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Nate Ebner only Patriots player missing from practice 01.11.16 at 1:36 pm ET
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FOXBORO — The Patriots began their preparations for the Chiefs Monday afternoon practicing on the cold and windy practice field behind Gillette Stadium.

The only player missing from the session was safety/special teamer Nate Ebner. He was spotted with a cast on his right arm last week during Thursday’s walkthrough.

Tom Brady (ankle) looked good during the portion of practice the media saw, as did Julian Edelman (foot), who was moving well and cutting during passing drills. With it being Monday, there will be no injury report released.

The Patriots will host the Chiefs Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in the divisional round.

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Tom Brady present for 2nd straight day at Patriots walkthrough; Nate Ebner has cast on right arm 01.07.16 at 1:19 pm ET
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FOXBORO — For a second straight day the Patriots had a walkthough and for the second straight day Tom Brady was present.

The quarterback walked out with the rest of his team and lightly jogged onto the practice field behind Gillette Stadium with no noticeable limp. This comes after Brady suffered a sprained ankle in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins.

The biggest news coming out of the limited access was safety/special teamer Nate Ebner had a cast on his right arm. It’s unclear when he suffered the injury

Other notable injured players present were: Devin McCourty, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Sebastian Vollmer, Dont’a Hightower, Rob Gronkowski and Chandler Jones.

Brady’s trainer Alex Guerrero was also present for the walkthrough standing on the sidelines.

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Bill Belichick on D&H: Patriots ‘played hard’ and ‘fought all the way’ in loss to Eagles 12.07.15 at 10:36 pm ET
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined Dale & Holley with Thornton on Monday to discuss Sunday’€™s 35-28 loss to the Eagles. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

Although many things went wrong in the game, including the Patriots allowing two special teams touchdowns and turning the ball over on offense twice, Belichick gave his team credit for fighting back in the fourth quarter to make it a seven-point game with three minutes left after the Patriots trailed by 21 early in the final quarter.

“There were some good plays. We threw the ball for over 350 yards, whatever it was. It wasn’t like we couldn’t move the ball, but there were too many plays that offset it,” Belichick said. “That being said, the fact we continued to battle back, make some stops, recover an onside kick, score a couple of touchdowns when they knew what we were going to do in terms of throwing the ball — we were able to competitively somewhat give ourselves a chance. Then we couldn’t finish it on that final drive.

“Look, those guys played hard. They fought all the way. Similar to what happened in the Denver game or what happened at the end of the Giants game. It’s just not consistent enough. We just have to play better for 60 minutes and four quarters. We can’t take our foot off the gas and give up those types of opportunities like we did.”

One of the most talked about plays in the game was the Nate Ebner drop kick in the second quarter with the Patriots up 14-0. Belichick explained what went into the call on a conference call earlier in the day and also said the play wouldn’t be talked about Monday if the defense had stopped the Eagles offense on a third-and-12 play following the drop kick.

“Same as I said after the game, trying to hit that dead space back there,” Belichick said. “They were able to get the ball and it cost us a few yards of field position. It’s third-and-12 and then they convert that. If we make the play on third-and-12 I don’t think we’re really talking too much about that play.”

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Bill Belichick second-guesses second-guessers of drop kick: ‘It’s easy … when you know outcome’ at 4:00 pm ET
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Nate Ebner (43) and Patriots special teams had a long day Sunday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Nate Ebner (43) and the Patriots special teams had a long day Sunday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Hindsight is always 20-20.

No one knows this better than Bill Belichick and the Patriots coach was more than aware that when the Eagles scored their first touchdown on a shorter field thanks to an unsuccessful drop kick, the critics would question the logic of such a move leading a hapless team, 14-0.

Nate Ebner took a toss from Stephen Gostkowski and drop kicked the kickoff to roughly the Eagles 42-yard line. It was quickly and alertly covered up by Seyi Ajirotutu at the Eagles 41. The Eagles drove down the field and when Sam Bradford connected with Zach Ertz, the visitors had momentum. After the game, Belichick indicated the move was done because it was what they thought was best.

