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Jerod Mayo on D&C: ‘We never will accept losing around here’

11.12.10 at 7:13 am ET
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Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show early Friday morning. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Mayo talked about last Sunday’s disappointing loss to the Browns. “First and foremost, it was just energy,” he said. “We came out a little flat.”

Mayo said Bill Belichick has not been a pleasant person this week, his usual persona after a loss. “We never will accept losing around here,” Mayo said. “Ever since I was drafted to New England, it’s been that way. It’s a bad feeling when you come around here after a loss.”

However, Mayo said there is a silver lining to the loss, as the team has studied film of the game and been able to identify and work on correcting its problems, especially with technique. “It’s worth losing if you can learn a lot, and I think we did,” he said.

Looking ahead to this Sunday’s game, Mayo knows the Patriots will be in for a challenge against the Steelers but won’t let the loss in Cleveland affect their confidence. “Before last week, we were taking some steps in the right direction, especially with our run defense and things like that,” he said. “Pittsburgh’s a run-first team. So, I think if we get back to the basics and stop the run, we’ll have a good chance of winning the game. Pittsburgh has struggled a little bit in close games. I think if we keep it close, then we’ll have a good chance.”

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Patriots vote in favor of decertification

11.11.10 at 6:11 pm ET
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FOXBORO ‘€” In a meeting with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith on Thursday afternoon, the Patriots voted to decertify the union in case of a lockout.

The decertification process is a routine step in the process to prepare the union for collective bargaining, which is ongoing between the NFL and the NFLPA. Decertification would give the union a chance to sue under antitrust laws if there is a lockout. Without decertification, the union would have to wait six months to file a suit after the collective bargaining agreement expired.

Prior to their meeting with Smith ‘€” which included updates about the ongoing labor negotiations between the ownership and the players’€™ union ‘€” Patriots player representative Matt Light talked about Smith’€™s visit.

‘€œI think it will be good,’€ Light said. ‘€œAnytime you have the leadership here and in place, they’€™re here to deliver a message and to let the guys know what they’€™re thinking and what we’€™re all thinking and what we need to plan for and what we need to do. So it should be very informative. And that’€™s there job to inform guys of the upcoming battle and what to expect so I think a lot of these guys have been waiting for this for a while so it’€™s good they’€™re here. It will be a good meeting.

‘€œThat’€™s their job is to inform guys of the upcoming battle and what to expect. I think a lot of the guys have been waiting for this for a while.’€

The news was first reported by Shalise Manza-Young of The Boston Globe.

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Steelers injury report Thursday: Brett Keisel, Heath Miller miss again

11.11.10 at 4:26 pm ET
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Kicker Jeff Reed returned to Steelers’ practice on Thursday while DE Brett Keisel, TE Heath Miller and Chris Kemoeatu missed their second straight practice.

Steelers Injury Report for Thursday:
Did Not Participate

S Will Allen (concussion/illness)
DE Brett Keisel (hamstring)
TE Heath Miller (knee)
G Chris Kemoeatu (knee/ankle)
DE Aaron Smith (triceps)

Full Participation
RB Mewelde Moore (concussion)
RB Isaac Redman (concussion)

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Pats injury report Thursday: Tom Brady back but limited by foot

11.11.10 at 4:09 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Tom Brady returned to practice on Thursday but was limited due to a foot injury that kept the quarterback out of practice on Wednesday. Meanwhile, running back Fred Taylor was again limited in practice on Thursday after missing the last five games.

Patriots Injury Report for Thursday:
Injured Reserve

K Stephen Gostkowski (thigh) OUT

Did Not Participate
S Jarrad Page (calf)
DL Myron Pryor (back)

Limited Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
DL Mike Wright (groin)
S Patrick Chung (knee)
RB Fred Taylor (toe)
RG Stephen Neal (shoulder)

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Jerod Mayo knows ‘best medicine’ for these Patriots

11.11.10 at 2:49 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo said there’s only one thing that will fix what’s ailing the Patriots – a big road win. Tom Brady said coach Bill Belichick was tough on the team this week in film study, a point that Mayo supported on Thursday. But Mayo believes the best thing for the team in their effort to put the 34-14 loss in Cleveland behind them is a win in Pittsburgh against another 6-2 team.

“I think the best medicine for this team is to go on the road and have a big win against Pittsburgh,” Mayo said. “We’re kind of down this week but at the same time, Coach Belichick has done a good job picking up our spirits, telling us we’re a good team.”

Asked how hard it’s been to put last Sunday in the past, Mayo said he and the team have already moved on.

