New England's Pro Bowl offensive lineman Logan Mankins will return to the Patriots in time to play the final six games and get an "accrued NFL season," according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Mankins, a restricted free agent, has been looking for a new deal somewhere in the neighborhood of the contracts signed by Jets center Nick Mangold (seven years, $55 million) and Saints offensive lineman Jahri Evans (seven year, $56.7 million).

The following Patriots are inactive for Sunday's game: Taylor Price, Terrence Wheatley, Dane Fletcher, Steve Maneri, Quinn Ojinnaka, Brandon Deaderick, Nick Kaczur and Danny Woodhead. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/Patriots.
 

The Patriots, fresh off a Week 1 win over the Bengals (and Randy Moss' pointed post-game press conference), will now head to the Meadowlands to take on the Jets in Week 1. Here is everything that has happened leading into Sunday's game, and what you might need to know to prepare for the big game:

 

NEWS

According to various reports the Patriots will sign ex New York Jet Danny Woodhead and add him to their 53-man roster. The Pats had a spot available after trading Laurence Maroney to the Broncos. The Herald's Ian Rapoport first reported the news.

 

Woodhead was cut this week by the Jets who re-signed wide receiver David Clowney. The undersized Woodhead was featured on the show "Hard Knocks." He's a running back who has also played receiver.

 

Jets Friday Practice Report
Out

DT Kris Jenkins (placed on IR)
LB Calvin Pace (out)

Questionable
S Brodney Pool (questionable--limited participation)

Probable
CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring--full participation)

Patriots Friday Practice Report
Out

OL Nick Kaczur (back--did not practice)
CB Terrence Wheatley (foot--did not practice)

Questionable
WR Julian Edelman (foot--limited participation)

Probable
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder--full participation)
RB Fred Taylor (toe--full participation)
WR Wes Welker (not injury related--limited participation)

Patriots offensive lineman Stephen Neal made his weekly call into the Dale & Holley show Friday afternoon and talked about what he expects to face Sunday when the Pats play the Jets, who feature one of the league's best defenses.

 

Sports Illustrated NFL columnist Peter King joined Dale & Holley on Friday for his weekly conversation and touched on a number of topics, including his pick of the Jets to beat the Patriots despite the heavy dysfunction within the organization. "I think it just falls under the category of, I look at games and look at the desperate team," King said. "The Jets are going to play this game like a desperate team. There's so much turmoil building there.

FOXBORO — For the third consecutive day, cornerback Terrence Wheatley and offensive lineman Nick Kaczur were the only two players missing at the start of practice for the Patriots Friday morning. The practice was held outside in a light rain on the upper fields behind Gillette Stadium. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Patriots running back Fred Taylor made his weekly appearance with the Dale & Holley show Friday morning to talk about Sunday's showdown with the Jets.