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Tom Brady asks a lot, gets it from New England Patriots teammates

By The Sports Xchange   |   Jan. 14, 2016 at 12:29 AM
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass -- Quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is a clear perfectionist. That's made it difficult for young and old players alike to acclimate to the New England system over the years.

Brady has been in the same offense for his 16-year career and doesn't have a lot of time for those not able to get up to speed with him quickly. The future Hall of Famer acknowledged as much this week.

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"I think they get a full dose of it year-round," Brady responded when asked if his intensity is ratcheted up in the postseason. "I would say I'm not the easiest guy to play with.

"I think there are a lot of high expectations and I try to put a lot of pressure on everybody to get the best out of us."

--T Sebastian Vollmer is expected to return against the Chiefs, settling back into his spot on the left side, where he's replaced Nate Solder after he went on Injured Reserve because of a torn bicep.

Vollmer missed the season finale in Miami after sustaining an ankle injury a week earlier against the Jets. He is banged up and so is the Kansas City front that he will face, including Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and Dee Ford.

"It's the playoffs, so I don't think anyone is 100 percent out there," Vollmer said. "It's just part of the game and it's a physical game. (Hali) is a force out there. He has been for a long time. He's given us problems. He's given a lot of guys a lot of problems.

"Houston on the other side or Ford or whoever it is -- they're all good and I think they're fourth in sacks this year and it shows."

--DT Akiem Hicks has been a key part of a solid Patriots' run defense since joining the team via trade in early October. New England finished the year with the No. 9 rush defense in the NFL, arguably the team's most consistently productive unit over the second half of the season.

Hicks and that group will face a Kansas City attack on Saturday evening that had the NFL's No. 6 rushing offense and ran the ball 37 times in the Wild Card Weekend win in Houston.

"(They're) a great running team, a great team philosophy, West-Coast offense," Hick said of the Chiefs. "I just feel like there's 32 teams in the NFL and I feel like anybody can run the ball if you give them the opportunity to, so as a defense you've just got to go out there and do your best to slow that down."

--Tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) was limited in practice on Wednesday. The All-Pro was not seen on the field during media viewing of practice on Tuesday, although the team did not issue an injury report that day.

--WR Julian Edelman (foot) continues to be limited in practice, although he is expected to return Saturday against Kansas City after missing the final seven games of the regular season.

--QB Tom Brady (ankle) was a full participation in practice despite the injury sustained on a hit by Ndamukong Suh in the regular season finale in Miami.

--Linebacker Dont'a Hightower (knee) continues to be limited in practice, although he's expected to return this week against the Chiefs after sitting out the season finale.

--Defensive end Chandler Jones (abdomen/toe) continues to be limited in practice, though he's been on the field all week following a "medical emergency" that sent him to the emergency room on Sunday morning. The abdomen and toe injuries are issues Jones has been dealing with and are not related to Sunday's incident.

--Tackle Sebastian Vollmer (ankle) remains limited in practice, although he's expected to return this week against the Chiefs after he sat out the regular season finale.

--Cornerback Justin Coleman (concussion) continues to be listed as limited in practice.

--Defensive end Nate Ebner (hand) was limited in practice, wearing a black cast on the lower part of his right arm/hand.

NOTES: Wide receiver DeAndre Carter was re-signed to the practice squad. The 5-8, 188-pound rookie free agent also was on the New England practice squad last month. Offensive lineman Torrain Wilson was released from the practice squad. ... Guard Tre' Jackson (knee) did not practice Wednesday. The rookie part-time starter has been dealing with the injury off and on for weeks. ... Wide receiver Danny Amendola (knee) continues to be limited in practice because of the injury he has had for more than a month. ... Tight end Scott Chandler (knee), cornerback Justin Coleman (concussion), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (shin) and offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder) were limited in practice.

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