Quick hits from the locker room


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick hits from the media-access period in the locker room today (11:30-12:15):

1. A quieter day in the Patriots locker room. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, safety Sterling Moore, and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis were players drawing larger media crowds.

2. Receiver Tiquan Underwood chatted about his unexpected opportunity as a No. 3 receiver. He said he wasn't surprised that he played as much as he did against the Eagles, because he was told to be ready and help the team in any way possible. As for his dropped pass, which could have gone for a touchdown, Underwood said he simply needs to catch the ball. "That's hard to watch," he said, when asked about going back and seeing where things broke down.

3. Offensive lineman Donald Thomas hasn't had any game experience at center, but he's been working on snapping a bit this week with centers Ryan Wendell (calf) and Dan Connolly (groin) ailing. Thomas was solely a guard at UConn, played guard with the Dolphins, and has been working as a guard/tackle with the Lions and Patriots. Given Thomas' limited background, if the Patriots need a center Sunday against the Colts, it is probably more likely that Nick McDonald will be promoted from the practice squad. McDonald is taking some reps with the first-unit this week.

4. The former locker stalls of tight end Dan Gronkowski and cornerback Josh Victorian have both been cleaned out, with the nameplates removed. The lockers had stayed intact as both players were on-again, off-again members of the team in recent weeks/months, but it appears the roster shuffle has settled down and neither player's return is in the team's immediate plans.