FOXBORO -- Aaron Hernandez returned to Patriots practice on Wednesday inside the Dana-Farber Field House after missing Tuesday due to the birth of his daughter. Hernandez was among 14 Patriots limited Wednesday in sweats and shells practice, which was inside due to the heavy winds of the nor'easter hitting New England. After returning from a sprained right ankle on Oct. 21 against the Seahawks and playing the next week against the Jets, Hernandez was held back and did not play against the Rams in London due to a setback with his ankle.

FOXBORO -- With injuries to cornerback Ras-I Dowling (who landed on season-ending injured reserve) as well as safeties Pat Chung (who has missed the last two-plus weeks with a shoulder injury) and Steve Gregory (who hasn't played since Week 4 be



In a recent players' poll conducted by the Sporting News, Jets coach Rex Ryan was named the Most Overrated Coach in the NFL. Ryan got 35 votes, while Patriots coach Bill Belichick was second with 16 votes. Asked about the poll on Wednesday, Ryan said he looked on the bright side of things.

FOXBORO -- Running back Brandon Bolden (knee), linebacker Tracy White (foot) and defensive end Trevor Scott (hamstring) were not present at the start of Patriots practice Wednesday afternoon, a session that took place inside the practice bubble in sweats and shells. Meanwhile, during the part of practice open to the media, Brandon Spikes spent positional drills on a stationary bike, with head trainer Jim Whalen keeping a close eye on the linebacker. 

The Patriots will host the Bills in the first game back from the bye week Sunday at 1 p.m. at Gillette Stadium.

Former Patriots offensive lineman Ross Tucker, now a SiriusXM NFL Radio host, joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to talk about the Pats and news from around the NFL.

Tucker said the Texans are playing the best football in the AFC, but he'd be hesitant to predict Houston to knock off one of the perennial conference powers and reach the Super Bowl with such an inexperienced team.

FOXBORO -- Like a baseball umpire, it’s best for an offensive lineman best to toil in anonymity. If anyone talks about you, it’s usually because you’ve screwed up, not because they want to praise your work.



FOXBORO -- Linebacker Tracy White, running back Brandon Bolden, tight end Aaron Hernandez and defensive end Trevor Scott were all not present at the start of Patriots practice on Tuesday afternoon, a session that was held in full pads on the lower field behind Gillette Stadium. Hernandez may have an excused absence, as his brother DJ Tweeted earlier Tuesday afternoon: "I'm an uncle. Avielle Janelle Hernandez was born. Love u Aaron and Shay. Can't wait to see u all."

It's so easy to take Tom Brady for granted.



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Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Monday that the team took everything into consideration when deciding whether to trade for troubled cornerback Aqib Talib. 

Talib, a former first-round pick of the Buccaneers, has been arrested multiple times and currently is serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on banned substances. 

The NFL announced Monday that the Nov. 18 game between the Patriots and the Colts, which was originally scheduled for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Gillette Stadium, has been moved to 4:25 p.m. The Week 11 matchup -- the first week of the season where flex scheduling can come into play -- will be the first-ever meeting between Tom Brady and rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.