Patriots get three key starters back to practice

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The Patriots returned to a padded practice Thursday, and they got three key starters back in the mix.

Tight end Aaron Hernandez, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, and defensive lineman Mike Wright all got back to work for New England.

Hernandez and Haynesworth have both missed two straight games. Wright, perhaps the team’s best pass rusher at this point, hasn’t played since a Week 1 concussion.

Linebacker Jerod Mayo, running back Danny Woodhead (ankle), receiver Julian Edelman (ankle), and tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) were all still out of practice.

Though Florio and I both picked the Jets to win on Sunday, the nine-point spread seems a little crazy considering New England’s injuries and awful defense.  If you are into that sort of thing.

43 responses to “Patriots get three key starters back to practice

  1. This is certainly good for their team, but as far as the offense goes…just stick 10 guys out there next to Brady and marvel at how he makes them all into household names.

  2. Mangold’s return is huge for the Jets & Hernandez coming back is huge for the Pats–especially since the Jets D will try to shut down Welker with different looks.

    Mike Wright has generally been pretty solid in the pass rush (of course, using this relative to the Pats “pass rush” and not compared with the rest of the NFL). His return might be bigger than Haynesworth, since we’re waiting for Albert to show us something/anything at this point.

  3. Sanchez (like Roethlisberger) can’t win shootouts against good teams. He (they) can squeak out 13-10 wins but that’s about it.

    Unless the Jets defense holds the Patriots to 10 points or gets some defensive scores the Patriots win easily.

    Bet the farm on the Patriots.

  4. “Patriots get three key starters back”?

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    “Key starters”?

    Let’s see, that would be the cameraman, the film editor, and who else?

    My guess is the third guy is probably the PR man… you know, the one who writes all those lies Belicheat tells everyone after the Patsys get caught cheating again…

  5. “Key starters?’

    Let’s see, that would be the cameraman, the film editor, and who else?

    My guess is the third guy is probably the PR man… you know, the one who writes all those lies Belicheat tells everyone after the Patsys get caught cheating again…

    Anyone remember when the Steelers were a “proud franchise?”

    Me either.

  6. Starter CB Leigh Bodden and promising rookie CB Ras-I Dowling also returned yesterday. All 5 guys were listed as “limited” today, but if even three of them can play it would be great.

  7. How can Wright be the best past rusher “at this point” He has played 1 game….he was their best pass rusher last YEAR until he missed the last half of the season.

  8. 2sausage11 says:
    Oct 6, 2011 4:16 PM
    It looks to me like you both picked the Pats to win…or am I crazy?

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    Me thinks that sentence may have been a typo. I was wondering why it made no sense until I followed the link to the picks.

  9. Pats are going to score at least 30. Can the Sanchize get that many. Didn’t think so. Hernandez is back and Welker is putting up sick numbers and the Gronk is unstoppable in the RZ. You can’t cover them all Revis.

  10. Um …maybe its me?…but I thought they both picked the Patriots to win.

    ROOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLL Another one guys

  11. Having Hernandez backs creates bigger mismatches for the jets. If Haynesworth can play,maybe we can rotate Big Vince to safety since he has become an interception machine.

    Stick Big Al next to Vince and we will have a front seat to see the jets Ground N Fall Down running attack.

  12. honestly dont give 2 f?cks bout the jets. they think they da s?it cause they made two afc champ appearances. patriots go to champ games and winn them. PATS ALL DAY

  13. I don’t know how any Jets’ fan got through this week after what happened on Sunday night…

    That’s the type of loss that kills a team for a year, analagous to the type of win that can get a team through a year. (See Falcons’ first game after Katrina.)

  14. Haynesworth was a key missing starter. They sorely missed his 0.67 tackles and 0 sacks per game.

  15. “maybe we can rotate Big Vince to safety…”


    First we had Revis Island, now we have Wilfork Continent!

  16. @quitsburgstoolers,

    The cameras have long been put away. We have found a new way to cheat (thats the only explanation right?)…………….but you’ll never figure it out.

    Mmm those Lombardi’s sure are pretty. Bright, shiny, and very CLEAN. All three of them!

    Have a nice day!

  17. rc33 says:
    Oct 6, 2011 4:12 PM
    “Key starters?’

    Let’s see, that would be the cameraman, the film editor, and who else?

    My guess is the third guy is probably the PR man… you know, the one who writes all those lies Belicheat tells everyone after the Patsys get caught cheating again…

    Anyone remember when the Steelers were a “proud franchise?”

