Quick hits from Patriots locker room

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick hits from the media-access period in the Patriots' locker room:

1. Quarterback Tom Brady has his family in town for Sunday's game, which includes his wife, sons and parents. He was upbeat in a brief conversation at his locker.

2. Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth's injured back apparently responded favorably to practice Thursday. He dressed and headed out to Friday's practice. In addition, tight end Aaron Hernandez said he felt Thursday's went well for him.

3. Receivers Wes Welker and Deion Branch were players drawing larger media crowds.

4. Receiver Chad Ochocinco is continuing his media silence, with no group interviews. We spoke briefly and I asked him if he still felt this was heaven. No doubt about it, he responded. He's preaching patience, saying he is still working to get the complete offense down, but sees progress.

5. One storyline that perhaps hasn't received enough attention this week is the role Jets tight end Dustin Keller could play in the game. He's hurt the Patriots in the past and I got the sense that defenders plan to be physical with him in this game. No free releases.

6. Rookie offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (currently on the reserve/non-football injury list) passed through the room, although I didn't get the chance to stop him to chat. Just a reminder that he's taking part in all meetings and things seem to be progressing for him.

7. Safety Patrick Chung said he hasn't received word from the NFL about a fine for his unnecessary roughness penalty Sunday against the Raiders. He thinks that means he's escaped a fine. (Update, 3:50 p.m. -- Chung was hit with a $7,500 fine.)