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Five players, including Jahvid Best, do not practice for Lions on Monday

11.22.10 at 6:22 pm ET
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Five players did not participate in practice for the Lions on Monday, including running back Jahvid Best and quarterback Matthew Stafford. Here’s the complete injury report:

Did Not Participate
RB Jahvid Best (toe)
K Jason Hanson (right knee)
TE Tony Scheffler (ribs)
QB Matthew Stafford (right shoulder)
DT Corey Williams (shoulder)

Limited Participation
DE Cliff Avril (quadricep)
LB Isaiah Ekejiuba (knee)
G Dylan Gandy (calf)

Full Participation
QB Shaun Hill (quadricep)
LB DeAndre Hill (groin)

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Mike Wright held out of practice for Patriots, while Tom Brady is limited

11.22.10 at 6:16 pm ET
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FOXBORO ‘€” Defensive lineman Mike Wright, who suffered a concussion on Sunday against the Colts, was the only player who did not practice Monday for the Patriots. In addition, quarterback Tom Brady was listed as having “limited participation” with a right shoulder/foot problem, one of six players who were limited. Here’s the complete injury report:

Did Not Participate
DL Mike Wright (neck/concussion)

Limited Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
G Stephen Neal (shoulder)
S Jarrad Page (calf)
NT Myron Pryor (back)
RB Fred Taylor (toe)
CB Jonathan Wilhite (hip)

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Transcript of Tom Brady on D&C

11.22.10 at 4:46 pm ET
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning as part of WEEI’s Patriots Monday. Although the team’s second-half performance was shaky at times, he still had this to say about Sunday’s 31-28 victory over the Colts: “I’ve been around long enough to know that a win is a win is a win.

“You come up and say, ‘Hey we played great, how did we lose that game?’ I’d rather say, ‘I’m glad we won, but let’s figure out how to do some things better,’ ” continued Brady. “It was a great game,  it was a classic game. They have such a good team, an such an explosive offense and explosive defense with those guys, their two defensive ends. We all in the locker room felt we were very excited we won.”

Brady recognized the difficult challenges this schedule has provided. “We’ve had a tough stretch here playing a bunch of really good teams,” he began, before quickly turning his eyes to the future. “But now we have a short week against a team [the Lions] that has probably a huge advantage on us playing on Thursday. It was a great win for us there’s no doubt about it, I certainly wish we had finished them off better like I think we’re capable, but you know we just have to do a better job of that.”

Following is a full transcript of the interview. To listen, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

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Bill Belichick on The Big Show: Lions game ‘about as tough as it gets’

11.22.10 at 4:14 pm ET
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show to discuss his team’s 31-28 victory over the Colts on Sunday as well as the upcoming challenge his team faces in traveling to Detroit for a Thursday game against the Lions. The reduced preparation time that the Pats will face by virtue of the Thanksgiving game creates a host of challenges.

“About as tough as it gets. This is about as tough a week of preparation as it gets,” Belichick said of the Lions game. “We don’€™t know the team. We don’€™t know the players. [Since] last time we played them, it’€™s a new staff. They’€™ve had a lot of turnover, a lot of young players, a lot of very good players. But we just don’€™t have great background on them. We did some work on them in the offseason. But 10 games have passed. ‘€¦ Some of the players there now weren’€™t there last year, like [Ndamukong] Suh and [Jahvid] Best, guys like that. They’€™ve added and changed the dimension of their team a little bit. So it’€™s hard.

“When you play out of conference on a short week like that, it’€™s tough. It’€™s the same challenge they face, though. But it’€™s definitely hard on our players and coaches to get the compact and precise and definitive information that we feel like we normally get on a team in such a short amount of time on a team that’€™s played 10 games, and try to consolidate it for the players, what they’€™re going to do in certain situations. Sometimes we struggle to put it all together on all the situations: third-down, goal-line, short-yardage, two-minute and so forth.”

Belichick also broke down the victory over the Colts, the impact of offensive lineman Logan Mankins, the inconsistency of the defensive unit, the diminutive stature of the Patriots receiving corps as well as his homage to former coaching great and football innovator Paul Brown.

To listen to the interview, visit the audio on demand page of The Big Show. Here is a transcript of the conversation:

On Sunday’s win over the Colts:

It seems like it’€™s always like that with the Colts. It’€™s a dogfight, comes down to the last possession or play. You can never count them out. They’€™re a good football team.

Did you have to remind guys at halftime to be prepared for second-half push, or do they know that?

