BALTIMORE -- Once they finish their game against the Ravens, the Patriots will look ahead to the Bills and they'll be doing so knowing they won't have to worry about C.J. Spiller. 

The running back who came into Week 3 leading the NFL in rushing, injured his shoulder in the first half of Buffalo's win over Cleveland and did not return. 

"I don't believe it's long, long-term," Bills coach Chan Gailey said after the game. "If he missed a week that's long for me. He's going to be out for sure this week [vs. Patriots] and then we'll see."

BALTIMORE -- Second-year star receiver Torrey Smith will play in the Sunday night game against the Patriots after the death of his younger brother earlier in the day, according to a report by the Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE -- Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith has left the team and may not play tonight against the Patriots after the death of his younger brother early Sunday morning in a motorcycle accident. 

Smith delivered the news of his brother's death via his Twitter feed. 

I can't believe my little brother is gone...be thankful for your loved ones and tell them you love them...this is the hardest thing ever.

He later tweeted a picture of himself standing with his young brother wearing Smith's No. 82 jersey.

BALTIMORE -- The Patriots will have newly signed tight end Kellen Winslow active for their match-up against the Ravens at M & T Bank Stadium, according to an ESPNBoston report. Winslow will be making his 2012 debut after getting released by the Seahawks in late August when he did not agree to a pay cut and a restructured contract. 

 

The Patriots announced Saturday night that defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick (ankle) and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) have both been downgraded to out for Sunday night's game in Baltimore against the Ravens. The duo joins tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) and defensive end Justin Francis (ankle) -- both of whom were announced as out on Friday -- as inactives. The Patriots have to declare three more players inactive roughly 90 minutes before the start of Sunday's game, which is scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m.

Here are the 10 matchups we’re going to be watching Sunday night when the Patriots meet the Ravens in Baltimore:



FOXBORO -- Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo was fined $21,000 by the NFL Friday for his big hit on Cardinals receiver Early Doucet in the third quarter of last Sunday's game. Doucet came over the middle to make the catch and held onto the ball after Mayo delivered a crushing blow on the final play of the third quarter. 

Doucet bounced back to his feet nearly immediately and remained in the game and there was no penalty called on the play. The fine was doled out for "striking a defenseless receiver in the head/neck area."

FOXBORO -- As expected, Aaron Hernandez will miss his first game Sunday night when the Patriots play the Ravens in Baltimore. Hernandez sprained his right ankle midway through the first quarter of a loss last Sunday to the Cardinals. The Patriots also ruled out defensive lineman Justin Francis, who missed the last two practices with an ankle injury as well. 

Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports NFL analyst Peter King checked in with Mut & Merloni for his weekly Patriots Friday appearance and weighed in on some key issues involving the Patriots.

Wes Welker's cut in playing time has been a huge issue in New England this week. King speculated that Welker is indeed being phased out.

FOXBORO -- Aaron Hernandez, who was spotted in the locker room Friday limping on his sprained right ankle, was among three Patriots players missing Friday's practice with ankle issues. Also not spotted Friday were defensive linemen Brandon Deaderick and Justin Francis. 

Hernandez, who is expected to miss this Sunday's game and the next several weeks, had a cart near his locker to help with mobility as he put on the walking boot on his right foot. Hernandez has missed all three practices this week while Deaderick injured his ankle during Thursday's full pads practice.