Quick hits from the locker room

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick hits from the media-access period in the locker room:

1. Players drawing large media crowds included running back Kevin Faulk, defensive lineman Ron Brace, cornerback Kyle Arrington, and defensive end Shaun Ellis. The big story of the day is Faulk and Brace telling reporters that they would be practicing for the first time today, which means the team will have three weeks from today to either place them on the 53-man roster or season-ending injured reserve.

2. Tough day for Michigan alum Zoltan Mesko, the team's punter. He wore a green Michigan State shirt in the locker room, losing a bet to Spartan alum Brian Hoyer, who was all smiles. Michigan State beat Michigan over the weekend.

3. Receiver Chad Ochocinco continues to keep a low profile. He declined media interviews.

4. Cornerback Phillip Adams was back in the room. It looks like he's been re-signed. The team currently has two open roster spots after releasing safety Ross Ventrone and cornerback Sterling Moore on Monday.

5. Players used the words "self-scouting" and "pressure release" to describe the mood around the team. They want to put in two good days of practice, focus on getting healthy, then many of them are planning to return home. They are off Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.