Visiting reporters are not allowed to attend the portion of Patriots practice open to the media, but all the major local outlets are reporting that defensive end Albert Haynesworth, who missed the past two games with a back problem, practiced today along with backup defensive end Mike Wright (concussion) and backup tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee).
That indicates all three are likely to be available against the Jets on Sunday at Gillette Stadium because New England coach Bill Belichick put his team through a hard-hitting practice in full pads. All the better to put the Pats in the mood for the usual physical battle with Rex Ryan's Jets. The 350-pound Haynesworth is an imposing presence, but he was involved in only two tackles in the Pats' first two games.
Pats nose tackle Vince Wilfork said the Jets' determination to get back to their run game should lead to an even more physical game. "It's always physical, and knowing the Jets, they're going to want to make it physical," Wilfork said. "We won't back down. That's one thing we will not do.
"We're built for it, too. We have some big guys, and our makeup is we're a bunch of 280-pound defensive linemen. We have some big guys upfront. They have the same thing. So, it's going to be a good challenge for us. It's going to be a physical game; it's going to be hard-fought."
Four Patriots did not practice, including running back Danny Woodhead (ankle), an ex-Jet, starting linebacker Jerod Mayo (knee), backup wide receiver Julian Edelman (ankle) and starting right tackle Sebastien Vollmer (back). All indications are that Gary Guyton will replace Mayo at inside linebacker, but Tracy White also could be involved in the sub packages.