FOXBORO — The Patriots held their final practice before the bye on Tuesday in full pads on the upper grass fields outside Gillette.

Steve Gregory, Brandon Bolden and Austin Collie were the only players on the current roster not spotted. Gregory and Bolden were reportedly nursing injuries while Collie was reportedly released after injuring his knee during the win over the Steelers on Sunday.

The Patriots released veteran wide receiver Austin Collie on Tuesday, according to ESPN. The 27-year-old Collie, a 6-foot, 204-pound wide receiver, was signed by New England as a free agent last month, and played in four games with the Patriots, finishing with three catches for 34 yards. However, he suffered a knee injury in last Sunday’s win over the Steelers, and didn’t play for the duration of the second half.

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FOXBORO — The Patriots have added depth to their corps of running backs by signing free agent Cierre Wood, according to a report from NESN.com.

The running back was spotted at full pads practice on Tuesday morning on the upper practice fields outside Gillette Stadium, one day after working out with the team, according to ESPNBoston.com. Wood was cut by the Texans for violating team rules two weeks ago.

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.