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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Fred Taylor (toe) sidelined at practice

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Veteran running back Fred Taylor, who left Sunday's win over the Bills in the third quarter with a toe injury and did not return, was not spotted at the start of the team's practice today.

Taylor played 10 snaps against the Bills. He was on for two plays at the start of the third quarter before giving way to BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick touched on Taylor's status on Monday, saying the plan was for Taylor to get treatment on Monday and Tuesday and see if he'd be ready for practice Wednesday.

Without Taylor, the Patriots had Green-Ellis, Sammy Morris, Danny Woodhead and practice squader Javarris James at running back at the start of today's practice.

Elsewhere, cornerback Terrence Wheatley (foot) and offensive lineman Nick Kaczur (back) remain out of practice, while rookie receiver Taylor Price (ankle) returned after missing last Friday's workout.

The team was in full pads, which could mean a chance to work on tackling. That was an area in which the Patriots struggled against the Bills on Sunday.