|Turn Up The Volume — Behind Enemy Lines: Jets||09.17.09 at 8:34 pm ET|
The Patriots will play their second division game of the season on Sunday against the Jets at the Meadowlands. The Jets have been very outspoken this week as they prepare to take on the Patriots — despite the fact that New England has been dominant in the AFC East and look to continue their success this Sunday. (The Pats are 40-11 since the beginning of the 2001 season in the division.) The Jets will be looking to snap the Patriots eight-game winning streak in the Meadowlands when they take the field Sunday.
•Mark Sanchez, Rex Ryan, Kerry Rhodes, Jerricho Cotchery, and Darrelle Revis all spoke to New York reporters this week about the Patriots. Turn up the volume and click on the audio below to listen to the Jets.
|Jets Practice Participation and Injury Report, 9/17||09.17.09 at 4:09 pm ET|
Jets Injury Report
Did Not Practice: QB Erik Ainge (illness)
Limited Participation : DL Kris Jenkins (back), DL Sione Pouha (ankle), OL Damien Woody (illness), WR Wallace Wright (hamstring).
Full Participation: QB Kellen Clemens (elbow) , RB Shonn Greene (rib), DL Mike DeVito (hamstring), LB Bryan Thomas (ankle), LB Jamaal Westerman (quadricep).
|Patriots Practice Participation and Injury Report, 9/17||09.17.09 at 3:59 pm ET|
Patriots Injury Report for Thursday
Did Not Practice
LB Jerod Mayo (knee)
C Dan Connolly (back)
WR Julian Edelman (ankle)
G Stephen Neal (back)
LB Rob Ninkovich (calf)
DL Myron Pryor (calf)
WR Matthew Slater (elbow)
LB Adalius Thomas (foot)
WR Wes Welker (knee)
CB Terrence Wheatley (knee)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)
|DT Lake visiting Pats today||09.17.09 at 2:21 pm ET|
FOXBOROUGH — According to his agent, the Patriots are going to host free agent defensive tackle Antwan Lake on a visit later today. The 30-year-old Lake is a 6-foot-4, 308-pounder out of West Virginia who has spent six seasons in the league — one with Detroit (2002), two with Atlanta (2004 and 2005) and the last three with New Orleans. His best season came in 2007 with the Saints, when he started seven games and finished with 18 tackles and a sack.
|Mayo not at practice||09.17.09 at 1:32 pm ET|
FOXBOROUGH — Just got back from Patriots practice, and the only player on the 53-man roster not present for the portion of practice the media is allowed to watch — stretching and light drills — was linebacker Jerod Mayo. The practice is being held in full pads on the lower fields behind Gillette Stadium.
|Rhodes: Jets plan to ‘embarrass’ Patriots||09.17.09 at 12:26 pm ET|
FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots have beaten the Jets the last eight times the two teams have played at the Meadowlands, and New York free safety Kerry Rhodes has had enough of it. Rhodes told the New York Daily News that he wants to “embarrass” New England when the two teams meet this Sunday in New Jersey.
“Not just go out there and try to win, try to embarrass them,” Rhodes said. “Try to make them feel bad when they leave here. We don’t want to just beat them. We want to send a message to them, ‘We’re not backing down from you and we expect to win this game, and it’s not going to be luck, it’s not going to be a mistake.’”
Rhodes also took note of the fact that quarterback Tom Brady was hit six times in the season-opener Monday night against the Bills.
“We will hit him more than six times. I promise you that,” Rhodes said, according to the Daily News.
“Any quarterback can be rattled,” Rhodes told the Daily News. “[Brady’s] one of the best, don’t get me wrong. That’s evident. Any quarterback, Peyton Manning, even if you get in his face, if you rattle the quarterback, you get pressure on the quarterback, any quarterback it is, he’s not going to be the same. Nobody. That’s not to say he’s not going to come back and make a play after.”
Other Jets players have made similar chest-thumping statements this week — defensive tackle Kris Jenkins said New York is treating this game “like it’s the Super Bowl.”
For the most part, the Patriots have shrugged off any tough talk. Former New England safety Rodney Harrison issued a statement on his Twitter page Thursday afternoon explaining why.
“The Patriots won’t go into a war of words with any team, they hear everything and then use it to play better on Sunday,” wrote Harrison.
“It’s one of those weeks where I can’t wait for the game to get started,” said running back Laurence Maroney. “You hear a lot of talking. We just do our talking on he field.”
“Well, I think we follow the lead of our head coach,” said Brady. “I think because we feel a certain way, we don’t necessarily need to tell everybody about it. I mean, we’re confident. We have as much confidence as most teams in the league. We expect to go out there and play well every time we take the field.
“To go out there and make a bunch of predictions and ‘We’re going to do this’ and ‘We’re going to do that’ and ‘This is how we’re going to be,’ it really doesn’t mean much. I think we’ve just always felt that if we do our work and we prepare and we go out there and play to our ability, the outcome will be what we’re hoping for.”
|Mayo spotted on crutches||09.17.09 at 12:01 pm ET|
FOXBOROUGH — During media availability in the Patriots’ locker room this morning, linebacker Jerod Mayo was spotted on crutches with his right leg in a brace. The linebacker was injured in the first half of Monday’s win over the Bills, and was the only member of the Patriots’ 53-man roster who wasn’t seen on the field during the first few minutes of practice Wednesday. The injury has been reported as a sprained medial collateral ligament that could keep him on the shelf for up to two months. New England coach Bill Belichick said on Tuesday he wouldn’t classify the injury as a season-ender.
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