The Patriots have released wide receiver Deion Branch and defensive back Malcolm Williams, and have added wide receiver Greg Salas and cornerback Aqib Talib to the 53-man roster. The 33-year-old Branch has nine catches on the season, his 11th in the league, while Williams has been up and down between the active roster and the practice squad throughout the course of the season.

The Patriots announced Saturday that safety Tavon Wilson (ankle) has been added to the injury report as probable. The rookie out of Illinois is tied for the team lead with three interceptions on the season. The 6-foot, 210-pounder is one of four New England players who are listed as probable for Sunday's game, a group that includes wide receiver Julian Edelman (hand), defensive tackle Kyle Love (knee) and linebacker Jerod Mayo (elbow). For more Patriots news, check out

It took just one dreadful year for the Colts to put themselves in position to have decades of elite quarterback play. 

FOXBORO -- It was a hit that separated Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick from his helmet and earned him a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty. Now, the NFL has fined Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes $25,000 for his tackle in the fourth quarter. 

FOXBORO -- Logan Mankins missed his third straight practice on Friday with a left ankle injury and is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Colts. Friday's injury report includes 16 listed officially as questionable, including Aaron Hernandez, who has missed the last two games with a recurrence of his sprained right ankle, initially injured on Sept. 16 against the Cardinals. Wes Welker and Dan Connolly both returned to practice on Friday and are also listed as questionable. Here is Friday's complete report: 

Did Not Practice

Aaron Hernandez won't play Sunday against the Colts, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network. The tight end, who was a participant in Friday's practice, will sit again because of an injured ankle, the third consecutive week he's been sidelined. The injury, which he initially suffered in a Week 2 loss to the Cardinals, has limited the tight end to just four games this season. On the year, he has 17 catches on 24 targets for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

Sports Illustrated's Peter King made his weekly Mut & Merloni appearance on Friday to talk about the Patriots-Colts game and other NFL news.

The Colts are 6-3 despite having a high number of new players this season, including a rookie quarterback in Andrew Luck.

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick said Friday that newly acquired cornerback Aqib Talib is making progress in learning the Patriots defensive scheme. Belichick did not make any commitment as to whether Talib will be ready to play and/or start for the Patriots this Sunday when they take on Andrew Luck and the Colts at Gillette Stadium. 

FOXBORO -- Logan Mankins was the only player missing from Patriots practice in sweats and shells inside Gillette Stadium on Friday. Mankins injured his left ankle last Sunday in the second half of the win over the Bills and did not return to the game. He left Gillette Stadium in a walking boot after the game and has missed all three practices this week. 

FOXBORO -- As we were sitting in the press box before last Sunday’s game against the Bills, I turned to my colleague Kirk Minihane and asked if he thought Logan Mankins had any chance of playing with calf and hip injuries.

I should’ve known better.