Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports checked in for his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday. King addressed the Patriots' defensive struggles.

 

FOXBORO -- Perhaps in an effort to prepare for the heat and humidity of South Florida on Monday night, the Patriots practiced inside a sweltering Dana Farber Fieldhouse on Friday with only three players missing practice. The team also worked out indoors because of the high winds and imminent heavy rain in the forecast for Friday. 

 

"We'll be inside today getting ready for the nice weather in Florida," Belichick said, referring to the heat.  

 

Patriots offensive lineman Stephen Neal checked in for his weekly appearance with the Dale & Holley show Friday morning. Looking back at a solid ground effort in Sunday's win over the Bills, Neal said, "It felt good. The coaches call the plays and we try to execute them. We had a lot of people who had great performances."

 

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the goings-on around the league.

 

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning as the team prepares for Monday night's game against the Dolphins in Miami.

 

One man's Week 4 NFL picks (and there isn't an NFC West coach out there who wouldn't sign for 8-8, my record last week) …

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GREEN BAY (+14.5) over Detroit



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Miami Injury Report for Thursday
Did Not Practice

G John Jerry (illness)
DE Jared Odrick (ankle)

Limited Participation
LB Channing Crowder (groin)

Full Participation
T Jake Long (knee)

Patriots Injury Report for Thursday
Did Not Practice

OL Nick Kaczur (back)
RB Fred Taylor (toe)
CB Terrence Wheatley (foot)

Full Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)

FOXBORO — Veteran running back Fred Taylor was among three who were absent for the start of Patriots practice Thursday afternoon. Taylor, who has been hobbled by a nagging toe injury, wasn't on the field for the portion of practice the media is allowed to watch.

In addition to Taylor, cornerback Terrence Wheatley and offensive lineman Nick Kaczur were also not present for the beginning of the session, which was held in shorts and shells on the upper fields behind Gillette Stadium.