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Colts have nine players miss Wednesday practice, including Joseph Addai and Reggie Wayne

11.17.10 at 4:48 pm ET
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The Colts, who have been hit hard by injury all season, had nine players miss practice Wednesday because of injury, a group that includes running backs Joseph Addai and Mike Hart, as well as wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Here’s the complete injury report:

Did Not Practice
RB Joseph Addai (neck)
LB Gary Bracket (toe)
TE Brody Eldridge (rib)
DT Dwight Freeney (rested)
RB Mike Hart (ankle)
DB Bob Sanders (biceps)
LB Clint Session (elbow)
DB Justin Tryon (foot)
WR Reggie Wayne (knee)

Limited Participation
WR Austin Collie (concussion)
WR Blair White (shoulder)

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Tom Brady does not practice for Patriots on Wednesday

11.17.10 at 4:22 pm ET
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FOXBORO ‘€” For the second consecutive Wednesday, quarterback Tom Brady has been listed on the Patriots injury report as having missed practice. As was the case last Wednesday, Brady was listed with a right shoulder and foot injury. In addition, safety Jarrad Page did not practice because of a calf injury and defensive lineman Myron Pryor was out with a back problem. Here’s the complete injury report for the Patriots:

Did Not Practice
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
S Jarrad Page (calf)
DT Myron Pryor (back)

Limited Participation in Practice
G Stephen Neal (shoulder)
RB Fred Taylor (toe)
CB Jonathan Wilhite (hip)

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The Big Nickel: Tom Brady doesn’t practice, Pierre Woods returns and James Sanders is honored

11.17.10 at 2:51 pm ET
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FOXBORO ‘€” The five most important things to know from the Patriots on Wednesday:

1. Tom Brady did not practice. The Patriots quarterback was not present for the beginning of practice ‘€” at least, for the first 10 or so minutes of the session the media is allowed to watch.

Brady, who was limited in practice last week because of a foot sprain, didn’€™t show any ill effects from the injury in Sunday’€™s game, and on Wednesday, he stood while taking questions at his locker for just under 10 minutes. Given the ease with which he was maneuvering around the locker room after the game on Sunday and earlier on Wednesday, it might simply be a case of a veteran getting a day off, but we should know more when the injury report is released at 4 p.m. (Other players who were missing were safety Jarrad Page, who has been dogged by a calf injury, and defensive lineman Myron Pryor, who has been dealing with a back problem.)

In other practice-related news, the following players were wearing black on Wednesday, signifying the fact that they were named Practice Players of the Week: quarterback Brian Hoyer, wide receiver Julian Edelman, safety Ross Ventrone, center/guard Ryan Wendell, tight end Aaron Hernandez and tight end Carson Butler.

2. Brady recalls how it all started against the Colts. Brady now has 105 career wins as a starter, and was the fastest to 100 wins of any quarterback in the Super Bowl era. However, he got his first win as a starter Sept. 30, 2001, against Indianapolis at Foxboro Stadium. It was a game he talked a little bit about on Wednesday morning.

‘€œI was pretty nervous. That was a great day. They came in undefeated,’€ said Brady, who finished 13-for-23 for 168 yards in the 30-10 win. ‘€œIt was a windy, cold, blustery day in Foxborough and we played a great game. That’€™s kind of what you need to do against these guys. Our defense really set the tone that day and we scored quite a few points that day.

‘€œI remember meeting Peyton before the game. I was surprised he knew me, as a matter of fact. He said, ‘€˜Hi Tom, I’€™m Peyton,’€™ as he was out there warming up, which I thought was pretty cool.’€
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Tom Brady: ‘Not going to be 7-3 game’

11.17.10 at 2:49 pm ET
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FOXBORO — It’s no wonder Tom Brady isn’t intimidated in big games. After all, when you’re at your locker and there’s 50 reporters and cameras combined swallowing you up, it’s hard to feel pressure when you’re on a wide open football field. Brady handled the media smoothly as usual on Wednesday but said he still fears Indianapolis edge rusher Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney. He also gave insight to his first meeting with Peyton Manning when the Colts QB was already an NFL star. And he gave a prediction of sorts on what type of game he’s expecting this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Thanks to the hard work of Patriots P.R., here were his responses.

Q: Did you learn a little bit about this offense and how productive it can be if you really come together like you did against the Steelers?

TB: I don’€™t think it was perfect out there.

Q: But you scored a lot of points.

TB: Yeah, we had an interception returned for a touchdown. We had some short fields on the onside kicks. There are certainly things that I think we need to do better ‘€“ that we’€™re going to need to do better this week. We had plenty of missed opportunities in that game. We certainly made more plays than we’€™ve been making, but at the same time, [while] our level of consistency continues to improve, I think it’€™s got to continue to improve.

Q: You’€™ve always said that the Colts defense does things differently than any other defense with Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Does it start with them?

TB: It sure does. It sure does. I’€™ve had a lot of sleepless nights with those two guys on the other side of the ball. They’€™re tremendous players. They’€™re as good of pass rushers as you’€™ll face in the league. And they have two guys on opposite sides of the ball; it’€™s not like you can really help on one guy and not help on the other. So, it really limits what you do as an offense because you have to worry so much about making sure they don’€™t run around the corner and kill you every play. We’€™ve really got our work cut out for us this week on that.

