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Wednesday Injury Report for Patriots-Bengals

09.08.10 at 4:14 pm ET
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Here’s Wednesday’s injury report for the Patriots-Bengals game:

Patriots
Full Participation in Practice

Kyle Arrington (groin)
Ron Brace (ankle)
Tom Brady (right shoulder)
Jermaine Cunningham (ankle)
Brandon Deaderick (toe)
Aaron Hernandez (knee)
Myror Pryor (knee)
Matt Slater (hamstring)

Did Not Participate in Practice
Julian Edelman (foot)
Nick Kaczur (back)
Laurence Maroney (thigh)
Randy Moss (illness)
Terrence Wheatley (foot)

Bengals
Limited Participation

Andre Caldwell (groin)
Jonathan Fanene (hamstring)
Geno Atkins (knee)

Did Not Participate
Brandon Ghee (head)
Brian Leonard (foot)

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Brady not buying ‘it’s not about the money’

09.08.10 at 2:36 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Tom Brady apparently has a bone to pick with Mo Vaughn.

Toward the end of his tenure in Boston with the Red Sox in 1998, Vaughn went on the air with Dale Arnold on WEEI and uttered his now-famous line, “It’s not about the money, Dale.”

Those famous last words were followed by his departure out of town and a new contract with the Anaheim Angels.

Brady, reportedly on the verge of a new $58-80 million deal with the Patriots that would carry him through either the 2013 or 2014 season, would beg to differ.

“I hate when athletes say it’s not about the money,” Brady said Wednesday at Bret Lockett‘s locker to help avoid crowding Randy Moss.

“It’s our job. I think really you love playing the game, that’s why you do it. I think we’re fortunate to get paid for something we love. If we weren’t getting paid, we’d all probably have to find something else to do. There’s no better job in the world that I’d rather have than do what I’m doing. Everything else, for me in my life, really pales in comparison to how much I enjoy this. In that sense, it’s about winning games.”

While saying his focus is all about the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and not the reported contract extension, Brady did offer some philosophical insights as to why getting paid and getting this deal behind him is important.

“I don’t assume anything anymore in life,” Brady said. “I don’t think anything is really guaranteed to us beyond what we have today. I really feel that way. I think that’s a difference approach that I’ve taken over the years. You really never know when your last day may be.”

But Brady followed that up by saying he’s not concerned about his new contract right now.

“It’s not even a part of my thoughts right now,” Brady said. “I haven’t thought about it yesterday, today. I’m just thinking about the team that we have to play.

“I owe that to this team. They all have a lot of things going on, too, but when they come into work, they’re focused on the team.”

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Patriots Wednesday practice report: No Randy Moss

09.08.10 at 1:49 pm ET
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FOXBORO — In keeping with last year’s tradition of taking Wednesdays off during the regular season, Randy Moss was not spotted during the open portion of Wednesday practice on the lower practice field at Gillette Stadium.

Additionally, Terrence Wheatley, Nick Kaczur and Quinn Ojinnaka were not spotted at practice either. Meanwhile, Julian Edelman and Laurence Maroney were on the sidelines in sweats.

Ojinnaka is not eligible to practice this week as he is serving a one-game league-mandated suspension for a domestic issue involving his wife in May 2009.

The team practiced in full pads and helmets in the hot and humid conditions.

The team is getting ready for its season opener Sunday at home against Cincinnati.

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Nuggetpalooza’s Pats schedule preview: Miami

09.08.10 at 10:51 am ET
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The Patriots travel to Miami on Monday night, Oct. 4, at 8:30 p.m.  They host the Dolphins in the regular-season finale on  Jan. 2 at 1 p.m.

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What The Dolphins Did Well Last Season:

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* – Engineered Long Drives: The Dolphins were 3rd with 36 drives of 10+ plays… They scored on 31 of those drives (1st) and tallied 160 points on them (1st).

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* – Clutch Third Down Offense: The Dolphins converted 49.0% of their third down tries last season, the 2nd highest percentage in the league (Indianapolis, 49.2%).  On 3rd and short (3 yards or less), they converted 60 of 76 tries, an NFL-best 79% rate.  They were also among the league’s best at converting 3rd downs in the red zone, going 20-35 (57.1%):

61.5% – Indianapolis Colts
57.1% – Miami Dolphins
52.2% – Arizona Cardinals

49.1% of Miami’s third down pass attempts went for first downs last season, the highest percentage by a Dolphins team since they began tracking the stat in 1991.

