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Hardworking, tough, professional: Guy has earned Belichick's respect

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Hardworking, tough, professional: Guy has earned Belichick's respect

FOXBORO -- Lawrence Guy doesn't have quite the same frame as someone like Alan Branch or Malcom Brown, but the Patriots clearly don't mind using him at some of the same spots where those players typically hunker down.

At 6-foot-4, 305 pounds, Guy is large enough to fill your standard door frame. But in the modern NFL -- and particularly in the Patriots defense -- players who play on the interior in running situations tend to run at least 15-20 pounds heavier. Brown is listed at 320 pounds. Branch, whose size is rare even for professional football, checks in at 350. 

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But with good length and power, and with the savvy to be able to play multiple spots in Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia's front, Guy has been the team's most durable and consistent interior defensive lineman this season. He's at his best as a five-technique, but he's kicked inside and even spent some time at nose tackle against the Chargers in Week 8.

Color Belichick impressed.

"Lawrence is out there every day," Belichick said on Wednesday. "He's a hardworking guy, he's tough, very professional, comes to work every day, works hard, wants to know what you want him to do and tries to do it the best that he can and works very hard at it."

The former Ravens lineman has played in 55 percent of Patriots snaps this season, which would be a career-high percentage-wise for him. In five seasons in Baltimore, Guy, 27, never cracked the 50-percent mark. His 294 total snaps are most among Patriots interior linemen, ahead of Brown (278), Branch (152) and Vincent Valentine (injured reserve). 

If Brown continues to miss time with an ankle injury he suffered in Week 7 against the Falcons -- he did not play against the Chargers and he missed Wednesday's practice -- Guy will be one of the players the Patriots continue to count on inside. The Patriots signed Ricky Jean-Francois this week in order to help supplement what they have on the interior, but Guy's dependability has clearly earned him a sizable weekly role.

"I have a lot of respect for him and the way he's approached everything all year -- new team, new situation, but he's embraced it and has really given us a great effort every single day," Belichick said of Guy. "Not just on Sunday, but every day he's come in and done everything he can do to be a better player to try to help the team."

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.