Two Patriots missing from Friday practice

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Two Patriots missing from Friday practice

FOXBORO -- Running back Stevan Ridley returned to Patriots practice on Friday after missing the last two sessions because of a death in the family.

Missing from Friday's sweats and shells session was offensive linemen Sebastian Vollmer (backfoot) and Marcus Cannon. Vollmer has been battling injuries since August and has seen action in just six of New England's 12 games. Cannon's absence is new.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

OUT: T Sebastian Vollmer (backfoot).

DOUBTFUL: LB Jermaine Cunningham (hamstring).

QUESTIONABLE: CB Kyle Arrington (foot), S Patrick Chung (foot), C Dan Connolly (groin), WR Julian Edelman (back), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb), S James Ihedigbo (shoulder), CB Devin McCourty (shoulder), WR Matthew Slater (shoulder), LB Brandon Spikes (knee), RB Shave Vereen (hamstring), C Ryan Wendell (calf), RB Danny Woodhead (abdomen).

PROBABLE: OL Marcus Cannon (missed practice Friday for non-injury-related reasons), WR Wes Welker (knee).

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

OUT: DL Chris Baker (quad), S LaRon Landry (groin).

PROBABLE: WR Terrence Austin (hamstring), DE Stephen Bowen (knee), T Jammal Brown (hip), LB London Fletcher (ankle), S DeJon Gomes, QB Rex Grossman (left shoulder), CB DeAngelo Hall (back), G Maurice Hurt (knee), P Sav Rocca (left ankle), FB Darrel Young (head).

Faulk: Brady thanked me for wearing his jersey at NFL Draft

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Faulk: Brady thanked me for wearing his jersey at NFL Draft

Many -- most? -- of Tom Brady's teammates, and ex-teammates, feel the same as the denizens of Patriots Nation: That the future Hall of Fame quarterback has been unfairly railroaded in the kangaroo court of Roger Goodell and Ted Wells and the NFL.

Unlike the rest, however, Kevin Faulk had the chance to do something about it.

He made an unmistakable statement when, while making one of the Patriots' picks at the recent NFL Draft, he whipped off his jacket and displayed a Patriots jersey adorned with Brady's No. 12. And he punctuated it with a look of total defiance on his face.

Pats fans loved it. And so did a certain quarterback.

Brady called Faulk and, according to the ex-running back, told him: "Thank you for just showing the respect that we had for each other."

"That was all it [was]," Faulk said Tuesday morning on Toucher & Rich. "It wasn't [a] big, drawn-out deal, nothing like that. It was, 'Thank you.' . . .

"We may not talk every day, but whenever we do pick up the phone to call to each other, we can help each other out."

Still, Faulk admitted to nerves prior to the moment, Until . . . 

"[I] went to the green room right before they take you to the stage," he related. "And the girl who took me to the green room, she was a New England Patriots fan. And she was like, 'I love it!' So that just gave me that much more . . . confidence.

"It was like, 'Let's go do this!' "