    Me either.

    ___
    SIX SB titles to THREE*.

    SCOREBOARD, rc33 the moron.

    I don’t particularly like the Steelers but as long as they have double the total of the Pats (two of which are much more recent), Pats fans have NOTHING.

  18. Tombradyallday- i think you gat an f- minus in spelling…same grade for the Pats in the Playoffs last 3 years. Do you even watch football?
    2009- Pats not in playoffs
    2010- Ravens blowout Pats in Foxboro
    2011-Jets dominate Pats in playoffs at Foxboro as Brady suffers worst game as a pro.

    Since Rex, Sanchez:
    Jets 4 road playoff wins, 2 champoionship appearances
    Pats, 1 playoff win at home, no championship appearances.
    That Last Super Bowl win was 7 seasons ago.
    Not alot to brag about since the almost undefeated season,,,oh yeah they lost to a NY team in that one too.

  19. @rexismybff,

    If I were a Jets fan, I wouldn’t attack the Pats for going 7 years without winning a SB. The Jets haven’t won a SB in over 40 years. I think my mom was in 4th grade.

  20. You could bet the farm on the Pats this week……
    except its in foreclosure from the Red Sox bet.

  21. @tombradyallday

    Yeah right, unless you took mind-altering drugs last January methinks that you have thought about nothing else BUT the Jets for past 9 months…

    It should be a competitive game if the Jets can get back into an offensive game flow. If Jets give Pats too many offensive opportunities this will be a one-sided game.

  22. It will be the Eagle’s Superbowl when they meet the Pats in week 12… I hope all the Pats are healthy!

  23. tiffpats4eva says:
    Oct 6, 2011 5:22 PM
    @rexismybff,

    If I were a Jets fan, I wouldn’t attack the Pats for going 7 years without winning a SB. The Jets haven’t won a SB in over 40 years. I think my mom was in 4th grade.

    __
    Only 43 more years to catch up with the 86-year drought of the most beloved of all of the New England teams, the Red Sox. Doubt that the Jets will go that long without another title though.

  24. ““Patriots get three key starters back”?

    ——————————————————–

    “Key starters”?

    Let’s see, that would be the cameraman, the film editor, and who else?

    My guess is the third guy is probably the PR man… you know, the one who writes all those lies Belicheat tells everyone after the Patsys get caught cheating again…”

    Last I checked the Jets were the team that the coaching staff got nailed for kneeing and tripping up a player while he ran by on the side lines.

  25. rexismybff says:
    Oct 6, 2011 4:48 PM
    Haynesworth was a key missing starter. They sorely missed his 0.67 tackles and 0 sacks per game.

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    Only a Jets fan would take 2 and divide it by 2 and come up with 0.67

  26. @rexcancoach

    haha u funny. its coo tho. until jets win sumthin they cant talk. ther superbowl last year was beatin the pats. rex is good coach but gotta win sumthn

  27. ampats and all4patriots … you guys are killing me with the “Wilfork Continent” stuff.

    Let’s put Wilfork and Haynesworthless at the corners, and McCourty and Dowling in the middle, and call the new defense “The Isthmus.”

  28. Only 43 more years to catch up with the 86-year drought of the most beloved of all of the New England teams, the Red Sox.

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    Just watched the Bruins raise the Stanley Cup banner. Great ceremony. 7th world championship for Boston teams in the last ten yrs. It’s great to live in titletown. Hate away jealous losers.

  29. The last 2 years the jets have gotten in the playoffs on tie-breakers. This year’s schedule is tougher. Last season they beat only two teams that ended up with a winning record in 16 games .

    They will struggle to exceed .500 and miss the playoffs this time. They will lose at Foxboro and have only a 50/50 shot at winning in NJ.

  30. SIX SB titles to THREE*.

    SCOREBOARD, rc33 the moron.

    I don’t particularly like the Steelers but as long as they have double the total of the Pats (two of which are much more recent), Pats fans have NOTHING.

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    Then stop acting like a Clipper fan.
    Steelers are the premier franchise in NFL history.
    So sack up and stop being like a whiny chump.

  31. rexismybff says:
    Oct 6, 2011 4:48 PM
    Haynesworth was a key missing starter. They sorely missed his 0.67 tackles and 0 sacks per game.

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    If you want to go by numbers, then your homegirl Revis is awful.

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