I’€™m sure they do, but we still talk about it and reinforce it. You know it’€™s going to be 60 minutes against the Colts. They can score in a hurry. Their defense, they get strip stacks, tipped balls. Their ability to get turnovers is as good as anybody in the league. They’€™re really dangerous, no matter how much time is left on the clock. Read the rest of this entry »

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Brandon Meriweather on D&H: Win ‘goes straight to the coaches’

11.22.10 at 12:37 pm ET
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Defensive back Brandon Meriweather stopped by for his weekly chat with the Dale & Holley show Monday at Gillette Stadium as part of WEEI’s Patriots Monday, one day after a 31-28 victory over the Colts. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

Meriweather said credit goes to the scout team and the coaching staff for having the defense ready to face Peyton Manning and the potent Colts offense.

“Our coaches had a great game plan,” Meriweather said. “This win right here goes straight to the coaches. They had a good game plan, they made good adjustments and they kept us focused and ready for this game.”

Meriweather said another key for the Patriots being able to hold off the Colts was because they didn’t let up until the final whistle. “Going against the Colts, you’ve got to play 60 minutes,” he said. “You can’t let up one minute. [Manning will] make you pay for it.”

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Vince Wilfork on D&H: ‘We don’t have any selfish players on this team’

11.22.10 at 12:09 pm ET
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Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork joined the Dale & Holley show Monday morning at Gillette Stadium for his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Patriots Monday. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

Despite the defense allowing Peyton Manning to seemingly march down the field at will in the fourth quarter, Wilfork said he’s looking more at the positives from Sunday’s 31-28 victory over the Colts.

“The Colts are a great team,” Wilfork said. “Every year we play these guys, it’s always a nail-biter, it goes down to the wire. The biggest thing for us was to finish, to play 60 minutes of football this week. We got every bit of 60 minutes out of the game yesterday.”

Added Wilfork: “Peyton, we forced him to throw three interceptions. You can say whatever you want to say about our defense. The fact of the matter is, he did throw us three.”

Wilfork said one of the strengths of this defense is the players’ ability to stay focused and level-headed even when things go bad, no matter who might make a mistake. Said Wilfork: “I think the guys around me are comfortable with their roles. We don’t have any selfish players on this team. Everybody just pulls for one another. They make the plays when they present themselves and we get to the next play, good or bad. These guys do a real good job of that.”

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Boomer Esiason on D&C: Peyton Manning has edge over Tom Brady

11.22.10 at 10:20 am ET
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As part of Patriots Monday, CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning and talked about the Patriots’ dramatic victory over the Colts. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

The game was secured when James Sanders picked off a Peyton Manning pass in the final minute as the Colts were driving for the potential go-ahead touchdown.

Esiason credited the Patriots pass rush with forcing Manning to throw his pass off target. “He got a little greedy is what he did,” Esiason said of Manning. “And again, I think he was spooked [by the pass rush]. ‘€¦ If he holds the ball, steps up, maybe another step, hits the shallow cross underneath, we might be talking about an overtime victory one way or the other.”

Esiason said he doesn’t believe that the Colts will go far in the postseason. “I can see them winning their division, simply because their division is pretty average right now,” he said. “But I don’t know how the Colts keep doing this. I really don’t.”

During his Sunday CBS show, Esiason said that Manning has the edge over Tom Brady in a head-to-head comparison. Esiason backed up that claim on Monday, noting that Brady’s Patriots have tended to have a better defense than Manning’s Colts. This season, Manning’s responsibility has increased even more. “Under the current set of circumstances, if Peyton Manning is not on the Indianapolis Colts, they might be the worst team in football,” Esiason said.

Danny Woodhead continues to impress with his play in the Patriots backfield. Esiason said he’s impressed with “the amazing growth of this kid and what he has done, and how he has replaced Kevin Faulk.” Added Esiason: “Watching the game, watching how many guys made their first attempted tackler miss from Indianapolis ‘€” and Woodhead was right there. All those little things to keep the chains moving. The way he runs with the football, it’s almost like he’s fearless.”

Next up for the Patriots is Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. Esiason said the Lions might be 2-8, but they won’t be pushovers. “They’re going to put up a pretty good fight on Thursday,” he said. “Offensively, they’re pretty good. The Detroit Lions can throw it, Jahvid Best is one of the best young running backs in football, and I think that Shaun Hill is more than a capable quarterback I guarantee you it will be a high-scoring game.”

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