Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork is a man who always speaks his mind. On Thursday, he spoke his mind about the 11-1 Houston Texans, the team he and the 9-3 Patriots will be battling Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

FOXBORO -- Logan Mankins (ankle) and Chandler Jones (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday and were among 12 Patriots limited in sweats and shells practice outside Gillette Stadium.

Rob Gronkowski (forearm) and Nick McDonald (shoulder) were the only ones to miss practice among those eligible to participate. Brandon Bolden also returned and was not listed on the injury report after missing two weeks prior to his four-week PED suspension with a knee injury. 

Each week going forward, we’re going to look at some of the commonly held misconceptions regarding the upcoming Patriots game. This week, we take a look at the five myths surrounding New England’s Monday night matchup with the Texans at Gillette Stadium.

After being spotted at Patriots practice for a second straight day, and barring any late setbacks, Logan Mankins and Chandler Jones will be ready to play Monday night when the Patriots host the Texans at Gillette Stadium, according to a report by CSNNE's Mike Giardi. 

Giardi tweeted Thursday, "being told Logan Mankins will play Monday, barring a setback. Pats plan all along. He'll join Chandler Jones." 

Despite the fact that the Texans lead the AFC with an 11-1 record, they’re not without vulnerabilities. With that in mind, here’s a five-point plan for the Patriots to knock off the Texans Monday night at Gillette:

FOXBORO -- After missing the last several weeks of practice and games with ankle injuries, Logan Mankins and Chandler Jones were both spotted at Wednesday's walkthrough practice inside Dana-Farber Field House Wednesday afternoon. 

Also in attendance was Dan Connolly, who has been battling back issues that forced him to miss the second half of Sunday's game against the Dolphins. 

Practice was very informal as several players were in sweats with no jersey identification. 

The Patriots and the Texans will meet Monday night at Gillette Stadium in what some believe will be a preview of the AFC championship game.

The Patriots made a pair of expected moves official on Tuesday afternoon, announcing that they had acquired wide receiver Donte' Stallworth and moved wide receiver Julian Edelman to injured reserve. In addition, they released offensive lineman Mitch Petrus and signed offensive linemen Tommie Draheim and Colin Miller to the practice squad.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has a broken foot which will require surgery and likely require the wideout to be placed on season-ending injured reserve, according to a report from WBZ-TV's Dan Roche.

Remember when the regular-season showdown between the Patriots and Colts was simply the first act of a two-part miniseries that everyone thought was ultimately going to be settled down the road? CBS cranked up the hype machine, national writers fell back on the default “good vs.