Patriots Injury Report for Wednesday
Did Not Participate

S Pat Chung (knee)
S Jarrad Page (calf)
WR Matthew Slater (ankle)
RB Fred Taylor (toe)
NT Vince Wilfork (not injury related)

Full Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre met with the media after practice Wednesday and spoke about the possibility that his fractured left ankle could keep him out of Sunday's game vs. the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. But Favre, who has started in an NFL record 291 consecutive games, still holds out hope that he will be under center on Sunday.


"I want to play, and I want to help this team win," said Favre, who did not practice Wednesday. "I owe that to the guys, I owe that to myself." 


FOXBORO -- Patrick Chung and Vince Wilfork were among the five Patriots players not spotted at practice on Wednesday as the team practiced indoors at the Dana Farber Field House outside Gillette Stadium. The team did not workout in full pads but rather in sweats and shells for the second straight Wednesday.


Also absent were Matthew Slater, Fred Taylor and safety Jarrad Page as the team began on-field preparations for the Minnesota Vikings in Foxboro.


FOXBORO --  Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday he's not overly concerned about charges from Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress that he is one of the best "sign stealers" in the NFL. The Patriots handled the Vikings easily, 31-7, in their last meeting on a Monday night in 2006. 


Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress stood by his comments of earlier in the week when he suggested the Patriots are "some of the all-time great signal stealers" in the NFL. But he added, during a conference call to Patriots' reporters on Wednesday, that every coach does it and they should be credited for being a great organization. 


Randy Moss will make his return to Foxboro as a member of the Vikings on Monday night.</p>
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t going to get drawn into a war of words with Vikings coach Brad Childress.

Childress, who has jabbed at the Patriots several times in recent years, said Monday the Patriots were “some of the all-time great signal stealers,” and referenced a 2006 Monday Night game between the two teams at Minnesota’s Metrodome. Asked about the comments on a Tuesday conference call, Belichick said the focus right now is on Sunday.

For the second straight week, the Patriots occupy the No. 3 spot in the latest edition of the NFL Power Rankings, following New England's great escape from San Diego on Sunday. And while the Steelers' victory over the Dolphins may have smelled fishy, Pittsburgh nevertheless continues to sit atop the football world.


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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning for his weekly interview, and he talked about Sunday's win over the Chargers, the upcoming game against Randy Moss and the Vikings, and his views on the Celtics' chances on the day of their season-opener.


FOXBORO — Vikings coach Brad Childress took a shot at New England on Monday, saying the Patriots were “some of the all-time great signal stealers” and referencing a 2006 game played between New England and Minnesota as proof.