Denver linebacker Von Miller and Patriots safety Patrick Chung were each hit with fines of $7,500 for infractions during last week's AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium, according to multiple reports. Chung was penalized for unnecessary roughness for a second-quarter hit, while Miller was also flagged for unnecessary roughness after taking a shot at Patriots center Dan Connolly following a late punt by quarterback Tom Brady. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

FOXBORO -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was removed from Friday's injury report and fully participated in practice again, the second straight day of "full participation" after missing Wednesday due to a reported sprained AC joint in his left shoulder.

FOXBORO -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Friday morning that they want to do everything possible to keep impending free agent Wes Welker. Speaking with a group of reporters at Gillette Stadium, Kraft said “hopefully, when the season ends, both sides will be wise enough to consummate something.”

“Well, I think Wes wants to be here, and we want him here,” Kraft said. “He’s pretty special. Anytime there’s a player on this team I can look eye to eye and be at the same level, he’s an important guy.”

FOXBORO – Robert Kraft is right. Bill Belichick is the best coach in the history of the NFL.

Simple. No question.



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Speaking on WFAN in New York Friday, Jets head coach Rex Ryan said, "First off, the Ravens are going to win this game," when referring to Baltimore's AFC Championship matchup against the Patriots Sunday.

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady has a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder, a condition that will require six weeks of rest and treatment to return to full strength, according to an NFL Network report on Friday. Brady missed all of Wednesday's practice to receive rest and rehab on the shoulder as part of a schedule the team has created for the star quarterback.

Sports Illustrated's Peter King checked in with Mut & Merloni Friday for his weekly discussion about the Patriots and the NFL. King is predicting a Harbaugh will advance to the Super, but not the one who coaches the Ravens.

FOXBORO -- Practice squad tight end/receiver Dorin Dickerson was the only player not spotted at Patriots practice on the main Gillette Stadium field Friday as the team wrapped up it's on-field preparation for Sunday's AFC championship tilt against the Ravens. Vince Wilfork wasn't spotted during the media portion until the very end of warmups but was in attendance as practice began. 

The team practiced in sweats and shells and will hold a walkthrough on Saturday before taking on Baltimore Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET. 

FOXBORO -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft revealed Friday that before Bill Belichick began his dynasty in 2000, there were TV network executives who told him not to hire him. 

"He had a history in Cleveland," Kraft said. "His first year with us, he went 5-11 and then he went 1-3, so he was 6-14. I had people sending me tapes of him doing press conferences and heads of networks tell me I shouldn't hire him. But what I learned is this guy really knew the game. I think Bill's brillance is understanding what fits for our team."

FOXBORO -- An emotional and passionate Robert Kraft spoke for over 25 minutes Friday morning, just over 48 hours after his team takes the field in the AFC championship for the seventh time in his stewardship of the Patriots. In a year that has seen him help settle the NFL labor dispute in late July, just five days after losing his beloved wife Myra to cancer, Kraft spoke from the heart about what this team means to him.