Encouraging injury signs for Patriots

In an encouraging sign for the Patriots on the injury front, left tackle Matt Light, center Dan Koppen, running back Sammy Morris, receiver Julian Edelman and safety Brandon Meriweather were present for the start of the team's Friday practice inside the Dana-Farber Field House.

The only players not spotted at the start of practice were rookie receiver Brandon Tate (knee), veteran running back Fred Taylor (right ankle), and defensive lineman Jarvis Green (knee).

Light has been out since the team's Oct. 11 loss to Denver with a right knee injury and Morris (knee) and Edelman (forearm) have not played since being injured in an Oct. 18 victory over Tennessee. Koppen left last Sunday's win over the Dolphins with a knee injury and Meriweather, who played every snap Sunday, had missed the last two days of practice with a foot injury.

As expected, two sets of speakers were set up along the sideline Friday as the Patriots prepared to work in noisy conditions in anticipation of a raucous environment at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday night. The Patriots traditionally practice indoors when preparing to play in an indoor venue.