FOXBORO -- Like a baseball umpire, it’s best for an offensive lineman best to toil in anonymity. If anyone talks about you, it’s usually because you’ve screwed up, not because they want to praise your work.



FOXBORO -- Linebacker Tracy White, running back Brandon Bolden, tight end Aaron Hernandez and defensive end Trevor Scott were all not present at the start of Patriots practice on Tuesday afternoon, a session that was held in full pads on the lower field behind Gillette Stadium. Hernandez may have an excused absence, as his brother DJ Tweeted earlier Tuesday afternoon: "I'm an uncle. Avielle Janelle Hernandez was born. Love u Aaron and Shay. Can't wait to see u all."

It's so easy to take Tom Brady for granted.



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Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Monday that the team took everything into consideration when deciding whether to trade for troubled cornerback Aqib Talib. 

Talib, a former first-round pick of the Buccaneers, has been arrested multiple times and currently is serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on banned substances. 

The NFL announced Monday that the Nov. 18 game between the Patriots and the Colts, which was originally scheduled for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Gillette Stadium, has been moved to 4:25 p.m. The Week 11 matchup -- the first week of the season where flex scheduling can come into play -- will be the first-ever meeting between Tom Brady and rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Tom Brady joined Dennis & Callahan for his weekly Monday morning chat, with the Patriots coming off the bye week and preparing for a game against the Bills in Foxboro.

"It will be fun to get back to football," Brady said. "It feels weird, you know, it's hard to stop your mind from thinking about the game. It's impossible to do that when all these other teams are playing. So, you just kind of get a little bit of rest while you can, and we're back to work today. It will be fun to get started on Buffalo."

Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports joined Mut & Merloni on Friday for his weekly discussion of the Patriots and NFL news. The big news this week is the Pats' acquisition of Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib.

King noted the risk in bringing in a player "who really has had almost nothing but trouble in his NFL career" and might be overrated.

Patriots safety Patrick Chung joined Mut & Merloni on Friday morning as the Patriots enjoy a bye week.

Chung didn’t play last week and had to watch the game from home as he didn’t travel to London. He said he wanted to be out there.

“I said I was going to try my hardest to get out there," Chung said. "I was working, man, it’s looking better. … There’s nothing I can do about it, got to just keep working tough and try to get out there.”

Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, and he had positive things to say about the Patriots' acquisition of controversial cornerback Aqib Talib a day earlier.

FOXBORO -- The Patriots acquired cornerback Aqib Talib and a 2013 seventh-round pick from the Buccaneers on Thursday in exchange for a 2013 fourth-round draft pick. Talib is currently suspended for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He is under contract through the end of the season.