The AFC East Notebook

A weekly look at the news and notes from around the AFC East.

Patriots offensive tackle Nick Kaczur was supposed to fill in at guard for Logan Mankins for as long as Mankins' holdout lasted, but Kaczur may be out for the season with a bulging disk in his back that required surgery. So New England acquired offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka via trade with the Falcons to compete for the spot at left guard. Apparently, when a "high-character" team like New England gets that thin at a position, it doesn't mind a little baggage. Ojinnaka will not be available for the season-opener as he was suspended for domestic battery. Facing a somewhat depleted Baltimore defense and a Patriot offensive line that is in shambles, the Jets may be able to put away Rodney Harrison's 0-2 prediction.

Quarterback Tom Brady made a bit of a splash on WEEI radio Monday morning with this little sound byte about Hard Knocks: "I hate the Jets, so I refuse to support that show. ... I'm sure it's great TV. I'm glad people are liking it. But that's just something that I have no interest in watching. I'd love to say a lot of mean things, but I'd rather not do that, either." Regardless of whether or not it was a playful statement, The Jets seem to be getting under a lot of teams' skin. Bart Scott thinks that is productive because it makes the opposition play outside of themselves.

Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne had a good preseason outing against the Jacksonville Jaguars going 11-for-14 for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Anthony Fasano was the recipient of both scores… Chad Pennington is expected to be Henne's backup this season with Tyler Thigpen as a third quarterback. Pat White will be a stretch to make the final roster as a quarterback… Miami receiver Brandon Marshall declined to speak to the media after the Dolphins' preseason game Saturday, saying he needed to see a doctor. Marshall is reportedly fine…and so is the media.

Trent Edwards will enter the Bills' season as the starting signal-caller, but quarterback Brian Brohm may be giving Ryan Fitzpatrick a shove to the No. 3 spot. Brohm went 14-21 for 125 yards against the Colts second defense, avoiding turnovers and playing a conservative game. Edwards completed 5-of-8 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown in the rehearsal… Running back C.J. Spiller, the ninth-overall pick in 2010, is making a case for the starting tailback position, as he had a nice 31-yard touchdown run against the Colts.

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