New England Patriots: Titus Adams

Pryor, nose tackle spot a focus

December, 16, 2009
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:

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

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)

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).

Quick-hit thoughts on inactives

December, 13, 2009
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Some quick-hit thoughts from the Patriots’ inactive players:

1. Quarterback Tom Brady, who was questionable with right shoulder/right finger/rib injuries, is active as expected.

2. Rookie offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (head) and rookie receiver Julian Edelman (forearm) are active after both did not play in the last two games.

3. Veteran cornerback Shawn Springs, who did not play in the team’s last four games, is active.

4. With interior sub rusher Myron Pryor (chest) out, the Patriots have Titus Adams replacing him on the 45-man game-day roster. With Ron Brace also inactive, the team has Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork, Jarvis Green, Mike Wright and Adams atop the defensive line depth chart.

5. With special teams captain Sam Aiken inactive, Edelman projects as the No. 3 receiver. Aiken’s special teams duties will likely be split up, with safety Pat Chung one player to watch in some of those key roles.

6. On the offensive line, the Patriots have a different group -- position-wise -- than they have had all season. With Stephen Neal (ankle) and Rich Ohrnberger inactive, the Patriots don’t have a “pure” interior backup. Instead, they have two tackles as backups. In the event that a starting guard or center is injured, the Patriots would likely have to make multiple changes. Nick Kaczur is one option at guard in the event of an emergency.

7. Running back Fred Taylor, who warmed up for about an hour before the game, was deemed not ready for action. It appeared that he was a game-time decision as he continues his recovery from right ankle surgery.

Lockett to IR; Adams promoted

December, 9, 2009
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots placed safety and core special teams player Bret Lockett on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday, and promoted defensive lineman Titus Adams from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster.

Lockett, a rookie who totaled five special teams tackles in 10 games, injured his groin Nov. 30 at New Orleans.

Adams (6-foot-4, 305 pounds) has spent the majority of the last two seasons on the Patriots' practice squad. He adds depth along the defensive line behind Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork, Jarvis Green, Mike Wright, Myron Pryor and Ron Brace.