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* – Moved The Sticks On The Ground: Miami converted 129 first downs via rushing plays in 2009, the 2nd most in the league:

132 – New York Jets
129 – Miami Dolphins
123 – Carolina Panthers

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* – Consistently Rushed For Decent Gains: 46.6% of Miami’s rushes gained 4 or more yards in 2009, the 3rd highest percentage in the NFL:

48.8% – Buffalo Bills
47.2% – Detroit Lions
46.6% – Miami Dolphins

For some context, the NFL average was 42.5%.

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* – Cashed In Their Red Zone Opportunities: The Dolphins came away with points on 48 of 54 trips inside the red zone last season (89%), tied for 3rd best in the league.  What’s more, they averaged 5.11 points per red zone trip, also 3rd best in the NFL:

5.48 – Arizona Cardinals
5.30 – Indianapolis Colts
5.11 – Miami Dolphins

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Tom Brady discusses contract, Jets’ arrogance on D&C

09.08.10 at 7:33 am ET
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning, in the wake of reports that he is about to sign a new contract with the team.

Brady refused repeated requests to discuss the status of his negotiations but made it clear how he feels about the team.

“There’s always communication happening with the team, for, going on my 11th year. I’ve been communicating with them a lot about a lot of things,” Brady said. “It’s pretty uncomfortable actually talking about a contract because I know how coach [Bill] Belichick feels talking about it and how Mr. [Robert] Kraft does and Jonathan [Kraft] does. I don’t want to get into it. For me, it’s the same as it’s been. I’m trying to find a way to score some touchdowns against the Bengals. I didn’t spend five minutes yesterday thinking about my contract or my future. I thought about how we’re going to beat the Bengals.”

Added Brady: “The reality is I have a job to do, and my job isn’t revolved around worrying about what my future is right now. My job is to be the best leader for this team that I can be and really to get ready to play the Bengals and play really well. Because of that, I think it’s pretty selfish if I sit here and that’s all I worry about it is myself. That’s not how I feel. I feel like I’m excited to finally get to the regular season and really get out there and do what I really love to do, which is to go out and play football for real.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

On if he would feel more comfortable having a deal in place before Sunday’s game:

I think everybody on our team would. Every player on our team would love that, every coach would. But that’s not the way things work. Listen, I love the Patriots, I love the organization. What Mr. Kraft has done for me and my family over the years, I’m always grateful. To play for coach Belichick, there’s no coach I’d rather play for. That’s how I’ve felt, that’s how I’ll feel today, tomorrow, Sunday, the following week, for as long as I ever am playing, and beyond my playing years I’ll be grateful for what I have here.

On if he thinks he’ll finish his career with the Patriots:

I’m always hopeful. Like I said, I love being here. The thought of playing somewhere else is not a very good thought for me. It’s not a very good feeling. I would never want that to happen. And at the same time, I think all of us players guard against that, because we’ve seen so many other players, Hall of Fame players, guys who are really the best that’s ever played at their position, have to move teams. And I understand that.

Look at coach Belichick. He was in Cleveland, he was with the Giants, he was with the Jets. It’s hard to say. I don’t make all those decisions. If it were up to me, I would be, but you’ve got to have a team that wants you to, and I’ve got to be able to perform at the level that they expect me to for that work.

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Poll: Most memorable openers under Belichick

09.07.10 at 10:22 pm ET
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With the Patriots’ 2010 regular-season opener against the Bengals set for Sunday, we were interested in getting your take on which opener since Bill Belichick took over was the most memorable. Click here for our opinion, and cast your vote here:

What is the most memorable regular-season opener the Patriots have had since Bill Belichick became head coach?

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Pats add three to practice squad, including McKenzie

09.07.10 at 1:51 pm ET
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The Patriots have signed cornerback Tony Carter, linebacker Tyrone McKenzie and cornerback Prince Miller to the practice squad today. In addition, they released tight end Jeron Mastrud from the practice squad.

Here’s a portion of the release issued by the team, and a quick YouTube look at the two new guys (Carter and Miller):

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