It’s the return of Mythbusters. This week, we take a look at five of the myths surrounding the regular-season finale between the Patriots and Dolphins, set for Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.



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FOXBORO -- Defensive back Marquice Cole (finger) was the only Patriots player who did not take part in Thursday's practice outdoors in the drizzle on the main Gillette Stadium field.

 

The Patriots will have to try to not look ahead as they enter their regular-season finale against the Dolphins, but that might be tough to do considering all six AFC playoff teams have clinched playoff spots, with exact seedings still to be determined. 



FOXBORO -- Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski lead a list of seven Patriots selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl, announced Wednesday night by the NFL.

FOXBORO -- Repeating the message of his coach five hours earlier, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski told reporters Wednesday that the decision to return to the playing field is not in his hands but rather that of the team's medical staff.

"When the doctors clear me, when the training staff clears me and when I'm medically ready to play, and they let me play, I'm sure that's when I'll be out there," Gronkowski told reporters when asked if he knows whether he'll play this Sunday in the regular season finale against the Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.

FOXBORO -- Tight end Rob Gronkowski was officially listed as "limited" Wednesday as the Patriots held only a light walk-through in their practice bubble at Gillette Stadium. Wednesday marked his fifth day of practice back with the Patriots since returning on Dec. 14 from a broken left forearm. Bill Belichick said earlier in the day that Gronkowski 'was not ready yet' to return to full practice and would let the medical staff determine when and if he would be cleared for Sunday's season finale against the Dolphins.

FOXBORO -- The Patriots Wednesday brought back three players and signed them to the practice squad.

WR Kamar Aiken, RB James Develin and DB Cyhl Quarles were all added to the practice squad. Aiken and Develin were released from the 53-man roster on Dec. 24. Quarles spent a few weeks on the practice squad earlier in the year.

With the 2012 regular season set to come to a close this weekend, we decided to take a look at the quarterback situation for all 32 NFL teams, and here’s what we came up with. We ranked the current starting quarterbacks using a series of metrics, including stats, win-loss record, durability, consistency, potential ceiling, contract situation and intangibles.



FOXBORO -- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday that the medical staff will dictate whether Rob Gronkowski plays this week in the regular season finale against the Dolphins this weekend at Gillette Stadium. Heading into Wednesday's walk-through indoors at the Dana-Farber Field House, Belichick said Gronkowski wasn't ready yet.