Patriots Mid-Week Wrap

Practice notes and team news heading into week three of the 2003 NFL season.

--QB Tom Brady's swollen right elbow is fine. He does not appear on the Patriots injury report this week.

   --LB Rosevelt Colvin's injured hip is still being evaluated. The team is certain he won't play this week, but the extent of and treatment for the injury have not yet been determined. It's not known how long Colvin, who was not in the locker room on Wednesday, will be out of the lineup or what the exact diagnosis of the injury is.

   --Curtis Martin has been a thorn in the Patriots side since leaving New England for the Jets. New York is 7-3 against the Patriots since Martin changed uniforms. The ex-Patriot has 226 carries against his former club for 944 yards and five touchdowns in those 10 games.   

   --CB Asante Samuel suffered a shoulder injury against the Eagles, and while he is listed as questionable for the Jets game, he did practice Wednesday.

   --WR David Givens remains questionable with a leg injury, but did return to the practice field Wednesday as expected. Even if healthy, Givens may be the odd man out at wide receiver and remain inactive.

   --S Je'Rod Cherry sat out Wednesday's practice after missing the Eagles game with a strained leg muscle. He is not likely to return this Sunday.

   --G Mike Compton injured his foot in Philadelphia and he missed Wednesday's practice while being listed as questionable. Compton has missed just two games with an injury in the last seven seasons over which time he has started all 110 games in which he has played. He has started all 34 games in New England since joining the club in 2001.

   --FB Fred McCrary also missed practice with a knee injury and he is questionable for the Jets game.

   --C Damien Woody missed last week's Eagles game with a chest injury, but does not appear on the injury report this week, which means he should reclaim his spot at center. If Compton is out, the Patriots could play Russ Hochstein at guard or the more likely scenario would feature Woody moving to guard and rookie Dan Koppen filling in at center.

   --CB Eugene Wilson continues to practice at safety and is likely to remain in that spot for the time being. The transition has not been difficult for him because he has solid ball skills and breaks well. He has never played safety before this year having been a corner his whole career, but doesn't mind the move. "Whatever gets me on the field makes me happy," he said.

   --LB Matt Chatham should get some extra practice reps with the regular defense this week since he will be Willie McGinest's primary backup. Chatham played well late in the Eagles game and made a big play when he sacked Donovan McNabb and forced a fumble which the Patriots recovered. Chatham will still be heavily featured on special teams.

   --LB Tedy Bruschi was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week by the NFL. Bruschi had a career-high five passes defensed, including an 18-yard interception return for a touchdown. He also had four tackles and a sack.

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