Cameron Fleming

Cameron Fleming

FOXBORO — Chandler Jones will miss his fourth straight game with a hip injury while Cameron Fleming’s ankle injury suffered Sunday night against the Colts will keep him out of this weekend’s game against the Lions.

The two players were the only ones ruled out Friday after being two of the four players who missed practice. The team worked out in the cold for a second straight day in preparation for the game at Gillette Stadium. Also missing Friday was Dominique Easley. He missed practice for a second straight game with a knee issue but is officially questionable for Sunday.

Jonas Gray appeared on the report but only because he missed practice after showing up late at Gillette Stadium on Friday morning. He was sent home but was expected to return later in the day to apologize for oversleeping.

Fleming is also listed with a finger issue. But the finger, which is said to be still an issue, is likely not what’s keeping him from playing Sunday. Fleming was spotted with a big walking boot on his foot as he made his way through the locker room on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Jones hasn’t practiced since suffering the hip injury in Week 7. Both Fleming and Jones missed the entire week.

For the Lions, defensive lineman Nick Fairley once again did not practice and was ruled out with a knee injury. Offensive lineman Nick Warford was also officially ruled out, also suffering from a knee injury. Reggie Bush (ankle) is officially questionable after being limited all week in practice.

Here is Friday’s complete Patriots practice report:

Did not practice

OL Cameron Fleming (finger/ankle) OUT
DE Chandler Jones (hip) OUT
DL Dominique Easley (knee) QUESTIONABLE
RB Jonas Gray (not injury related)

Limited participation

OL Marcus Cannon (hip) QUESTIONABLE
S Nate Ebner (finger) QUESTIONABLE
WR Julian Edelman (thigh) PROBABLE

Full participation

QB Tom Brady (ankle) PROBABLE

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Mike Petraglia

Rob Gronkowski received a 15-yard, unnecessary roughness penalty for his block of Colts safety Sergio Brown out of bounds after Jonas Gray’

Rob Gronkowski received a 15-yard, unnecessary roughness penalty for his block of Colts safety Sergio Brown out of bounds after Jonas Gray’s fourth touchdown Sunday night.

That wasn’t his only penalty coming from the play.

Gronkowski was fined $8,268 by the NFL on Friday for unnecessary roughness after the whistle.

“He was just yappin’ at me the whole time,” Gronkowski told NBCSN after the Patriots beat the Colts, 42-20. “So I took him and threw him out of the club.”

Gronkowski and the Patriots will host the Lions Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

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FOXBORO — Jonas Gray spoiled his perfect week in the NFL on Friday.

According to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal, the running back who rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday showed up late to work Friday morning at Gillette Stadium, and as a result was absent at practice.

Jonas Gray (right) was running late Friday. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Jonas Gray (right) was running late Friday. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Jonas Gray spoiled his perfect week in the NFL on Friday.

According to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal, the running back who rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday showed up late to work Friday morning at Gillette Stadium, and as a result was absent at practice.

Daniels reported the running back was expected to return to a Gillette Stadium later in the day, but missed the team’s early afternoon practice because he was late to the facility. He was not on the team’s injury report all week and indications remain that he is not injured.

The irony of the situation was made even greater when the Hall at Patriot Place announced Friday a special tribute in their museum to Gray’s record-breaking performance last Sunday. Gray’s performance also earned him many national accolades this week, including a spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Gray is not the first Patriots player to show up late this season. Darrelle Revis missed a practice in October before the team’s game against Chicago because he was tardy.

Mike Reiss of reports that Gray set his alarm on his phone and the phone died overnight, causing him to oversleep.

Gray was one of four players missing from practice Friday, along with Dominique Easley (knee), Cameron Fleming (ankle/finger) and Chandler Jones (hip).

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Joseph Fauria celebrates a touchdown in the 2013 season. (Getty Images)

Joseph Fauria celebrates a touchdown in the 2013 season. (Getty Images)

FOXBORO — When Bill Belichick looks across the field Sunday at Lions tight end Joseph Fauria, he won’t exactly be reminded of Fauria’s uncle that played on a pair of Super Bowl-winning teams.

Belichick was asked Friday if he sees any similarities between Joe and Christian, the latter of whom played four of his 13 NFL seasons with the Patriots (2002-05).

“Yeah, I’€™d say their style of play is quite a bit different,” Belichick said.

