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 ESPNBoston.com 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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Mike Petraglia
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 www.thehallatpatriotplace.com 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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    Adam Schefter

    Adam Schefter

    ESPN’s Adam Schefter checked in for his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Friday to discuss his pick of the Patriots to lose, along with news from around the NFL. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

    The red-hot Patriots take a six-game winning streak into Sunday’s game against the visiting Lions, but Schefter is on the record as predicting a Detroit upset.

    “The Patriots over the last six, seven weeks have developed into the most consistent team certainly in the AFC, maybe in football — the most reliable team in the AFC, and maybe in football,” Schefter said. “I think they’re the surest thing we have going at this point in the season, on November 21st. Now, things can change on Sunday, and I expect the Lions to play a very strong game.”

    Schefter explained that he has a friend in Denver who is a big bettor who tipped him off to a reason why the Lions could pull off the win.

    “He always says that whenever the Vegas money, the line, whatever he’s got, is hovering around 90 percent of the money on one team, that’s always a sure sign that it’s going to go the other way. Like last night [the Raiders upsetting the Chiefs]. And this is one of those games where it’s hovering right around 90 percent for New England.

    “Now, New England’s a better team, New England’s been the hottest team. It’s the reason I’m picking Detroit in this game. I’m the only one. … I picked them to win, which is crazy, and I’m sure they probably won’t. And again, New England is the best team. But I’m doing this on the basis of what my friend in Denver told me. He said. ‘I’m just telling you, everyone — everyone — is on New England. And whenever it gets like that, that’s where it gets a little dicey.’ ”

    Concluded Schefter with a laugh: “So, based on that very scientific formula, I am picking the Detroit Lions  to win the game.”

    Earlier this week Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was suspended by the NFL for the remainder of the season, although the players union is fighting the ruling.

    “I think the league made a very strong statement,” Schefter said. “And I think what has gone on here is, we’re living in a different day and age and a different time. It’s a situation here where the league had gone soft on a lot of different disciplines for players involved in domestic violence, child abuse, anything of that sort. I think, with all the criticism that the league brought upon itself, the league said, ‘We will not do that to ourselves again even if it means we have to over-punish, over-discipline somebody. They can appeal it, we fight it in court, and if we lose then it’s the judge’s fault that overturned our decision if people have a problem with that.’

    “And this, to me, was the safest thing — the safest thing for the NFL to do. We can agree with it, we can disagree with it. You can say it’s too harsh — it probably is. But the fact of the matter is that the league knows that there’s no way anybody can criticize the league for doing what it did with Adrian Peterson now.”

    Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.

    On the situation in Washington with Robert Griffin III: “I think all of this was going on last year. It was going on. Except that Mike Shanahan was viewed as, I guess, the perpetrator, the bad guy, the guy that was responsible for this, and they wound up firing him. And so I think we take a step back now and maybe we view that a little differently. This was going on last year, right? But because they wanted Mike out of town at that point and they were done with him, it was his fault and not the quarterback’s fault.

    “So now they made the coaching change, they brought in a guy that supposedly is going to get the best out of the quarterbacks, and they have Jay Gruden working with RGIII. And we’re still seeing what we saw last year. I mean, what are we seeing this year that’s different than what we saw last year? Nothing. Nothing. Except last year he was coming off the ACL, and last year it was easy to blame the head coach. So now he’s not coming off the ACL, the head coach was fired, they brought in a head coach, so, what are we doing this year to explain this? I think that’s the only difference.”

    On the Raiders almost blowing their first win Thursday night because of excessive celebrating in the final seconds of the game: “I think it just goes to show you, sometimes these young guys, they have to learn how to win. Like, that’s not what you do to learn how to win. And so the veterans, the veteran presence of the Raiders stepped in.

