WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A recap of some of the top things to know about the New England Patriots over the past day, as there have been a lot of footballs in the air:
1. Quarterback Tom Brady missed practice Tuesday to be in New York for another round of settlement talks with the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell. Those talks "got nowhere," according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Brady's plan is to be present Wednesday and tomorrow in West Virginia for joint practices with the Saints.
2. The team practiced Tuesday morning at Gillette Stadium before traveling to West Virginia for joint practices, arriving around 6 p.m. ET.
3. Rookie right guard Tre' Jackson, who has been with the top unit since the first day of training camp, returned to practice one day after being carted off with heat-related cramps.
4. The Patriots acquired second-year tight end Asante Cleveland from the 49ers in exchange for offensive lineman Jordan Devey. Cleveland, who entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Miami, played in six games last season with San Francisco and didn't record any statistics. He adds depth at a position that has been thinned by injuries and personnel decisions.
5. First-year offensive tackle Chris Martin was claimed on waivers from the Dolphins. This helps the coaching staff manage a position that has three players -- starting left tackle Nate Solder, starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer and top swing tackle Marcus Cannon -- not yet ready for action.
6. Rookies Trey Flowers (defensive end) and Darryl Roberts (cornerback) remained out of practice after sustaining injuries in the preseason opener. Flowers appeared to be concussed in the game, while Roberts was having his hand/wrist looked at on the sideline.
7. Third-year man Josh Kline, who had been taking top repetitions at center this week in practice, was a notable absence from the morning practice. That could once again thrust undrafted free agent David Andrews into the top mix, as he's been a darkhorse for a roster spot who has generated some momentum.
8. The past three practices have been filled with a heavy dose of situational work, with coach Bill Belichick calling out various scenarios and players being forced to react quickly. Some of the situations have been unique, such as a running back being allowed to score but having the presence of mind to give himself up close to the goal-line so the opposition can't get the ball back.