Patriots Notebook: Brady, Pryor, & More

Tom Bady feels fine, Ron Brace is missing from the lineup, Ty Warren feeling better. News and notes from midweek 8.

Brady Feels Fine

Halfway through his first season back from major knee surgery, QB Tom Brady feels at the top of his game physically and no longer appears to be a concern as the Patriots approach the stretch run.

"I feel the best I've ever felt," Brady said. "Guys retire at the quarterback position and other positions because they can't run anymore. That's what the game comes down to for 90 percent of the players. For a quarterback, it's not an issue.

"I was slow to start, and I'm slower now, and I'll be slower 10 years from now, and so is Favre, and so is Peyton Manning. All these guys, no one can run."

Warren Good To Go

--DE Ty Warren told a local radio show he's good to go and should be back in the lineup Sunday against Miami.

"I'm feeling pretty good about my situation," Warren said. "I'm feeling OK."

Warren left the team's game against Tampa Bay two weeks ago with an ankle injury, but is expected to be in the lineup this weekend.

L to R: Brace, Pryor, Richard at pracitice (AP Photo)

Pryor Call

On the defensive line, the Patriots have been using sixth-round pick Myron Pryor far more than second-round pick Ron Brace, who has been inactive for four consecutive weeks.

Defensive coordinator Dean Pees insists it has more to do with matchups than performance.

"Ron is working hard," Pees said. "He's learning the system. He's doing a good job in there. It's just been a matter of us trying to say who kind of fits the role that we need this week in this particular spot. It may not necessarily have anything to do with whether Ron has not done or has done well. It's more a fact of, this guy kind of fits what we want there."

NOTES:
--The Patriots are hoping for more in the second half from RB Laurence Maroney, who had a 45-yard touchdown run in the win over Tampa Bay. That run by Maroney is the team's longest of the season.
--WR Sam Aiken might see even more playing time on offense with Julian Edelman still nursing a broken arm. Aiken is a special-teamer by trade, but will be counted on to serve as a No. 3 wideout.
--LB Tully Banta-Cain has three sacks this season and has been one of the team's more reliable pass-rushing threats. The Patriots are banking on his knowledge of the system to help them down the stretch.
--LB Adalius Thomas ranks 14th on the team in tackles this season and has just one sack. The Patriots will need more from him in the second half in order to make their pass rush more consistent.
--LB Junior Seau should get more playing time on the interior, which would allow the Patriots to turn Thomas loose as a pass-rusher, perhaps increasing his effectiveness. Seau will play a pretty big role down the stretch.

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