FOXBORO — Steve Gregory suffered a broken thumb in the second half of Sunday’s win over the Steelers, according to multiple media reports.

The starting strong safety came off the field in the third quarter holding his hand and was escorted down the stairs where the initial exam was conducted. Tests on Monday morning confirmed the break.

The Patriots offense put together an offensive explosion Sunday against the Steelers, the likes of which haven't been seen at Gillette Stadium for many years.

The TV numbers for Sunday’s New England-Pittsburgh game were some of the best in recent history — according to the Patriots, the CBS telecast of the game enjoyed an average household rating of 40.3 in the Boston market, the highest rating of the 2013 season.

FOXBORO — Rob Gronkowski may have come back to the Patriots on Oct. 20 in New Jersey against the Jets. He may have played against the Dolphins on Oct. 27 at Gillette Stadium.

But on Sunday, nearly a full 12 months after breaking his left forearm on an extra point in a 59-28 win over the Colts, Patriots fans finally got to witness the return of the “Full Gronk” (TD spike above, and all) in another 50-point extravaganza at Gillette.

FOXBORO — More than a few eyebrows were raised Sunday when it was announced that Kenbrell Thompkins had been designated as inactive for Sunday’s game.

The rookie receiver had made huge strides and impressed many with his fast development in training camp and over the early part of the season as the offense tried to muddle through without Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski for significant stretches.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan to discuss the ongoing Jonathan Martin bullying saga with the Dolphins, and the health issues of a pair of NFL coaches.

Miami announced on Sunday the indefinite suspension of offensive lineman Richie Incognito for his role in the alleged bullying of Martin, the Dolphins’ second-year lineman.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning, following Sunday’s offensive explosion in a 55-31 victory over the Steelers.

The Patriots closed the game on a 35-7 run after squandering a 14-point halftime lead. The 55 points marks the most scored in the NFL this season and the most every scored against Pittsburgh, and New England’s 610 yards of total offense is the most ever allowed by the Steelers as well.

FOXBORO -- The days become shorter, the temperature starts to drop, and the game starts to change. Football in November and December changes dramatically -- the intensity starts to ramp up, and the sense of urgency begins to increase.

FOXBORO — That’s how you head into the bye week.

The Patriots put up 55 points — more than any team has ever scored on a Steelers defense — on the way to a 55-31 victory over Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. While it wasn’t the most aesthetically pleasing game to defensive aficionados, it was plenty good enough for New England football fans, as the Patriots now head into their week off with a 7-2 mark.

FOXBORO — The Patriots have announced the following players as being out for Sunday’s game against the Steelers. Here’s the list of who will be sitting and what it means going forward:

Wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins: The biggest surprise of the group — it appears that the rookie has slipped down the depth chart over the last few weeks. Austin Collie has seen a dramatic uptick in snaps over the last two weeks — there’s likely a connection there.