Commentary

Thursday practice report

Updated: October 1, 2009, 2:47 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH -- Sights and sounds Thursday from Gillette Stadium as the Patriots prepare to face the Ravens:

1. Practice report: Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (ankle) and inside linebacker Jerod Mayo (knee) were the only players not present for the portion of practice open to the media (stretching and position drills). Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sported pink shoes in support of breast cancer awareness.

2. Sharing insider information: Linebacker Prescott Burgess, who spent the past two-plus seasons with the Ravens, wouldn't divulge whether he's shared any information on his former team with the Patriots' coaching staff. "I can't comment on that, that's between me and the coaches. If they do (ask), I'll tell them what I know." The Jets traded for former Patriots backup quarterback Kevin O'Connell and even made him a captain for the teams' Week 2 meeting, given the knowledge O'Connell offered on the Patriots' system.

3. No tipping hat on injuries: Tackle Nick Kaczur (left ankle) and defensive back Shawn Springs (knee) were both present for the start of today's practice. Kasczur missed practice Wednesday while Springs was limited.

Springs wouldn't tell reporters his status when he spoke in the locker room before the session and, asked where he might play -- corner or safety -- he wouldn't divulge that either. "What position am I going to be playing? You'll have to ask Coach Belichick," said Springs.

Asked if he had a gut instinct, Springs added; "Yeah, I got a feeling, but you'll have to ask Coach Belichick." On the other side of the locker room, offensive tackle Matt Light was asked about Kaczur and whether rookie Sebastian Vollmer was the likely fill-in if Kaczur couldn't go. Light simply smiled wide and said, "You'll have to check with Bill on that."

4. Chung supports the local 9: Rookie safety Pat Chung, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica and spent most of his life on the West Coast, has learned an easy way to win over fans: Wear the apparel of other Boston pro sports teams. Chung sported a Red Sox cap today, notably the "hanging Sox" version the team debuted this season. Fans took notice when Patriots tight end Chris Baker was spotted wearing a Yankees cap after a preseason game.

5. A statement on statements: Springs, a 13th-year veteran, was asked whether he made a statement by appearing on all but one defensive snap in last week's win over the Falcons. "At this point of my career, I don't have statement games," said Springs. "I just go out there and do my job." Pressed if he proved that someone can still play corner at age 34, Springs added: "I don't have to prove that wrong. People are starting to realize that, the way guys are training -- training year round -- age doesn't matter. Look at wide receiver, a guy like Terrell Owens, who's played 14 years and still playing at a high level."

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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