Q: With the history with this team, are you happy that you and Peyton Manning have been able to face off as many times as you have and that the two teams have been able to play as much as they have?

TB: He’€™s a great competitor. I love watching him. I mean, he’s been a great quarterback for a long time so I think whenever I’€™m watching film of other opponents that we’€™re playing, I’€™m always looking for Colts games because I want to see how he’€™s playing. We’€™ve had plenty of those games this year. It’€™s been a great rivalry for a lot of reasons. We’€™ve played so many meaningful games against them and I would say this one is pretty meaningful, too. It’€™s going to be a great test for us. They’€™re good in all phases. You can’€™t afford to make a lot of mistakes against this team because they really capitalize and if you give them a short field, you turn it over, and then next thing you know it’€™s seven points. And then you turn it over and now it’€™s 14 points. I’€™ve watched plenty of Colts games where the game is over at halftime, so we’€™re going to have to really be conscious of that [and] protect the ball. When we get into the red area, get the ball in the end zone, try to go out and make a bunch of plays. Read the rest of this entry »

Bill Belichick: That Peyton Manning is good

11.17.10 at 2:26 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Bill Belichick was in the mood for stating the obvious on Wednesday. But in all fairness, he was asked the fairly obvious questions about arguably the greatest quarterback rivalry in NFL history. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

“They’re both really good,” answered Belichick when asked if he could appreciate the fans’ interest in debating who’s the better QB. “I’ll leave that to [media], you and the experts.”

He also offered this on Manning, who is again leading a winner on the field this year as he brings his 6-3 Colts to town on Sunday.

“It’s no secret he’s good,” Belichick said. “I don’t think that’s a big news story, right? He’s great. He’s a great quarterback. He does a good job no matter who’s in there. There aren’t many bad plays from him, not many at all. He does a great job managing the team, getting the team in the right play, very accurate passer. He takes what you give him.”

But while Belichick has tremendous respect for Manning, Brady is still his guy, through and through.

“I have a lot of respect for Peyton Manning,” Belichick said. “He’s a tremendous quarterback. There’s no quarterback I’d rather have than Tom Brady.”

The Colts have had seven straight seasons of at least 12 wins, a remarkable feat in this age of parity in the NFL. The Patriots have won the AFC East in eight of the last 10 seasons. Also remarkable.

“The Colts, as usual, look real good, they just good at everything,” Belichick said.

If Belichick sounds like a broken record, there’s particularly good reason for that this week. This is the sixth straight November that the Patriots and Colts are squaring off as the NFL loves to capitalize on the league’s most competitive and marquee match-up for TV ratings. So, for Belichick, this might as well be a division game against the AFC South.

“Back in the division again,” Belichick quipped. “Just like Pittsburgh.”

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Pats practice Wednesday: Tom Brady misses

11.17.10 at 2:07 pm ET
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FOXBORO — For the second straight week, Tom Brady missed Wednesday practice to rest his foot as the Patriots began on-field work in advance of their latest huge game, Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

Brady was nursing a foot injury following the loss in Cleveland on Nov. 7 and did not practice last Wednesday. He was also limited on Thursday and Friday but showed no ill effects during a 39-26 thrashing of the Steelers last Sunday night. Brady had his first 300-yard game, throwing for 350 yards and three touchdowns to Rob Gronkowski while rushing for another.

Also missing from practice again were safety Jarrad Page (calf) and Myron Pryor (back). The team practice in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields outside Gillette.

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Tom Brady on 4th-and-2: ‘I wouldn’t expect anything different’

11.17.10 at 1:23 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Like everyone else in New England, Tom Brady remembers ‘fourth-and-2′ last November at Lucas Oil Field.

It’s just that he doesn’t look back on it at all. So he said Wednesday, just four days before he finally gets a chance at payback.

Last year, the Patriots needed just two yards for a first down with two minutes to go to salt away a 34-28 win at Indy. But instead of punting the ball away to Peyton Manning and the then-perfect Colts, Pats coach Bill Belichick decided to put the contest in Brady’s hands.

“I haven’t thought about it at all since probably that game, since that night as a matter of fact,” Brady said Wednesday. “When it comes to those situations, and it could happen this weekend, I’m always confident we’re going to be able to make the play. Our coaches have always had a lot of faith in what we do offensively and the way the offensive line protects and the way the receivers get open.”

Brady hit an open Kevin Faulk in the flat last year but instead of two yards, he was called short by about three inches and Manning and company took over at the Patriots 29 and drove in for the go-ahead score with 13 seconds remaining in a gut-wrenching 35-34 loss to the Colts.

This year, even in victory, Belichick has not shied away from going for it when “the book” might suggest otherwise. The Patriots were leading the Chargers 23-20 when the Patriots went for it at midfield. BenJarvus Green-Ellis was stuffed a full yard short and the Chargers drove into field goal position, only to see Nate Kaeding clang his 50-yard kick off the right upright. Unlike Indy on Nov. 15, 2009, the Patriots escaped with a win.

In total, the Patriots are 5-for-8 or 63 percent  on fourth down.

“He’s gone for it a bunch on fourth down this year so if it comes down to it again, I wouldn’t expect anything different,” Brady said.

Except the result.

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