On Monday, he expanded somewhat, recognizing the second-guessing that would take place.

“Sure, if you know for sure at the end of the play, that’s where the ball is going to end up and that’s what it would be, then yeah, of course it’s 100 percent obvious to say, ‘Let’s do something else.’ If the ball hits the ground, rolls around back there and you recover it, then that’s something else,” Belichick said. “Or if it rolls back there and they get it on the 20 yard line and it’s one less play that [Josh] Huff has to return, then that’s … look, it’s easy to sit here when you know the outcome of the play say, ‘we could’ve done something else.’ I mean, sure, no question.”

Belichick also noted that the pooch, morter or drop kick concept is far different than a traditional onside kick, which the Patriots executed twice in the final five minutes, once successfully.

“I think the concept of that play is a lot different than the true onside kick where you kick the ball ten yards,” Belichick said. “To me, it’s a totally different play.”

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Eagles DB Seyi Ajirotutu: Patriots’ drop kick ‘turned out to be stupid on their part’ at 1:06 am ET
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Bill Belichick's call for a drop-kick didn't pay off. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick‘s call for a drop kick didn’t pay off. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — No one saw it coming.

Even with how creative Bill Belichick and the Patriots can be, no one saw them trying a drop kick from Nate Ebner following their second touchdown of the game and leading the Eagles 14-0 in the second quarter.

After the Patriots scored back-to-back touchdowns and led 14-0, Ebner attempted a drop kick on the ensuing kickoff, but Eagles special teams player Seyi Ajirotutu wasn’t fooled and easily recovered the kick. The Eagles took over at their own 41-yard line and then went eight plays in 3:43 for a touchdown to get on the board, cutting the Patriots’ lead to 14-7.

“It’s not something you expect,” Ajirotutu told reporters after the game. “But with the Patriots, you can expect the unexpected. It turned out to be stupid on their part, in a sense, because it just gave us better field position. I understand if they got it back, OK, it would have potentially been 21-0.”

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was multiple questions about the decision afterwards, but he didn’t want to get into it.

“Well, I mean, there wasn’t a tremendous downside to the play,” Belichick said.

There was a follow up question on how the kick was supposed to be executed, questioning whether the ball should have been kicked in the air, or on the ground like a regular onside kick.

“We don’t have time for that,” he added.

Prior to the kick, the Eagles offense had ran 21 plays for 54 yards and didn’t run a single play in New England territory. Philadelphia’s touchdown was the first of 35 straight points scored, which had the visitors leading 35-14 in the fourth quarter.

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Tom Brady pays off bet with Nate Ebner over Ohio State-Michigan game 12.03.15 at 12:41 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Tom Brady wasn’t happy Thursday.

The Patriots quarterback, a proud Michigan product, had to wear an Ohio State T-shirt in the locker room during media availability Thursday morning. The apparel was part of a bet he made with special teamer Nate Ebner — an Ohio State alum — on this year’s Michigan-Ohio State game. Following OSU’s 42-13 win over the Wolverines last weekend, Brady had to wear the Ohio State gear.

“I don’t want to make it a big deal. It wouldn’t have mattered to me if I had to wear a shirt or something. It’s just a friendly bet,” Ebner said with a small smile when asked about the wager.

Ebner was asked if he had to give Brady the Ohio State shirt.

“I don’t think he had any on him,” Ebner replied with a laugh.

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James White, Nate Ebner headline Patriots inactives vs. Bills 09.20.15 at 11:37 am ET
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James White

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The following Patriots players are inactive for Sunday’s game against the Bills: offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, defensive lineman Dominique Easley, running back James White, defensive lineman Trey Flowers, wide receiver Keshawn Martin, cornerback Justin Coleman and safety Nate Ebner.

Wendell (illness) was ruled out Friday, while Easley (hip) was downgraded to out Saturday night. Ebner went through a pregame workout with the training staff on the field, but it apparently wasn’t enough to play.

Rufus Johnson and Travaris Cadet are making their Patriot debuts.

Running back LeSean McCoy is active for the Bills.

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