FOXBORO — Walt Coleman — the same referee who presided over the “Tuck Rule” call in January 2002 — is set to work as the lead official for Sunday’€™s Patriots-Bills game, according to Football Zebras.

FOXBORO — Defensive back Nate Ebner and offensive lineman Cameron Fleming were the only two players missing from the walkthrough Wednesday afternoon

Both Ebner and Fleming, who missed practice all last week and were sidelined for last Sunday’s game against the Bengals, are both suffering from finger injuries.

Tom Brady won't be around forever, and Patriots fans should enjoy his final years in Foxboro rather than focus on who will be his successor. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)"Brady isn't mobile enough."



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FOXBORO — Bill Belichick offered high praise to Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins on Wednesday, calling the Clemson product “Larry Fitzgerald-like” in terms of what he was able to do last week against Detroit.

FOXBORO — Offensive lineman Chris Martin and defensive lineman Joe Vellano have been brought back to the Patriots practice squad.

Martin spent the first three weeks of the 2014 season on the Patriots practice squad. Vellano was released from the 53-man roster on Monday.

To make room, the Patriots released OL Caylin Hauptmann from the practice squad.

Going into Sunday’s game with the Bengals it was clear the Patriots were short on depth at the linebacker position even before Dont’a Hightower was inactive for the game, so to provide depth at the position they promoted Ja’Gared Davis from the practice squad.

NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Tuesday to discuss the Patriots. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

ESPN NFL analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, in his weekly visit on WEEI’s Dale &

Six days after getting crushed by the Chiefs, Tom Brady and the Patriots were able to respond nicely with a win over the Bengals.</p>
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The Patriots announced Monday that they have added cornerback Brandon Browner and wide receiver Brian Tyms to the 53-man roster. To make room, they have released defensive lineman Joe Vellano and placed defensive end Michael Buchanan on injured reserve. Here’s a portion of the release issued by the team on the moves.