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4-2, 1st in AFC East
Bruschi, Woodson all in on Patriots in Week 7 (0:38)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower smiles when asked if it was cold enough at practice to prepare the team for Chicago. "I hope it isn't any colder than that," he says. Temps are in the low 40s and windy.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

As WR Josh Gordon (10) and the Patriots go through a full-pads practice on Thursday — with wind cutting through to give them a preview of what they might experience in Chicago on Sunday — starting right tackle Marcus Cannon (concussion) remains absent.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots injury report: Starting right tackle Marcus Cannon (concussion) doesn't participate, while Julian Edelman (heel), TE Jacob Hollister (hamstring) and DE Deatrich Wise Jr. (ankle/knee) are new additions as limited. For the Bears, OLB Khalil Mack (ankle) did not practice.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots had DE Cornellius "Tank" Carradine (Florida State/49ers-Raiders), DB A.J. Howard (Appalachian State), LB Corey Nelson (Oklahoma/Broncos-Falcons) and LB Tegray Scales (Indiana) in for free-agent workouts. The team is always exploring options and updating emergency lists.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

From the locker room: CB Stephon Gilmore smiled as he opened a package that included these custom Penny Hardaway shoes. Sharp look.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Snapshot: Patriots players have their physical load lightened by Bill Belichick, who has made today's practice a walkthrough. That might be a result of playing Sunday night in an emotionally-charged game.

Belichick 'not putting anybody in Lawrence Taylor's class' (0:23)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

One highlight of Bill Belichick presser: When asked if Khalil Mack is up there with Lawrence Taylor, Belichick almost seemed offended by the question. "Wait a minute, we're talking about Lawrence Taylor now," he said. "I'm not putting anybody in Lawrence Taylor's class."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots are scheduled to have their first practice of the week at 1:05 p.m. ET as they begin preparations to face the Bears. The top injury situation to monitor is with starting right tackle Marcus Cannon, who left Sunday's game with a head injury. Six-year veteran LaAdrian Waddle is the top backup.

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Hernandez told Pats he feared for family's safety

Aaron Hernandez was worried about the safety of his fiancee and daughter when he came to Bill Belichick in February 2013 seeking a trade, the Patriots coach told authorities, according to documents obtained by The Boston Globe.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Linebackers coach Brian Flores, who is coordinating the Patriots' defense, described his view of the unit through six games. "I'd say we've played how we wanted to play in pockets," he said. "I thought the first half (against the Chiefs) was a great example of that and we had some success. We've just got to do a good job of just playing more consistent."

Hernandez story author details what Pats knew about his issues (1:52)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analysis) and Evan Washburn (sideline) are on the CBS call for Patriots-Bears on Sunday. The top CBS team of Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson draws the Redskins-Cowboys game.

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Ex-Hernandez teammates describe odd behavior

Interviews by The Boston Globe of former Patriots teammates of Aaron Hernandez illustrate an erratic and troubling player in his last season with the team.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rob Gronkowski: Fan throwing beer at Tyreek Hill goes too far.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Slater: Issues on kickoff coverage require more physicality and using hands/tackling better.

Stephen A. bails on Max's new Brady-cliff theory (2:05)
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Chiefs LB: Feared flag so let Brady go on TD

Chiefs linebacker Breeland Speaks says he feared getting flagged when he was wrapping up Tom Brady, so he let him go and the quarterback scored.

Team Stats

Passing Yards258.219th
Rushing Yards123.011th
Points For29.34th
Points Against24.7Tied-18th

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