Patriots safety Patrick Chung joined Mut & Merloni on Friday morning as the Patriots enjoy a bye week.

Chung didn’t play last week and had to watch the game from home as he didn’t travel to London. He said he wanted to be out there.

“I said I was going to try my hardest to get out there," Chung said. "I was working, man, it’s looking better. … There’s nothing I can do about it, got to just keep working tough and try to get out there.”

Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, and he had positive things to say about the Patriots' acquisition of controversial cornerback Aqib Talib a day earlier.

FOXBORO -- The Patriots acquired cornerback Aqib Talib and a 2013 seventh-round pick from the Buccaneers on Thursday in exchange for a 2013 fourth-round draft pick. Talib is currently suspended for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He is under contract through the end of the season. 

FOXBORO -- In their final practice as a team before they take a break for the bye week, cornerback Kyle Arrington, running back Brandon Bolden and tight end Aaron Henandez were the only three players missing from the start of the Patriots Thursday afternoon practice session, which was held in pads on the lower fields behind Gillette. In addition, linebacker Tracy White was on the field, but working out alongside his teammates in sweats.

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FOXBORO -- During the bye week, Stevan Ridley isn’t going to be getting away from football. In fact, the Patriots’ running back has a football-heavy weekend planned -- he’ll be hitting his old high school for a Friday night game, followed by a trip to Baton Rouge on Saturday for LSU-Alabama.

The Patriots worked out several players on Wednesday according to multiple media reports, including kicker Billy Cundiff, who missed what would have been a game-tying field goal in the waning moments of last year's AFC title game when he was kicking for the Ravens. In addition to Cundiff, kickers Neil Rackers and Graham Gano worked out for New England, as well as punters Ryan Donahue and Chas Henry and long-snapper Bryce Davis. In addition, the Patriots also reportedly took a look at guard Ryan Durand, running back Lorenzo Booker and wide receiver Jarred Fayson. 

The Patriots waived cornerback Sterling Moore and tight end Alex Silvestro and signed defensive back Derrick Martin and linebacker Mike Rivera on Wednesday.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Moore, who was signed by the Patriots last October, became a regular part of New England's secondary rotation in 2011, eventually playing a key role in the Patriots' win in the AFC title game when he knocked a pass away from Ravens receiver Lee Evans. The 22-year-old has 13 tackles, one pass defensed and one forced fumble in eight games this season.

Sammy Morris wants to make it big. Again.  

After leading the Patriots to a 45-7 rout of the Rams in London on Sunday, Tom Brady on Wednesday was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week. It's the second such award this season for Brady and the 22nd of his career, trying him with Peyton Manning for the most Player of the Week honors since the award was established in 1984.

With the NFL trade deadline looming on Thursday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, in his weekly appearance on WEEI's Big Show, suggested that he expected very little movement of key players. He noted that the issue of adjusting from one team's system to an unfamiliar one represents an impediment to midseason deals.