FOXBORO - Albert Haynesworth has lotsa fun hobbies. But this past Sunday he stayed off the rock crawler and the power boat and just watched football. "Actually,I caught myself watching the Steelers play, so . . . I watched a lot of football," Haynesworth said Tuesday. "So I wouldn't say I got away from football because, still, I'm drawn to it and like to watch it."The Patriots lock up with the Steelers on Sunday in Pittsburgh. Haynesworth said that, when hewatches football, he focuses on the defensive and offensive lines and a little bit on thequarterbacks. Sunday, hesaw the Steelers running game struggle -- 28 carries and 91 yards -- but Ben Roethlisberger have a terrific daystatistically (26 for 39 for 361 yards and three touchdown passes). Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown combined for 10 catches and 220 yards in the 32-20 win over Arizona. Haynesworth says he's continuing to knock the rust offand that hefeels he's come back well from the knee and back issues he was dealing with earlier in the season.Now, he says, it's time to build on the defensive performance against Dallas. "We had a good game and now we just have to continue it," he explained."The Steelers are a good team, they're kinda like they were a year ago only better. They're not no slouch or anything. They're on a three-game winning streak and they're definitely going to be a challenge."
The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Dolphins game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
C David Andrews (illness)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)
OFF INJURY LIST
QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
DE William Hayes (back)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)
T Laremy Tunsill (illness)
LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
S Maurice Smith (illness)
OFF INJURY LIST
RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)
DT Ndamukong Suh (not injury related)
FOXBORO — Within 30 seconds of his Friday press conference beginning, Tom Brady was talking about biscuits. That should tell you how small a deal he considers the Achilles tendon issue that kept him out of Wednesday’s practice.
Brady practiced for the second consecutive day Friday, after which he confirmed that he will be good to go Sunday against the Dolphins.
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“I feel great. Ready to go, so I’ll be excited for Sunday and it feels good to get a little extra treatment,” Brady said. “I’m feeling great this time of year. It will be a fun week. Nothing to worry about.”
After that, Brady spoke about the aforementioned Thanksgiving biscuits of which he posted pictures on Instagram. He said they were good. Rob Gronkowski said he wanted some and that there would be “problems” if Brady didn’t bring any in for him. Everyone got a real kick out of it.
It’s hard to imagine Brady’s status for Sunday actually being up in the air. He has gone 134 consecutive regular-season games without missing time due to injury. His only absence in that span came in the form of last season’s four-game suspension for Deflategate.