FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots called an audible on Wednesday, adjusting the daily schedule and moving the media availability in the locker room to the end of the day rather than the customary mid-morning slot.
Players trickled in after afternoon meetings, which capped off their first day of full-on preparation for the Indianapolis Colts. Cornerback Aqib Talib's was present (he's expected to address the media on Thursday), and the Patriots shuffled the deck a bit by placing Talib at Tavon Wilson's locker and sliding Wilson to a locker next to veteran safety Steve Gregory. The two players now bookend a row of lockers filled with defensive backs, and Talib's locker is adjacent to Devin McCourty's.
Gregory, who said it was great to be back on the field in Week 10 after "essentially being on the couch for so many weeks" with a hip injury, delivered his impressions on having Talib around for his first practice on Wednesday.
"He's doing great, just trying to learn everything," he said. "We're bringing him along trying to figure out this defense. We'll see how it goes."
Asked whether having Talib in the secondary meeting room adds any buzz, Gregory deferred to a focus on the Colts.
"We're just out trying to get better," he added. "All of us. We just want to focus on getting better as a unit and going out and winning football games. And that's what our focus is on now, on the Indianapolis Colts, getting better and trying to win this game."
A couple of players appear to be taking part in "Movember" and are growing a mustache in an effort to raise awareness for men's health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. Punter Zoltan Mesko was sporting a thin mustache, while receiver Wes Welker has gone bold with a thickening fu manchu.
Meanwhile, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has already played against his older brother Chris this season when the team hosted Denver (where Chris is a fullback), isn't looking to his sibling for any advice on Indianapolis, where Chris was traded from this offseason.
"No. He was on the team last year when we played them and I didn't ask him for a thing, so no," Gronkwoski said.
Also of note, recently signed guard Mitch Petrus was in the building and addressed the media for the first time. He adds depth along the interior of the offensive line should the injuries to Dan Connolly (who did not practice on Wednesday due to a back issue) and Logan Mankins (who also missed Wednesday's practice with calk/ankle troubles) linger into Sunday.