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Martellus Bennett, Matthew Slater return to Patriots practice 12.08.16 at 1:17 pm ET
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This is a 2016 photo of Martellus Bennett of the New England Patriots NFL football team. This image reflects the New England Patriots active roster as of Wednesday, May 25, 2016 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

Martellus Bennett

FOXBORO — The Patriots held their second practice of the week Thursday in advance of Monday’s game against the Ravens.

The team got two players back who missed Wednesday’s session in Martellus Bennett and Matthew Slater, but still were without Jordan Richards and Danny Amendola.

Richards suffered a knee injury against the Jets and missed last week’s game with the 49ers, while Amendola suffered an ankle injury against the Rams. He reportedly is expected to miss the rest of the regular season.

It’s worth noting D.J. Foster again worked with the receivers, while Glenn Gronkowski, who is on the practice squad wore No. 88, likely to imitate one of the Ravens’ tight ends.

The first injury report of the week will come out later in the afternoon.

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Martellus Bennett, Danny Amendola among 4 missing from Patriots practice 12.07.16 at 1:24 pm ET
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This is a 2016 photo of Martellus Bennett of the New England Patriots NFL football team. This image reflects the New England Patriots active roster as of Wednesday, May 25, 2016 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

Martellus Bennett

FOXBORO — There were four players missing from Patriots practice on Wednesday.

Martellus Bennett, Danny Amendola, Matthew Slater and Jordan Richards were all absent from the session.

Tom Brady was present, which is a good sign relating to the health of his knee, as the team has an extra day of work with the Monday night game.

Amendola was injured against the Rams and reportedly will be out the rest of the regular season, while Slater and Richards didn’t play against the Rams. Bennett has been on the injury report since Week 5 and it’s appeared to have impacted his play of late, so a down day was likely needed.

It’s worth noting rookie running back D.J. Foster was working with the receivers and not the running backs, so perhaps he’s an option to replace Amendola. Foster was added to the 53-man roster to replace Rob Gronkowski last week.

The Patriots will practice Thursday, Friday and Saturday before hosting the Ravens on Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

With the extra day this week, there will be no injury report on Wednesday.

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Matthew Slater inactive, Martellus Bennett, Julian Edelman active vs. Rams 12.04.16 at 11:38 am ET
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Matthew Slater

FOXBORO — The following Patriots players are inactive for Sunday’s game against the Rams: safety Jordan Richards, running back D.J. Foster, cornerback Justin Coleman, offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle, defensive lineman Darius Kilgo, special teamer Matthew Slater and defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton.

Richards was ruled out on Friday after not practicing all week following getting injured in the win over the Jets last week. Slater practiced Wednesday and Thursday, but must’ve had a setback as he didn’t practice Friday. This will be his second straight game missed after injuring his foot against the 49ers.

Foster hasn’t been active since Week 6, while Waddle hasn’t been active since Week 5. It’s Coleman’s third straight inactive as it appears he’s the odd-man out in the secondary.

Despite playing one defensive snap in the last six games, cornerback Cyrus Jones is active, as is Martellus Bennett and Julian Edelman who were listed as questionable.

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Matthew Slater among 4 players missing from start of Patriots practice 12.02.16 at 12:03 pm ET
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Matthew Slater

FOXBORO — The Patriots held their final practice before Sunday’s game against the Rams Friday afternoon on the lower field behind Gillette Stadium.

Four players were not spotted: Rob Gronkowski, Matthew Slater, Woodrow Hamilton and Jordan Richards. Gronkowski, of course, is having back surgery in L.A., while Richards has missed practice all week and thus seems unlikely to play against the Rams.

Slater’s case is interesting as he practiced the first two days of the week after missing last week’s game with a foot injury. Hamilton missed his second straight practice after missing Thursday with an illness.

After missing Wednesday, Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and Martellus Bennett were back for a second straight day.

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Cyrus Jones (illness) downgraded to out for Sunday’s game against Jets 11.26.16 at 8:57 pm ET
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Cyrus Jones

Cyrus Jones

The Patriots announced Saturday night that rookie cornerback Cyrus Jones has been downgraded to out for Sunday’s game against the Jets.

