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No Kaczur and Wheatley at start of Patriots practice

09.23.10 at 1:34 pm ET
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FOXBORO ‘€” Just got back from the start of Patriots practice, and there were no changes in the attendance report ‘€” only offensive lineman Nick Kaczur and cornerback Terrence Wheatley were missing from the media portion of the session.

Two points also worth passing along ‘€” as we were leaving practice, Wheatley strolled past reporters in sweats on his way out for some kind of workout. And the newly-acquired Danny Woodhead was spotted working with the running backs at the start of practice.

The practice was held in full pads on the upper fields behind Gillette Stadium.

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Solomon Wilcots on D&H: Second half vs. Jets ‘un-Patriot-like’

09.22.10 at 10:39 pm ET
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CBS and NFL Network analyst Solomon Wilcots made an appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to discuss the state of the Patriots after Sunday’€™s loss to the Jets, as well as several other topics around the NFL. The Patriots play the Bills on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

“Instead of them really being patient, I think it was un-Patriot like,” Wilcots said of the Patriots’ second-half performance Sunday. “They weren’€™t working underneath the covers; they kept going deep. Many coaches will tell you that when you take that many shots and you’€™re not effective, it hurts your entire offense.”

Following are some highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

What did you see this weekend against the Jets?

Well, obviously we saw a Patriots offense that was very effective in the first half and not too efficient or effective in the second half. After they had the touchdown to Randy Moss, which was a beautiful catch over Darrelle Revis, I kind of felt like we could get more of that. Instead of them really being patient, I think it was un-Patriot like. … They weren’€™t working underneath the covers; they kept going deep. … Many coaches will tell you that when you take that many shots and you’€™re not effective, it hurts your entire offense. … I would’€™ve loved to see them work the tight ends, work the underneath coverage, work Wes Welker and Julian Edelman a little bit more, and I thought the offense would’€™ve stayed on schedule and stayed on track.

What are your thoughts on what Kevin Faulk brought to the table in the New England offense?

In my mind, Kevin Faulk is just the gold standard for that third-down back position. [He provides] protection for his quarterback in Tom Brady, ability to not only be a check-down guy, but he usually makes the first tackler miss, and his ability to turn those situations into first downs I think is what makes him supreme. … At the end of the day, he’€™s the best. This is a real blow to their offense because he and Wes Welker, more than any two single players, are what make this offense go. … There’€™s going to be a lot missing without him on the field.

Is Aaron Hernandez a candidate to fill in as an H-back?

Well, I think that’€™s the reason why they go to the tight ends; they love the multiple tight end set. … I loved this kid when he was coming out of Florida. I thought it was a great pick … and I think he’€™s already shown you what he brings to the table.

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ATHF’s Carl Brutananadilewski weighs in on Patriots-Jets

09.22.10 at 9:34 pm ET
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I know this isn’t the sort of thing that usually shows up here and it’s a week late, but when it comes to me and “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” well … all bets are off. ATHF regular Carl Brutananadilewski weighs in on the Jets and Patriots, and offers his “Stone Cold Lock of the Century … of the Week.” Enjoy.

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Patriots put Faulk on IR

09.22.10 at 5:20 pm ET
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The Patriots officially placed running back Kevin Faulk on injured reserve Wednesday, ending his 2010 season.

Faulk tore an ACL in his right knee in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Jets. Both he and Bill Belichick confirmed Wednesday that the injury would mean the end of Faulk’s season.

Here is the press release from the Patriots:

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that RB Kevin Faulk has been placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Faulk has filled various roles since joining the team in 1999 as a second-round pick (46th overall) out of LSU. He is the Patriots’ all-time leader in all-purpose yards (12,247) and kickoff return yards (4,098) as well as the franchise’s all-time leading return specialist, totaling 5,030 combined return yards (4,098 kick return yards and 932 punt return yards).

He ranks fifth in Patriots history in rushing yards (3,550), fourth in receptions (424), tenth in pass receiving yards (3,667) and sixth in total punt return yards (932). Faulk recorded the longest non-touchdown kickoff return in team history when he covered 95 yards on a return against the New York Jets (11/15/99).

For his career, he has played in 154 games and has accumulated 3,550 yards rushing on 847 attempts for a 4.2-yard average with 16 touchdowns, caught 424 passes for 3,667 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns, returned 181 kicks for 4,098 yards and two touchdowns and returned 99 punts for 932 yards. He is one of just six NFL players this decade to total 3,000 rushing yards and 3,000 receiving yards (Tiki Barber, Brian Westbrook, Marshall Faulk, Michael Pittman and LaDanian Tomlinson).

