Vereen, Shiancoe still missing from practice

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Vereen, Shiancoe still missing from practice

FOXBORO -- The Patriots buckled down on Wednesday for the team's upcoming tilt against Tennessee.
New England had a full-pads practice under overcast skies. As on Monday, TE Visanthe Shiancoe and RB Shane Vereen were missing in action. OL Nick McDonald is still doing rehab work in shorts.
It was a good sign for the secondary to see Patrick Chung had shed his red no-contact jersey.
There was a new No. 19 on the field. WR Sam Kirkland was cut from the practice squad this morning and the Patriots (quickly) brought Kerry Taylor back in to replace him, according to the Boston Globe.
New TE Michael Hoomanawanui is wearing No. 47.

Jets lose, Patriots guaranteed 1st place in AFC East when Brady returns

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Jets lose, Patriots guaranteed 1st place in AFC East when Brady returns

When Tom Brady returns to the Patriots following his four-game suspension, his team will be in sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

That became the reality as soon as the Jets fell to the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday, 24-3. The Jets committed eight turnovers in the loss to fall to 1-2. 

The Bills and Dolphins each won their first games of the season on Sunday, taking down the Cardinals and Browns, respectively. 

With the Patriots record at 3-0 following their win over the Texans on Thursday night, and with all three of their AFC East rivals sitting on just one win thus far, even if Bill Belichick's club was to fall to Rex Ryan and the Bills in Week 4, it would still be alone atop the division.

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Surely the Patriots would like to have a zero in the loss column when Brady returns. Regardless, to be in first place when Brady's Deflategate punishment is finished -- and having achieved that mark with two different starting quarterbacks -- has to be a point of pride for the organization . . . and a source of agita for those who doled out the punishment.