17 catches on 24 targets for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

Sports Illustrated's Peter King made his weekly Mut & Merloni appearance on Friday to talk about the Patriots-Colts game and other NFL news.

The Colts are 6-3 despite having a high number of new players this season, including a rookie quarterback in Andrew Luck.

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick said Friday that newly acquired cornerback Aqib Talib is making progress in learning the Patriots defensive scheme. Belichick did not make any commitment as to whether Talib will be ready to play and/or start for the Patriots this Sunday when they take on Andrew Luck and the Colts at Gillette Stadium. 

FOXBORO -- Logan Mankins was the only player missing from Patriots practice in sweats and shells inside Gillette Stadium on Friday. Mankins injured his left ankle last Sunday in the second half of the win over the Bills and did not return to the game. He left Gillette Stadium in a walking boot after the game and has missed all three practices this week. 

FOXBORO -- As we were sitting in the press box before last Sunday’s game against the Bills, I turned to my colleague Kirk Minihane and asked if he thought Logan Mankins had any chance of playing with calf and hip injuries.

I should’ve known better.



FOXBORO -- New Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib met with reporters on Thursday for the first time since being acquired in a deadline day trade with the Buccaneers and said he's already been embraced by his new teammates. 

"The guys have been great, man," Talib said of his teammates. "They've embraced me and I love the team already."

Talib, who finished his four-game suspension on Sunday for taking Adderall in violation of the NFL performance enchancing policy, sits in a locker between Ras-I Dowling and Devin McCourty. 


FOXBORO -- The only change in the Patriots injury report Thursday was the addition of wide receiver Deion Branch, who was listed as limited with a hamstring issue. The rest of the report is the same as it was Wednesday, with guards Dan Connolly (back) and Logan Mankins (calf, ankle) and wide receiver Wes Welker (ankle) the only ones missing from practice. Here's the complete injury report for Thursday: 

Did Not Practice

G Dan Connolly (back)

G Logan Mankins (ankle/calf)

FOXBORO -- For the second straight day, wide receiver Wes Welker and offensive linemen Dan Connolly and Logan Mankins were missing from Patriots practice on Thursday. The practice was held in full pads on the lower practice field on a frigid day at Gillette Stadium. 

Linebacker Tracy White, who has been nursing a foot injury, was at the beginning of practice but left early before drills began after meeting with trainer Jim Whalen and coach Bill Belichick. 

Three Patriots questions asked and answered on a Thursday as we all wait for Sunday and the chance to finally hear Jim Nantz and Phil Simms realize a dream and announce a game from Gillette Stadium ...



Andrew Luck has history on his side.