Vereen returns to practice Wednesday; Connolly absent

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Vereen returns to practice Wednesday; Connolly absent

FOXBORO -- Shane Vereen has finally made it back.

The running back suffered a foot injury in New England's third preseason game and has missed every practice. He was inactive in last Sunday's season opener in Tennessee.

Wednesday, he was out on the practice field for the Patriots shorts-and-shells session.

Dan Connolly was the only player absent.

Connolly left New England's Week 1 game with a head injury. The center has a history of concussions, so Wednesday's missed practice wasn't a shock.

Four players -- WR Julian Edelman, LB Jeff Tarpinian, OL Marcus Cannon, and DE Justin Francis -- wore the black jerseys awarded to players who did the best job on scout team in the previous week.

Andy Dalton named Tom Brady's Pro Bowl replacement

Andy Dalton named Tom Brady's Pro Bowl replacement

With Tom Brady spending this week and next preparing for the Super Bowl, Andy Dalton has been named his replacement in the Pro Bowl. 

This will mark Dalton’s third Pro Bowl appearance. He finished fourth in the AFC in passing yards (4,206) and tied for 10th with 18 passing touchdowns. Brady threw 10 more touchdowns in four fewer games. 

Though he’s often skipped the actual games, this was the 12th season in which Brady was named to the AFC’s Pro Bowl roster. He’s been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last eight seasons. 

The Ex-Pats Podcast: Patriots dismantle Pittsburgh in AFC Championship

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The Ex-Pats Podcast: Patriots dismantle Pittsburgh in AFC Championship

Mike Giardi and former Patriots center Dan Koppen discuss all aspects of the dominating performance by the Patriots over the Steelers in the AFC Championship. The two wonder why Pittsburgh refused to try and employ some of the strategies that were successful for the Houston Texans during the Divisional game last week. 

Also, Dan talks about what the players need to do this week to get ready for the circus that is the week leading up to the game.

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