Minihane has learned his lesson: Never doubt Bill Belichick or Tom Brady (AP)Mailbag time, and even after admitting that I'm a moron and done trying to figure out the Patriots after watching them put on a nationally televised clinic in Pittsburgh in a 39-26 win (a game I was absolutely convinced they would lose by a couple of touchdowns) some folks still won't let up on me.



KIRK MINIHANE

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FOXBORO — Despite the fact that he missed practice Wednesday because of injury, quarterback Tom Brady expressed confidence that he’ll be good to go for this Sunday’s game against the Colts at Gillette Stadium.

The Colts, who have been hit hard by injury all season, had nine players miss practice Wednesday because of injury, a group that includes running backs Joseph Addai and Mike Hart, as well as wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Here's their complete injury report:

Did Not Practice
RB Joseph Addai (neck)
LB Gary Bracket (toe)
TE Brody Eldridge (rib)
DT Dwight Freeney (rested)
RB Mike Hart (ankle)
DB Bob Sanders (biceps)
LB Clint Session (elbow)
DB Justin Tryon (foot)
WR Reggie Wayne (knee)

FOXBORO — For the second consecutive Wednesday, quarterback Tom Brady has been listed on the Patriots injury report as having missed practice. Brady was listed with a right shoulder and foot injury. In addition, safety Jarrad Page did not practice because of a calf injury and defensive lineman Myron Pryor was out with a back problem. Here's the complete injury report for the Patriots:

Did Not Practice
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
S Jarrad Page (calf)
DT Myron Pryor (back)

FOXBORO -- For the second straight week, Tom Brady missed Wednesday practice to rest his foot as the Patriots began on-field work in advance of their latest huge game, Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. 

 

FOXBORO -- With the Indianapolis Colts coming to town this weekend, there will be lots of talk about the single biggest play of the season between the two teams last year at Lucas Oil Field. And like everyone who watched the thriller between the Colts and Patriots, Tom Brady remembers 'fourth-and-2' last November. 

 

The Patriots announced Tuesday evening they have released linebacker Shawn Crable. The Michigan product, a third-round pick of New England back in 2008, played in six games in 2010 and registered four total tackles, a half a sack and one special teams tackle. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Crable was inactive for the first eight games of the 2008 season before finishing the year on injured reserve. He spent the entire 2009 season on injured reserve, and was released by the Patriots on July 28 and signed to the practice squad on September 6.

The football world was buzzing about two things Tuesday morning: Donovan McNabb's contract extension and Michael Vick's performance for the Eagles against McNabb's Redskins. While the timing of McNabb's extension looked bad in the wake of a blowout loss against his former team, Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network said on the Dale & Holley show that the Redskins had to re-sign their quarterback. 

 

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about the win over the Steelers, prepping for the Colts and his foot injury. He also addressed the issue of his emotions after cameras captured him screaming at his teammates. Brady said that's just the way they relate to each other during games. "They know me very well," Brady said. "My emotions go up and down, and so do theirs. They say things back to me. I want them to know and they do know it’s all in the best interest of us trying to accomplish our goals each week.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to talk about Michael Vick's brilliant performance on Monday night, where Tom Brady stands in the MVP race and the quarterback situation in Miami. To hear the interview, visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

 

Mortensen said Vick's six-touchdown effort vs. the Redskins ranks among the top 10 of any game he has ever seen from a quarterback.