With a decisive 28-0 win over the Miami Dolphins, the New England Patriots secured a first week bye in the playoffs.
FOXBORO -- Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich returned to practice on Thursday after suffering what appeared to be a significant hip injury in New England's win over the Dolphins on Sunday.
Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, January 2:
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The Patriots earned their first shutout since 2009 when they beat the Dolphins yesterday, 28-0. Cause for celebration, right?
FOXBORO -- This is Trevor Scott's fifth year in the NFL.