FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots players went through meetings today and spoke with reporters this afternoon at Gillette Stadium (3:05-3:50 p.m.), with one of the main topics the health of linebacker Adalius Thomas. ESPN.com reported that Thomas broke his left forearm and is likely out for the season.
Asked how the Patriots have been successful plugging injury-based holes in the past, linebacker Mike Vrabel said: "We talk about it all the time. Our focus has to be on the Jets. We're going to have 11 guys out there. Unfortunately, AD is not going to be there this week."
Cornerback Ellis Hobbs touched on how significant it is to lose a player of Thomas' caliber.
"It's extremely tough," he said. "Any time you lose a player, especially an impact player like him, it hurts. But he'll tell you himself, the machine can't stop. It has to keep on rolling and continue to roll."