Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light was a guest of The Big Show on Friday afternoon to talk about Monday's game against the Jets. Light said he doesn't really care about the playoff scenarios that are affected by this game, as he doesn't need any more motivation. "There is no bigger reason to get excited and amped up than Jets week," he said. "Playing here at home, Monday night. It's pretty simple: We're going to be ready to go, and we've got to go out there and we've got to start fast and we've got to execute."

 

The loss of starting safety Jim Leonhard dominated the news out of Florham Park, N.J. on Friday as the Jets posted their injury report. Leonhard has been ruled out and is likely lost for the season with a "severe" injury to his shin. The rest of the injury report remained unchanged as tackle Damien Woody missed his second straight practice with a knee injury. The Jets will practice once more on Saturday before Monday night's game at Gillette Stadium.

 

Jets Friday practice report:

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FOXBORO — The Patriots' injury report for Friday remained unchanged from Thursday as quarterback Tom Brady was still limited. Brady hasn't fully participated in practice since Nov. 5, the Friday before the game in Cleveland. Three others did not participate. The team will have one more on-field practice Saturday before Sunday's walk-through and Monday night's game.

 

Patriots injury report for Friday:

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G Stephen Neal (shoulder, placed on IR)

 

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Santonio Holmes was asked Friday by WEEI.com about comments made by his former teammate Hines Ward on Wednesday. Ward called the NFL “hypocritical” and said the league “doesn’t care” about the players. Holmes quickly agreed with Ward’s thoughts and also came to the defense of another former teammate, James Harrison, who was fined $25,000 for a hit on Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday.

 

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Rex Ryan met with the media following Jets practice on Friday and was asked if his team was excited to play in Monday's heavily-anticipated showdown with the Patriots.

 

"We're ready - we are ready to play," said Ryan. "There's no doubt. We know New England is. I know they say we are a great team and I see the sarcasm. But they are going to find out if we are a great team or not, I can tell you that much."

 

Ryan was asked where he sensed sarcasm in the Patriots comments.

 

The Jets secondary will have to rely more on the talents of their two shut-down corners after coach Rex Ryan announced Friday that starting safety Jim Leonhard had to be carted off the practice field in Florham Park, N.J., with a "severe" leg injury. 

 

Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday afternoon and previewed the Patriots-Jets matchup. King said he only recently decided that the Patriots can win the game, based on one player's performance in last week's win over the Lions.

 

FOXBORO -- For second straight day, CB Jonathan Wilhite, and defensive linemen Myron Pryor and Mike Wright were the only three missing from Patriots practice as the team worked out in sweats and shells on the main stadium field. 

 

Wilhite has missed the last two games with a hip injury. Pryor suffered a back injury against Cleveland and has been inactive for the three games since Nov. 7. Wright missed the Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit after injuring his neck and suffering a concussion against Indianapolis on Nov. 21. 

 

The Patriots announced Friday they have signed defensive end/outside linebacker Eric Moore and released outside linebacker Pierre Woods.

Here's part of the announcement that was issued by the team on the move:

Moore, 6-4, 268 pounds, is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the New York Giants (2005), New Orleans Saints (2006) and St. Louis Rams (2006-08). He spent the last seven games of the 2009 season on the Carolina practice squad and went to training camp with the Panthers in 2010 but was waived on Sept. 4.

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined the Dale & Holley show Friday morning, and he said he believes the extra time off from playing on Thanksgiving will help his team in Monday night's contest against the Jets. "Having those extra days off to prepare for a great team, we're getting more comfortable in the game plan, we're confident in the game plan," Mayo said. "I think we'll play fast on Monday night."