Fauria’s most productive season came in his first year, 2002, when he caught seven touchdowns and 27 passes while playing all 16 games. As a matter of fact, Fauria didn’t miss a single game in his Patriots’ career.

“Christian really coming out of Colorado I thought was a little bit undersized, but a legitimate three-down tight end,” Belichick said. “Even though he was a little undersized, he had real good playing strength, he had good hand strength, he could lock on to guys. He didn’€™t get tossed around like some guys his size did. I thought he played bigger than maybe his weight size would indicate. He was a good receiving tight end. Not elite, but good. He was really an every-down player. When he was in his prime, he didn’€™t really have to come off the field. I don’€™t think you would have to take him off the field, you would do it situationally, but I don’€™t think you have to do it.”

In his rookie season last year, Joe Fauria matched Christian’s 2002 season of seven touchdowns but has none so far this season and has played in just four of Detroit’s first 10 games.

“His nephew really hasn’€™t had that kind of opportunity,” Belichick said. “They have [Brandon] Pettigrew and now they have [Eric] Ebron. They have a pretty good stable of tight ends there. He’€™s one of them.

“But they have pretty good depth at that position. Most of his opportunities have come more in the passing game. But I would say that just watching him on film, his blocking has improved. We played them last year in the preseason and he had a couple touchdowns against us. He killed us there. But I’€™d say he’€™s definitely improved as an overall player and I’€™d say his blocking has improved quite a bit from last year.”

Of course, the one area both have in common is touchdown celebrations. The Patriots got to see Joseph’s up close and personal during a 2013 preseason game in Detroit, won handily by the Lions.

“There you go,” Belichick said with a smile.

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Jonas Gray

Jonas Gray

FOXBORO — Jonas Gray had a night no Patriots fan will ever forget. Now, they’ll always be reminded of it when they step in the team’s Hall of Fame and museum.

The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon announced Friday that its latest additions come Gray’s record-setting four touchdown game Sunday night in Indianapolis.

Gray had 201 yards on 37 carries and four rushing scores in New England’s 42-20 victory over the Colts on Sunday night football, scoring a TD in each quarter of the game.

Gray had 100 yards in the first half and 101 yards in the second half to become the first Patriots player to have 100 yards rushing in each half. He also became the third Patriots player to rush for 200 yards in a game and the first NFL player to score his first four career rushing touchdowns in one game since Herb Henderson of the Evansville Crimson Giants in 1921.

Gray’€™s performance earned him the NFL’€™s AFC Offensive Player of the Week award for Week 11. Fans visiting The Hall can now see Gray’€™s game-worn jersey and the ball he carried into the end zone for his record-setting fourth touchdown.

Other artifacts from the 2014 season on display include:

  • The jersey worn by Tom Brady when he eclipsed 50,000 career passing yards on Oct. 5 against the Bengals in Week 5, along with the ball he threw to accomplish the feat.
  • The gloves worn by defensive lineman Chris Jones and the ball he blocked during a game-winning field goal attempt to preserve a Patriots’€™ 27-25 victory over the New York Jets in Week 7 on Thursday night football.
  • The gloves and jersey worn by Rob Gronkowski when he caught his 50th career touchdown pass in his 59th career game on Nov. 2 against the Broncos. Gronkowski became the second-fastest player (tied with Randy Moss) to reach the 50-touchdown reception plateau. Gronkowski wore the same jersey on Oct. 26, when he teamed with Brady to set a franchise record for most touchdown connections between a quarterback and receiver of any position. The tandem entered the game having connected for 45 career touchdowns (tied with Drew Bledsoe and Ben Coates for most in franchise history), but Gronkowski’€™s three touchdown receptions against the Bears established a new team record.
  • The headset worn by head coach Bill Belichick during his 200th career regular-season win against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2. Belichick enters Week 12 fifth all-time in NFL history with 207 career regular-season wins.

    Additionally, fans can also visit The Hall’€™s featured exhibit, ‘€œNew England Faithful: 20 Seasons with the Krafts,’€ which looks back at the Kraft family’€™s first 20 years of ownership and highlights the team’€™s and the owner’€™s many accomplishments over two decades. The exhibit touches on Robert Kraft’€™s purchase of the team and its rise to prominence in the NFL.

    The Hall is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check for schedule changes and closings. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and active military with ID and $5 for children ages 5 to 12.

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