FOXBORO -- After missing Wednesday's practice with what the Patriots' injury report listed as a neck issue, wide receiver Wes Welker had limited participation in Thursday's practice, and was present on the field Friday at Gillette Stadium. He's listed as questionable for New England's Sunday tilt against the Giants.
The only two missing players were linebacker Dane Fletcher (thumb) and offensive lineman Donald Thomas. Thomas' absence is not injury related; he's with his newborn baby and will play Sunday. Fletcher will be unavailable.
Eight Patriots other than Welker are questionable for game play: safety Josh Barrett (thumb), defensive end Shaun Ellis (rib), running backs Kevin Faulk (knee) and BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe), defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth (back), linebacker Jerod Mayo (knee), offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back).
Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.
"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.
Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."
Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.