The second-round pick out of Alabama has been battling an illness as of late, which landed him on the injury report late this week. He’s played in seven games this season, working as a nickel corner and a return man.

Jones and special teams captain Matthew Slater (foot) are the only two players out at this point. The rest of the inactives will be announced 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

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Danny Amendola jokes Bill Belichick is same coach, win or lose: ‘He’ll rip your ass, one way or another’ 11.16.16 at 7:34 pm ET
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Danny Amendola had some colorful language when asked to describe Bill Belichick's emotions after wins or losses. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Danny Amendola had some colorful language when asked to describe Bill Belichick’s emotions after wins or losses. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — There’s something to be said for consistency.

On Wednesday, Patriots players were asked if the vibe around Gillette Stadium — and the mood of Bill Belichick — was any different after a loss as opposed to a win.

“No. He’s the same coach,” Amendola said of Belichick’s emotional ups and downs. “He’ll rip your ass one way or another, whether you win or lose.”

All kidding aside, the feeling around Foxboro after a loss is a little strange for a few reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it doesn’t happen all that often.

“The week of preparation isn’t [different], but I think mentally and how you feel is different,” said veteran safety Devin McCourty.

He added: “I’m sure any player when you’re coming off a loss, you’ve just got a bad taste in your mouth and you want to get out there, you want to play well. Usually, when you lose it’s because you haven’t played well, so I just think that part of it is different, but you have to continue to have the same preparation, whether it’s a win or a loss. You can’t come off a loss and focus on only getting back out there on the field Sunday and not preparing throughout the week because you’re going to get the same result. We’ve got to start it off today, going out there having a good practice and start our preparation.”

According to special teams captain Matthew Slater, the key to rebounding over the course of the week starts with a consistent mindset.

“I think our approach has always tried to be ‘Steady Eddie,’ regardless of a win or a loss,” Slater said. “I don’t think we need to start pressing or doing anything differently. We’re focusing every week. We give every week our best, preparation wise. Some weeks it works out for you, other weeks it doesn’t. Last week it didn’t, hopefully this week it’s good enough. We’ll just go back to doing the little things, and see what that gets us on Sunday.”

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Matthew Slater, Devin McCourty answer Ty Law’s ‘have some damn pride’ criticism of defense at 1:19 pm ET
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FOXBORO — It’s one thing when fans or the media critique the Patriots’ defense.

It’s another when a former defensive star and Super Bowl hero chimes in and rips what he is seeing on the field.

Ty Law appeared on FS1’s “Undisputed” and ripped into what he sees as a very passive attitude from many players on the defense. He said on the show that the Patriots veterans on defense need to stand up and “have some damn pride” before it gets too late in the season.

“Play better. We can hoot and holler and yell and scream but leaders have to play better,” Devin McCourty said Wednesday. “It starts with us. If we play better, usually the whole defense plays better. Leadership comes in different forms, and at times, you have to do different things to lead. But the best way to lead is to go out there and play good football and lead the team and give them an example to follow.

“All the veteran players and the leaders on this defense have to go play better. I think that’s what we think as a team in all phases. Bill [Belichick] says it all the time: If you’re a leader on the team, it starts with you. You go out there and play well, the team will follow.”

McCourty was asked how he could calm the fears of fans who think the Patriots are a mess defensively since the trades of Chandler Jones and Jamie Collins.

“It’s simple. We’ve just got to play better. There’s nothing I can say to calm that or anything,” McCourty added. “We’ve just got to go out there and play better. That’s what everyone in our locker room and everyone on defense wants to do. There’s nothing to say. You’ve just got to go do it.”

Matthew Slater, the third-longest tenured player on the Patriots and a captain, said Wednesday that he has no worries that the leadership on the team will carry the team through any rough patches.

“I’m confident in the men that we have in this locker room,” Slater said. “I think that there is some great leadership there. Everyone leads differently, though. And that’s something that I certainly understand and guys understand that. Obviously, we all need to hold each other accountable to do our jobs at a high level. We play for one another so ultimately, everybody could do a better job when you look back at the tape after a loss. And everybody can say, ‘If I had done that, if they had done that.’

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