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Patriots prepare for Jets defense without Revis

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Patriots prepare for Jets defense without Revis

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will tell you that the New York Jets defense looks no different.

But without cornerback Darrelle Revis, who has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season, Rex Ryan's defense clearly isn't the same.

Still, the Patriots believe it will pose a challenge on Sunday.

"It's a challenge every week," said Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch on Wednesday. "I think this is the next best challenge for us. Everything is based off of what we do. Our biggest thing is, we can't be focused on our opponents. We've got to worry about what the Patriots are doing.

"We all enjoy the competition, you know what I'm saying? It's sad that he's down," added Branch. "We never hope for bad for anyone, especially in this game that we're playing. But I'm pretty sure he'll bounce back. He'll be ok. But we always look forward to the competition."

Patriots receiver Brandon Lloyd isn't as familiar with the Jets as some of his teammates who have more extensive experience in the AFC East. But he knows Revis is out so his attention this week is on other members of the Jets secondary.

"I don't know," Lloyd said. "I haven't got that far in film study yet. I think that right now, we're just focusing on the players that are playing this week."

One of the Jets' most important cogs on defense is cornerback Antonio Cromartie. He leads New York with three interceptions, and will most likely be covering Lloyd.

"He's talented," said Lloyd. "He's got a lot of talent, a lot of speed, and he plays well."

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady acknowledged the difference in New York's personnel on defense, but also admitted that Cromartie's presence still makes the Jets dangerous.

"He's a great player, one of the best that I've ever gone against," said Brady of Revis on Wednesday. "At the same time I think they've moved on from that situation and played really well last week against Indianapolis without him. They still have a very good defense. It's built around their team and their scheme and they have very good players, big powerful guys that run well and are very distinctive.

"They have a lot of veteran players at safety and linebacker. Cromartie is a heck of a player in his own right, and he's had a great season, so he's really assumed the role of taking the matches to the opponent's number one receiver, or perceived number one receiver. They seem like they're still doing what they've always done and doing very well."

Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Cutler out for Dolphins

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Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Cutler out for Dolphins

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Dolphins game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

OUT
C David Andrews (illness)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)

DOUBTFUL
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)

QUESTIONABLE
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)

MIAMI DOLPHINS

OUT
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
DE William Hayes (back)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)

QUESTIONABLE
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)

Tom Brady: Achilles injury 'nothing to worry about'

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Tom Brady: Achilles injury 'nothing to worry about'

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.