FOXBORO — The Patriots have reportedly filed a complaint with the league about the turf at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network. LaCanfora reported that New England and Oakland have also lodged complaints about the footing at Heinz Field, which is universally accorded as having some of the worst turf conditions in the league.

Before he was cut, former Pittsburgh kicker Jeff Reed called the state of the turf into question in the wake of a missed field goal last week against the Patriots.

Talking on NFL Sunday, former Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown, who also spent some time playing in the Pats' defensive backfield, stated that it was his opinion that referees called a different game when the Colts were involved due to the presence of their president, Bill Polian.

 

"I just think that Bill Polian, when the referees do games with him in it, they call a lot more pass interference calls than they do with any other team," Brown said.

 

The Colts on Saturday evening announced the following players are out for Sunday's game against the Patriots: running backs Joseph Addai and Mike Hart; as well as linebackers Gary Bracket and Clint Session and cornerback Justin Tryon. All five did not practice on Friday, so it's not a dramatic surprise, but Addai (neck) and Hart (ankle) have provided much of ground attack for Indianapolis, while veteran linebackers like Bracket (toe) and Session (elbow) are also a major part of the Colts' defense.

The Colts - already short Dallas Clark - list three of their offensive weapons as questionable for Sunday's game in Foxboro against the Patriots. Defensive ends Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney - who received rest days earlier in the week - were removed from the official report. There was no players listed as getting rest on Friday's injury report.

 

Colts injury report Friday:

Did Not Practice

DB Bob Sanders (biceps)OUT

LB Gary Bracket (toe) Questionable

FOXBORO — Quarterback Tom Brady was again limited at practice on Friday while wide receiver Brandon Tate and offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger were out with the flu. Safety Jarrad Page returned to practice for the first time since Oct. 22, the Friday before injuring his calf against San Diego.

 

Patriots Injury report Friday:
Did Not Practice

WR Brandon Tate (flu) Questionable
G Rich Ohrnberger (flu) Questionable
CB Jonathan Wilhite (hip) Questionable
DT Myron Pryor (back) Questionable

 

FOXBORO -- There was no letter delivered to James Sanders on Friday from NFL offices, indicating that the league did not fine him for the hit on Pittsburgh's Hines Ward last Sunday night. 

 

Ward went over the middle late in the first quarter and was hit low by Patrick Chung. Sanders came in for support on the tackle and collided with Ward, colliding with the wide receiver's helmet. Ward went to the sideline with a concussion and did not return, snapping his streak of consecutive games with a catch at 186. 

 

FOXBORO -- Running back Fred Taylor sounded optimistic and anxious to return to game action this week for the Patriots as they host the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium. Taylor has missed the last six games with turf toe.

 

"Of course I do, of course I do," Taylor replied when asked if he feels ready to return, if activated Sunday. "I haven't played in a while, got that itch and would definitely love to be back out there. I'm going to keep improving."

 

FOXBORO -- Wide receiver and kick returner Brandon Tate and offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger both missed Friday's practice due to the flu, according to a tweet from the Patriots. 

 

Also missing were cornerback Jonathan Wilhite (hip), and defensive lineman Myron Pryor (back). Safety Jarrad Page (calf) returned for the first time since injuring himself during the San Diego game on Oct. 24. 

 

Speaking to The Dennis & Callahan Show, ESPN's Adam Schefter offered a warning regarding the Patriots' upcoming opponent, the injury-riddled Indianapolis Colts. "I look at them as a team as long as they have that quarterback [Peyton Manning] they have a chance," Schefter said. "THey're not as good, I don't think, as some of the other Colts teams in recent years, but that's probably as much due to injury as anything else."

 

Linebacker Jerod Mayo thinks the Patriots are capable of making a post-Thanksgiving run. (AP)FOXBORO — The game of pro football changes in mid-November.

Around Thanksgiving in the NFL, there’s a sudden sense of urgency that permeates the action on a weekly basis, an energy that wasn’t there through the first two months of the season. The games get bigger, the stakes get higher and the game of separation begins in earnest.