Speaking at the NFL's FanFest rally on Saturday in Trafalgar Square, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said the time has come that London should have an NFL franchise.

"You're already hosting the premier league, and we believe we're the premier sport in the world," Kraft told the large crowd. "I think London has shown, with the way they've handled the Olympics and every other major sporting event, that it's time for you to have your own NFL franchise, based in London."

Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork was added to the official injury report on Saturday morning with an illness as the team went through a final walk-through in London. He is listed officially as "probable" for Sunday afternoon's game against the Rams at Wembley Stadium. 

On Friday, Aaron Hernandez was among seven players ruled out of Sunday's game in London by the Patriots, who landed in the U.K. early Friday. Also out are Tracy White, Steve Gregory, Brandon Bolden, Ras-I Dowling, Patrick Chung and Trevor Scott. 

The Patriots announced Friday that cornerback Ras-I Dowling has been placed on injured reserve with a thigh injury. This is the second time in his two-year career that Dowling has had his season end early. Last season, Dowling started the first two games before being placed on injured reserve with a hip injury Oct. 29.

Aaron Hernandez is among seven players ruled out of Sunday's game in London by the Patriots, who landed in the U.K. early Friday. Also out are Tracy White, Steve Gregory, Brandon Bolden, Ras-I Dowling, Patrick Chung and Trevor Scott. 

As a result, the Patriots will not have to make any further game-time inactive decisions for their contest against the Rams at Wembley Stadium. 

Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on Mut & Merloni on Friday to talk about the Patriots' upcoming game in London against the Rams.

The Patriots' deficiencies are obvious, and King said the defensive secondary's problems mean the offense needs to take its game to another level.

Aaron Hernandez did not make the trip with the rest of the team to London for Sunday's game against the Rams, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network. The tight end, who suffered an ankle injury in a Week Two loss to the Cardinals, has played the last two weeks, but was limited at practice on Wednesday and was not present on Thursday. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that his ankle has not responded to treatment, and he's expected not to play against St. Louis.

FOXBORO -- The Patriots made some minor changes to their injury report on Thursday, as linebacker Jerod Mayo -- who was out of Wednesday's practice with what the team listed as elbow/illness -- returned in a limited capacity. Meanwhile, tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) went from limited to DNP. Here's the complete report from Thursday:

Did Not Practice

RB Brandon Bolden (knee)

S Steve Gregory (hip)

DE Trevor Scott (hamstring)

DB Ras-I Dowling (thigh)

FOXBORO -- After missing Wednesday's practice with an illness and elbow injury, Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo returned to practice Thursday as the team worked out one final time in sweats and shells before flying to London on a red-eye for their Sunday game against the Rams at Wembley Stadium. 

Aaron Hernandez, who was limited in practice on Wednesday with an ankle injury, was not spotted during the media portion of the workout Thursday. Hernandez joined Steve Gregory, Brandon Bolden, Trevor Scott, Ras-I Dowling and Tracy White as players not spotted during practice.

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick prepared his team Thursday to travel to London for a regular season game against the Rams at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET). As was the case in 2009, Belichick chose to have his team prepare early in the week in Foxboro before catching a red-eye flight after practice Thursday for England.

FOXBORO -- Jerod Mayo missed practice Wednesday at Gillette with an illness and an elbow injury. Mayo injured the left elbow on Sunday late in the first half. He came back to play in the second half with a black athletic wrap on the elbow. Also out Wednesday were Brandon Bolden (knee), Steve Gregory (hip), Ras-I Dowling (thigh), Tracy White (foot) and Trevor Scott (hamstring). 

Logan Mankins and Brandon Lloyd were among the 12 players listed last limited by the Patriots, who practiced in sweats and shells Wednesday on the upper grass fields outside Gillette Stadium.