Faulk is the Patriots’ all-time leader in receptions by a running back, totaling 424 career receptions. He is the 26th running back in NFL history to reach 400 receptions and his 3,667 receiving yards are third among active NFL running backs.

Bits from Brady, 9/22

09.22.10 at 4:13 pm ET
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Here are a few highlights from Tom Brady‘€™s Wednesday afternoon Q&A with the media here at Gillette Stadium:

Q: (On the loss of Kevin Faulk)
TB: Yeah’€¦very few guys over the years have played as well and consistently at such a high level as Kevin. He’€™s been one part of this offense that’€™s been so dependable for us, and reliable. There’€™s nobody like him. He’€™s such a unique person, a unique talent, a unique spirit about him. [Kevin] always provides great leadership, so it’€™s a big loss for us. Knowing what he’€™s going through, it’€™s always a challenging time. Believe me, when you love football as much as Kevin does or you love the team as much as Kevin does, he takes it really to heart that he can’€™t be out there with us. So, it’€™s an unfortunate injury. We have to move forward, and other guys are going to have to step into those roles that I explained and really try to live up to what he was doing back there for us.

Q: How big of a security blanket was he for you personally in those critical situations on the field?
TB: Yeah, you could [depend on him], and that’€™s a certain thing. As a quarterback, you’€™re looking for the guys that you can trust. That’€™s what Kevin has always done. When you call Kevin’€™s number, he’€™s open. He catches the ball. He makes a play. He makes a first down, or he gets the ball in the end zone in the most critical situations. So, that’€™s something that takes a special kind of person to be up for that. Like I said, other people are going to have to fill in for that role and it may provide other opportunities for guys who have not been in that role to step in there and prove what they can do.

Q: Having gone through a similar knee injury, what advice would you have for him?
TB: Kevin will come back from it. He’€™s come back from everything in his life. Kevin’€™s a fighter. He’€™s a warrior. It’€™s just about hard work, that’€™s all it is. Kev will do that.
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Patriots Injury Report for Wednesday

09.22.10 at 4:01 pm ET
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Patriots Injury Report

Running back Kevin Faulk (knee–will be placed on IR)

Did Not Practice
Cornerback Terrence Wheatley (foot)
Offensive lineman Nick Kaczur (back)

Limited Participation
WR Julian Edelman (foot)

Full Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)

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Brady: ‘The season is not lost’

09.22.10 at 3:47 pm ET
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made an appearance with WAAF’€™s ‘€œHill-Man Morning Show’€ Tuesday, and talked about the loss to the Jets, the blowback from his comments about the crowd noise at Gillette and what it would take for him to cut his hair. (For the complete audio of the Q&A, click here.) Here are a few quick highlights:

Now that you’€™ve had a chance to take a look at some of the film, is ‘€œsucked’€ still the way to describe that game on Sunday?
Well, it certainly wasn’€™t what we need to do to win these tough games. I don’€™t think there’€™s too many guys who didn’€™t have sleepless nights on Sunday night. It was a tough day yesterday to get in there and watch the film. It always is after a loss because you have such high expectations for the game but we’€™re going to come out this week and hopefully put on a better performance. I’€™m excited to get back out on the practice field. I think that’€™s the best way to get over a loss.

Is it more frustrating because it’€™s the Jets?
Probably. Probably. I think it’€™s more frustrating because of the way we played in the first half. When you look at the game, you think, ‘€˜Man, that’€™s just ‘€¦ if we could just be more consistent, obviously, we’€™d win the game.’€™ But we weren’€™t, and that’€™s part of it. I wish every game we’€™d go out and win 60-0, but that’€™s not the reality of it.  We’€™ve got to find a way to make the corrections and then hopefully come out and play better this week.

On the second-half ‘€¦ whose fault is that?
You know, I think there’€™s ‘€¦ there’€™s different things that our offense tries to do and be productive. I don’€™t think it had anything to do with the play calls. It was our level of execution. So ‘€¦ our execution wasn’€™t very good. Because of that, we were not able to stay on the field. If we’€™re not making any plays as an offense, you’€™re not going to be able to move the sticks and run enough plays. So like I said, it’€™s a frustrating loss, but I think at the same time, there’€™s a lot of good things we saw from the younger players that really warrant them being on the field, specifically Aaron Hernandez. He’€™s really becoming a dependable player for us. We’€™ve got to continue to build on some of the positives and also look at some of the things we didn’€™t do so well and move on from those also.
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