“I’m on the Steelers, ask me a Steelers question,” Mayo added. “That Browns game, I’m trying to get it out of my head.” The Patriots returned to the practice field on Thursday in preparation for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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The Big Nickel: Tom Brady’s back, optimism on Pat Chung and DeMaurice Smith set to visit

11.11.10 at 1:55 pm ET
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The five most important things you need to know about the Patriots today.

1. Tom Brady was back at practice. The quarterback was on the field with the rest of his teammates at the start of Thursday afternoon’€™s practice session, a day after he missed the Wednesday afternoon session with a reported foot injury. In the 10 minutes of access that the media has to practice, Brady did not appear to be limited in any way, going through stretches and a limited series of drills without a problem.

For what it’€™s worth, the measuring stick on how ready a play might be for Sunday usually comes on Thursday. If a player is on the field (and are listed as a full participant in practice when the injury report is released at 4 p.m.), chances are very good that they will play on Sunday. There’€™s still some time before Thursday’€™s injury report is released, but as of the practice session, it certainly appears Brady will play Sunday against the Steelers.

2. On a similar note, around Foxboro, the unspoken rule is that if you are injured and cannot play that week, you stay as far away from the media as possible. Players who have gone through this process in the past say it’€™s a little bit like being in limbo ‘€” you are part of the team, but you aren’€™t seen or heard.

To that end, safety Pat Chung, who suffered a bruised knee a few weeks back against the Chargers, has assiduously avoided the media, even when it comes to talking about his beloved Oregon Ducks. But on Thursday morning, the second-year safety held court at his locker with reporters in a brief Q&A session. Never a man of many words, he talked about a variety of topics, including his own health, the Steelers, and what Brandon Meriwether and James Sanders looked like from the sidelines.

‘€œI’€™m going day-by-day, man. Day-by-day,’€ he said when asked about his health. ‘€œI feel good. Thumbs up. Everything feels good. Going day-by-day.

‘€œI practiced yesterday,’€ added Chung, who said he feels like he is improving. ‘€œThe knee feels better. It’€™s getting better every day. We’€™re just going to go by that, I guess.’€

On what he feels like the Patriots need to prepare for against the Steelers: ‘€œEverything. Physical. They’€™re physical. We know they’€™re tough. They have a good quarterback, receivers, and running back. They’€™re deadly. We have to bring our ‘€˜A’€™ game, every week, like I always say.’€

While Chung was sidelined, Meriwether and Sanders got the bulk of the playing time at the safety position. How did it feel watching them out there?

‘€œOf course it’€™s not easy, but it’€™s over now. It’€™s over. As those weeks went along, my knee got better. Everything is fine,’€ he said. ‘€œWe have good guys back there, regardless of who’€™s in the game or not. I watched them make plays. When they make plays, I’€™m smiling, so it’€™s all good.’€

The session wrapped up with a reporter asking him if Oregon was going to win the national championship. Chung quickly smiled.

‘€œOregon, all day man,’€ he said. ‘€œOregon all day.’€

3. The Steelers were without Ben Roethlisberger for the first four games of the season, as the quarterback was serving a four-game suspension. (Veteran Charlie Batch helped lead Pittsburgh to a 3-1 mark in Roethlisberger’€™s absence.) He’€™s returned to play the last four games for Pittsburgh, and posted a 3-1 mark. What’€™s the biggest difference in the Steelers’€™ offense since he returned?

‘€œI wouldn’€™t say they’€™re doing too much differently,’€ said linebacker Tully Banta-Cain when asked about the Pittsburgh offense since Roethlisberger’€™s return. ‘€œBen, I think he, he has his own set of problems that he creates because he can get out if the pocket if the receiver is uncovered. He’€™s got a big arm, so he can throw the ball when they aren’€™t covered. He’€™s definitely a great creator at the position. He’€™s the biggest change of the things we’€™ve seen.’€

‘€œHe’€™s good. He’€™s good,’€ said Chung. ‘€œHe knows how to make plays. When the pocket breaks down, he knows how to make plays outside the pocket. He’€™s a very experienced guy. Good arm. Smart. Has good players around him. That makes a difference.’€
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Pats practice: Tom Brady is back

11.11.10 at 1:25 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady returned to practice on Thursday as the team continued its preparations for the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night at Heinz Field.

Brady missed Wednesday’s practice and was listed on the injury report. In addition to his typical shoulder issue, Brady was listed as having a foot injury, which the Boston Globe later reported was sprain but not serious enough to keep him from Sunday’s game.

The only players not spotted at Thursday’s practice were safety Jarrad Page (calf) and defensive lineman Myron Pryor (back). For the second straight day, the team worked out in full pads on the upper fields behind Gillette Stadium.

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