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Suh says it's his job to make Brady lose his temper with his linemen, coaches

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Suh says it's his job to make Brady lose his temper with his linemen, coaches

FOXBORO -- There was a moment at Gillette Stadium two weeks ago when Tom Brady was on the turf after having taken another body blow from the Dolphins, and he was yapping back and forth with Miami receiver Kenny Stills. Soon thereafter, Brady was intercepted. 

You've never seen a sidelined player so pleased with himself. Stills bounced the length of the Dolphins bench area, grabbed his helmet and pointed to his head as if to indicate he was taking up real estate in Brady's noggin. 

The Dolphins have pulled no punches when it comes to their interactions with Brady. They want to get inside his head. They want to impact him emotionally in such a way that it effects his play. 

On Thursday, Ndamukong Suh re-established the fact that bothering Brady is one of Miami's objectives when the Patriots and Dolphins square off on Monday night. 

“I’d love to make him mad," Suh said. "My job is to piss him off and have him yelling at his offensive linemen for not blocking me, his coach and everybody on the sideline. That’s my job.”

The Patriots beat the Dolphins in Week 12, 35-17, but Brady was hit eight times. Suh and his teammates are hoping the hits have a cumulative effect.

“I think the last game we played them, we had some good hits on him and understood what they wanted to do," he said. "Personally, I can reach back to some times in Detroit where they actually pulled him from a game. [It was] a preseason game, so maybe it wasn’t that important, but it was important for us just to get a gauge to see where we were at. I’ve had some success against him.”

If Suh finds himself in Brady's personal space early next week, there should be genuine concern that he'll attempt to harm the Patriots quarterback in one way or another. That's been his modus operandi for years.

It seemed as though Suh tried to get out in front of that discussion when he spoke to Dolphins reporters and insisted that he wouldn't be lingering in the Patriots backfield looking for trouble. 

"I usually don’t like going to the ground," he said. "I like inflicting pain and then going about my business and getting ready for the next play. I usually try to not stay on the ground [and] hop up quick."

Patriots check-up: Chris Hogan will give it a go; Trey Flowers ruled out

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Patriots check-up: Chris Hogan will give it a go; Trey Flowers ruled out

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Chris Hogan made his way to South Florida with the Patriots on Sunday. And not to watch. 

Tom Brady and the Patriots offense have gone without Hogan since he injured his shoulder late in a Week 8 win over the Chargers. It's unclear how much he'll play, but after four practices this week in Foxboro, he's going to give it a go Monday night against the Dolphins. 

Earlier in the week, we went into some detail on how Hogan could help the Patriots offense if he's able to go. With Rob Gronkowski suspended, Hogan could serve as a valuable red-zone target. 

Hogan's return could also have an impact on the workload issued to his teammates. Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola's snap-counts have been relatively unchanged with Hogan out, but Phillip Dorsett has taken on the No. 2 receiver role in terms of play-count since Week 8. In four games since Hogan's injury, Dorsett has averaged 42 snaps per game.

Here's a quick look at how the Patriots may be impacted by some of the injuries they're dealing with . . . 

Marcus Cannon, Kyle Van Noy, Trey Flowers ruled out: Cannon's ankle injury will hold him out yet another week, leaving the right-tackle duties to LaAdrian Waddle (more on him later) or Cam Fleming. Van Noy's absence could be a difficult one for the Patriots. He has handled the hybrid end-slash-linebacker duties once held by Dont'a Hightower, and he's emerged as a leader of the New England front-seven. Without him, the Patriots become thinner at both the edge and the second-level. Players like Eric Lee (57 snaps against the Bills last weekend), Elandon Roberts (49), David Harris (25) and Marquis Flowers (35) can all expect a busy day with Van Noy unavailable. Trey Flowers will miss his second consecutive game with a ribs injury. Special-teamer Brandon King (hamstring) has also been ruled out.

Issues on the edge: Injuries to Van Noy and Flowers aren't the only issues the Patriots have on the edge. Deatrich Wise (foot) came into the weekend listed as questionable. He only managed to get onto the field for one practice this week. The Patriots have been perilously thin at defensive end all season -- the Derek Rivers injury, Rob Ninkovich retirement and Kony Ealy release had something to do with that -- and are facing a situation where they may have to go deep into their bench just to man the position. If Wise is at all limited, Bill Belichick could be forced to turn to Lee and Geneo Grissom -- both of whom were practice-squad players just a few weeks ago. Rookie defensive tackle Adam Butler could also potentially bump outside; the Patriots worked him there throughout training camp. 

Waddle improving, still questionable: Waddle worked out prior to the Bills game but was deemed unable to go. His ankle injury has improved steadily since then, however. While it's not certain he'll play, he'll have a better shot at getting back onto the field than he did a week ago. Waddle was injured in the fourth quarter of his team's win over the Dolphins in Week 12. Whoever is playing right tackle for the Patriots, whether it's Waddle or Fleming, will have his hands full. Dolphins pass-rusher Cameron Wake typically lines up on that side. 

Something going around the running backs room: Mike Gillislee (illness) was ruled out on Sunday night. He missed Saturday's practice with an illness one day after Dion Lewis missed a practice due to illness. Lewis practiced on Saturday and is expected to be ready for Monday night. Gillislee has been a healthy game-day scratch since the Week 9 bye. 

Patriots will have to wait for hats, tees after Bills overtime win

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Patriots will have to wait for hats, tees after Bills overtime win

The Patriots had a chance to earn their ninth-straight AFC East title before taking the field on Monday night. But the hat-and-t-shirt hoopla will have to wait. 

A loss or a tie for the Bills on Sunday afternoon would've allowed the Patriots to extend their record for division championships, but Buffalo got an overtime win against the Colts, delaying the inevitable. 

Oddly enough several former Patriots factored into the outcome as the Bills beat the Colts, 13-7, during a snow storm in Orchard Park.

Jacoby Brissett attempted 22 passes and completed just 11 in the blizzard-like conditions for 69 yards and a touchdown. Adam Vinatieri made a 43-yard extra point in the fourth quarter to help send the game to overtime -- conjuring up memories of his 2001 postseason -- but missed a field goal from the same distance as time expired in regulation that would have won it. Kenny Moore, an undrafted rookie who spent training camp with the Patriots, was in coverage on a long completion that got the Bills into Colts territory. Soon thereafter LeSean McCoy dashed for the game-winning touchdown. 

The Patriots can clinch the division with a win Monday night against the Dolphins.

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