Pats start week with walk-through

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For the second consecutive week, the Patriots began their on-field preparations with a walk-through practice, and cornerback Ras-I Dowling, safety Steve Gregory, running back Brandon Bolden and linebacker Tracy White were the only four players not spotted Tuesday.

White (foot), Gregory (hip) and Bolden (knee) were all inactive for the team's Week 7 game against the New York Jets, while Dowling left the game with an apparent injury. Earlier Tuesday, Gregory indicated to reporters that he is getting better but does not yet know if he will travel with the team to London this weekend.

Free agent linebacker Mike Rivera, who was spotted in the locker room earlier in the day, was not on the field for the start of the walk-through. It remains unclear if the team has plans to sign him to the active roster.

Given the amount of injuries the team is dealing with, as well as the extensive travel it has undertaken in recent weeks plus the pending trip to London, it's possible that head coach Bill Belichick conducted a walk-through practice to buy his team some rest. He said during his Tuesday press conference that his team is treating today like a typical Wednesday, adjusting its schedule because of the long trip ahead.