Quick hits from the locker room

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Some sights and sounds from a busy day in the locker room today:

1. Offensive lineman Logan Mankins, receiver Chad Ochocinco, receiver Wes Welker, safety Patrick Chung and receiver Tiquan Underwood were a few of the players drawing larger media crowds.

2. Some of the discussion with Mankins was about dirty play after Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson labeled Mankins a dirty player. Mankins said he was fine with everyone having their own opinion, and later shared his view of Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, who took a swipe at him Saturday night. "I wouldn't say Suh is a dirty player," Mankins told Tom Curran of Comcast SportsNet. "I think he's a great player." Mankins said the way Suh plays and defends his teammates is what he likes in a teammate.

3. Chung credited James Sanders, who was released Tuesday, for helping him over the last three years because it was "like having another coach out there." On a different topic, when Chung was asked about the loss to the Lions, he said the team is no longer looking back. "That's in the past now," he said.

4. Sanders' locker is cleaned out and the nameplate above it has been removed, a sign that this isn't a situation where he will be returning.

5. Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has been more visible in the locker room during the media-access period in recent days. A few reporters introduced themselves to Haynesworth, who didn't field any questions before heading out to practice.