By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO --With Jerod Mayo expected to be out several weeks due to a sprained MCL, hisreplacement is expected to come from within.
On Monday, a day after New Englands 31-19 win over theRaiders in Oakland, Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed the media, and saidthat linebacker Gary Guyton will replace the captain.
Gary and Jerod came in together, theyre very close,personally, said Belichick. And playing next to each other, they have greatcommunication. Both guys can kind of do what the other one does, and they flipassignments and positions regularly on the defense, just to change up thelooks.
I think Garys got good experience, and he knows all thepositions at the inside linebacker part of the defense . . . Hes a real sharpguy.
Well see what the game plan is, going forward here, addedBelichick. But certainly, Gary has had a big role on our defense over the lastthree years, and hell continue to. Hes a key guy for us and hes done a goodjob and hes done various things. Hes played in sub defenses, hes played inregular defenses, played in our middle linebacker spot, played our other insidelinebacker spot.
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FOXBORO -- The Patriots have added some receiver depth to their locker room by signing Da'Ron Brown to their practice squad.
Brown, 25, was a seventh-round pick of the Chiefs in 2015 and spent his rookie season on the Kansas City practice squad. At Northern Illinois, the 6-foot, 199-pounder caught 155 passes in four years, accumulating 2,295 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores in his career. As a senior in 2014, he caught 68 passes for 1,065 yards.
With the signing, the Patriots have filled out their practice squad. The team has had an opening on its 10-man unit since the Colts signed away receiver Devin Street for their 53-man roster.
With just four receivers on the Patriots roster, not including special teams ace Matthew Slater, they've loaded up on receiver depth through their practice squad with Brown, Devin Lucien and DeAndrew White.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots had both of their qurterbacks on the field and suited up for Tuesday's shells-and-sweats practice on the fields behind Gillette Stadium.
Both Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) are dealing with injuries, but both were present for the session, as were the rest of their teammates on the 53-man roster.
Brissett was spotted in the Patriots locker room before practice with no brace or wrap of any kind on his thumb, but he did have his right thumb taped when out on the field.
Patriots tight end AJ Derby was the lone player in a black practice jersey, indicating that he has been named practice player of the week. Running low on quarterbacks, Derby may have served as the scout-team quarterback as the Patriots defense prepared for the Texans. He played the position at Iowa and Arkansas before changing positions.
The Patriots have four practices scheduled this week, and the team will release injury reports, as usual, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.