    “How many times do you see a team that’s trying to run out the clock call a timeout because it has no other choice than the alternative that it’s faced with? That’s what the Raiders did. As a defense with the lead, and with the Chiefs having no timeouts, the Raiders defense had to call a timeout to prevent a penalty being called, to prevent Alex Smith running a play against a Raiders defense that was out of place and unprepared to play at that particular moment. Yeah, I mean, it was very Raider-like. Fortunately, they got away with it and were able to come away with their first victory of the season.”

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    Jerry Spar

    FOXBORO — Jonas Gray, fresh from his history-making effort on Sunday night, was not spotted at Patriots practice Friday morning as the team worked out in sweats and shells in the bitter and blustery conditions on the upper grass fields.

    Jonas Gray has suddenly jumped into the top 3 when it comes to offensive opportunities. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

    Jonas Gray has suddenly jumped into the top 3 when it comes to offensive opportunities. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

    FOXBORO — Jonas Gray, fresh from his history-making effort on Sunday night, was not spotted at Patriots practice Friday morning as the team worked out in sweats and shells in the bitter and blustery conditions on the upper grass fields.

    Gray was not on the injury report released by the team on Thursday. Gray’s absence comes a day after the team signed 27-year-old running back LeGarrette Blount off waivers from the Steelers.

    Other active roster players also missing Friday were Dominique Easley (knee), Cameron Fleming (finger/ankle) and Chandler Jones (hip). Blount was again present, wearing his untraditional white No. 60 jersey.

    “I’€™m sure he’€™ll have a regular number,” coach Bill Belichick said Friday morning when asked about a potential number for Sunday against the Lions. “Ask the equipment people about that. Maybe those jerseys got mixed up, I don’€™t know.”

    Sealver Siliga was not in uniform again after being spotted at Wednesday’s practice. Siliga has not been taken off of the short-term designated for return list, so his 21-day clock has not yet been started.

    The Patriots are getting ready for Sunday’s matchup against the Lions Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

    For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

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    Mike Petraglia

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    FOXBORO — Bill Belichick had a heart-to-heart talk with LeGarrette Blount this week.


    FOXBORO — Bill Belichick had a heart-to-heart talk with LeGarrette Blount this week.

    The Patriots coach knows how ugly things ended in Pittsburgh this week, when he walked off the field before the end of the Steelers’ 27-24 win over the Titans in Tennessee. But Belichick also knows how much Blount liked his situation in New England and thinks having an extra running back like Blount could help the Patriots down the stretch.

    “That’ll be up to him, just like everybody else,” Belichick said when asked Friday about the chance he’ll get to play and show his value. “When he gets an opportunity, how much he can take advantage of it, how much he can be productive, what he can do with those opportunities will determine how many more there are. It’s totally up to him. He’s knows that. We’ve talked about that. He knows that’s the way it is and I think he’s excited about it.”

    The Patriots tried to re-sign the 25-year-old Blount in the offseason when he became a free agent but Blount decided to sign a two-year, $3.85 million deal with the Steelers.

    “Well, you know we tried to sign LeGarrette in the offseason. That didn’t work out, which is it’s the NFL, the business part of the NFL. He was released [this week], he was available and we were able to work it out for him to come back here. Glad to have him back.”

    He thought he would have a key role in the Steelers offense, along with Le’Veon Bell. Instead, he ran the ball just 65 times for an impressive 4.1 yards per carry average. He got just 21 touches in the last four games and didn’t have a single carry on Monday night in Tennessee.

    “Pretty much everybody in the league has been playing at this time of year, with some exceptions,” Belichick said of Blount’s game readiness. “I don’t know. We know the player, we have a history with him. I think that was the biggest part of it.”

    Blount debuted Thursday at Patriots practice wearing No. 60. But don’t expect Blount to recreate the Marion Motley look on Sunday against the Lions. Motley wore No. 76 as a star fullback for the Cleveland Browns in the late 1940s and early 50s.

    “I’m sure he’ll have a regular number,” Belichick said. “Ask the equipment people about that. Maybe those jerseys got mixed up. I don’t know.”

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    Mike Petraglia