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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Pryor, nose tackle spot a focus


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With starting nose tackle Vince Wilfork injuring his foot in Sunday's game against the Panthers (severity unknown), the Patriots' contingency plans are important to consider.

The top backup last week was Titus Adams, who was making his first appearance of the season after being promoted from the practice squad. Adams got the nod over rookie Ron Brace, as projected top backup Myron Pryor missed the Panthers' game with a chest injury,

Along those lines, it was notable that Pryor seems to be making progress in his recovery. After not practicing all of last week, he was limited in team drills Wednesday.

The Patriots' participation report:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/right finger/ribs)
WR Randy Moss (not injury related)
DE Ty Warren (ankle)
NT Vince Wilfork (foot)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
WR Sam Aiken (shoulder)
OLB Tully Banta-Cain (shoulder)
WR Julian Edelman (forearm)
DL Jarvis Green (knee)
OT Nick Kaczur (shoulder)
G Stephen Neal (ankle)
DL Myron Pryor (chest)
RB Fred Taylor (ankle)
TE Benjamin Watson (knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION
CB Shawn Springs (knee)

For the Bills, tackle Jonathan Scott (eye) and guard Kendall Simmons (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday. Rookie safety Jairus Byrd, who leads the NFL in interceptions (nine), was among four players limited (groin).