Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington was hit with a $21,000 fine for his hit on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in last Sunday's game at Gillette Stadium. Arrington was fined but not penalized for the helmet-to-helmet hit on Luck in the second half while Jerod Mayo was not fined for his roughing the passer infraction in the third quarter. 

The fine was announced by the NFL on Friday afternoon. The league has not announced fines yet from Thursday's game, including the Jets-Patriots game at MetLife Stadium. 

Jets coach Rex Ryan, in a conference call with reporters on Friday morning -- the day after his team's 49-19 mauling at the hands of the Patriots -- credited New England as "an excellent football team" but insisted that he would not describe the gap between his team and his AFC East as insurmountable. 

EAST RUTHERFORD -- The race for the AFC East title is over.

EAST RUTHERFORD -- There was rampant speculation inside MetLife Stadum when the Jets fell behind 35-0 late in the second quarter that Tim Tebow would finally appear at quarterback, replacing Mark Sanchez. 

After the 49-19 thrashing of the Jets was complete, Tebow explained why he was never inserted into the game, despite being active. 

"Two fractured ribs," Tebow announced, adding he suffered the injury on Nov. 11 in Seattle. 

EAST RUTHERFORD -- Bill Belichick became just the eighth coach in NFL history to reach 200 wins in a career in the 49-19 blowout of the Jets Thursday night at MetLife Stadium. The mark includes regular season and the playoffs. 

"It's been a privilege and a great opportunity to coach the players that won those games," Belichick said afterward. "I never made a block, didn't make a tackle, didn't throw a pass, didn't kick a ball. The players won them.

EAST RUTHERFORD -- In a remarkable display of opportunistic and complementary football, the Patriots scored 21 points in 52 seconds, highlighting a 35-point second quarter and 49-19 humiliation of the Jets at MetLife Stadium before a national TV audience. The Patriots all but assured themselves of the division title by improving to 8-3 overall, and 4-0 in the AFC East.

EAST RUTHERFORD -- For the first time since Oct. 21, Aaron Hernandez will be active for the Patriots as they take on the Jets at MetLife Stadium. But starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back/knee) will be inactive, as will newly activated offensive lineman Markus Zusevics. 

Hernandez' return coincides with the loss of Rob Gronkowski for several weeks with a broken left forearm, suffered last week against the Colts. Zusevics was activated hours before the game off the non-football injury list. 

EAST RUTHERFORD – Before taking on the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Thanksgiving night, the Patriots added depth to their offensive line with the activation of rookie OL Markus Zusevics (ZOOZ-uh-vicks) to the active to the 53-man roster from the reserve/non football injury list. To make room, the Patriots released receiver Greg Salas. Zusevics will wear jersey #66.

FOXBORO -- As exepcted, Rob Gronkowski (forearm/hip), Chandler Jones (right ankle) and Logan Mankins (ankle/calf) were all ruled out for the Thanksgiving night game against the Jets at MetLife Stadium. All three missed practice all week before being ruled out Wednesday. The team held another walk through on Wednesday before leaving for New Jersey. 

Gronkowski broke his left forearm blocking on the eighth and final extra point in Sunday's 59-24 rout of the Colts at Gillette Stadium. He had surgery on Monday morning and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. 

Former Patriots and Jets offensive lineman Damien Woody, now an ESPN analyst, checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday to discuss Thursday's Pats-Jets game.

Asked which team has more dislike for the other, Woody said it's the Jets, although he noted: "This time around it's been quiet here in New York from the Jets' perspective."