FOXBORO -- Tom Brady, Dan Connolly, Deion Branch and Aaron Hernandez were among the eight players not seen at Patriots practice as on-field practice began for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Orchard Park. 

 

Also not seen were defensive linemen Brandon Deadrick, Myron Pryor and Mike Wright as well as receiver Deion Branch, tight end Aaron Hernandez and linebacker Tully Banta-Cain. Ron Brace returned to practice for the first time since suffering a mild concussion two weeks ago against the Bears. 

 

FOXBORO — Tom Brady may be having one of his best seasons ever, but that's not good enough to even land a spot on one AFC player's Pro Bowl ballot. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs told Yahoo's Michael Silver he voted for Peyton Manning, Phillip Rivers and Ryan Fitzpatrick but not Brady for the game to be played Jan. 30 in Hawaii.

 

FOXBORO — The Patriots made another move to add depth to their injury-ravaged defensive line on Wednesday when they announced the signing of Landon Cohen. To make room for him, the team released DL Louis Leonard, the lineman who was signed just last week.

 

The defensive lineman was a seventh-round selection of the Lions out of Ohio University in 2008 and has played for Lions and Jaguars.

 

Patriots offensive lineman Dan Connolly has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

The Patriots have waived defensive lineman Louis Leonard, according to ESPN. Leonard was signed last Wednesday and was active for Sunday's win over the Packers, but did not play defense. The 26-year-old Leonard is a 6-foot-4, 325-pounder who played collegiately at Fresno State, then spent one season with Cleveland and a year-plus with Carolina before signing with the Patriots last week. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Former Patriots safety and NBC analyst Rodney Harrison joined the Dale & Holley Show on Tuesday. Harrison was teammates with Tom Brady for six seasons, including the 2007 season that saw the quarterback set an NFL record with 50 touchdown passes. He was asked if Brady is currently playing at a higher level than he did in 2007.

 

Even though they struggled a bit in beating the Packers, the Patriots still remain as the No. 1 team in the latest WEEI.com Power Rankings. Sitting at No. 2 are the Falcons, followed by the Eagles, Ravens, and Jets. No team in the NFC West ranks higher than No. 21, with Rams (21), 49ers (24) and Seahawks (25) all vying to claim the top spot in their division. To see Joe Zarbano's complete rankings click here.

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show for his regular Monday visit and while he feels there were a number of things the Patriots could have done better in their 31-27 win over the Packers, he's obviously happy with the overall result. "It's good to be 12-2," Belichick said. "We've got a lot of work to do and we know that, but it's good to be 12-2." 

 

Patriots linebacker Tully Banta-Cain stopped by for a visit with the Dale & Holley show Monday afternoon at Gillette Stadium as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday.