FOXBORO -- How do you know Texans Week is a big one?
New England had 52 out of 53 players on the field for Friday practice (60 out of 61 if you include the full 'P'-squad).
FOXBORO -- It sounded as though the Patriots had nothing to lose.
The Patriots and Texans' practice and participation reports for Friday:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: TE Rob Gronkowski (forearmhip).
FOXBORO -- As the Patriots prepare for one of the biggest games of the season against the Texans on Monday night, two of its starters have returned to the practice field.
Mlke Giardi has the headlines and highlights for Wednesday evening, including:
The Red Sox being "open" to trading Jacoby Ellsbury,