Notes: Brady, Hernandez and More

Notes: Brady, Hernandez and More

Tom Brady moved up the record books despite the loss on Sunday. Wes Welker continued his career record streak and Aaron Hernandez managed a breakout game. All good things in the light of a negative outcome.

PLAYER NOTES
--QB Tom Brady didn't have a lot to cheer about in Sunday's 34-14 loss in Cleveland, although he did pass a couple Hall of Famers on the NFL's all-time touchdowns and completions list. Brady passed Jim Kelly on his first of two touchdowns and moved into a tie for 16th all time on the touchdowns list with Len Dawson at 239. He also moved past Johnny Unitas for 20th place on the completions list, now with 2,838 career completions.

--RB Danny Woodhead had a career-long 26-yard reception in the loss to the Browns. Woodhead finished the loss with a relatively productive day with nine rushes for 54 yards and two catches for 38 yards.

--RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis continues to lead the New England rushing attack on the season with 94 attempts for 385 yards (4.1 avg.) with six touchdowns. That's despite a dismal effort against the Browns in which he picked up only 14 yards on nine attempts, including just one carry for 0 yards in the second half.

--TE Aaron Hernandez scored his first two NFL touchdowns in Cleveland loss, while leading the Patriots with five receptions and 48 yards. He had a 22-yard reception in the second quarter, having now notched a catch of 20 or more yards in seven of the eight games so far in his rookie season. With 34 receptions for 436 yards on the season Hernandez needs just four catches and 201 yards to set Patriots franchise records for rookie tight ends.

--WR Deion Branch had 21 yards receiving for the second straight week, coming on just two catches as he continues to battle a hamstring injury.

--WR Wes Welker had four catches for 36 yards in Cleveland, notching his 71st straight regular season game in which he's caught at least one pass. Welker leads New England with 44 catches on the season for 355 yards (8.1 avg.) with three scores.

--ILB Jerod Mayo had 10 tackles against Cleveland, his fifth straight game with 10 or more tackles. He leads the NFL with 104 tackles in eight games, putting him on pace for 208 stops on the season. That would be the highest total for a New England defender since 1983.

--LG Logan Mankins made his season debut after ending a contract dispute last week. The Pro Bowler earned the start at left guard, although he did take a couple series off during the game as he continues to work into shape.

--ILB Brandon Spikes continues to trail right behind Jerod Mayo in the weekly tackle totals, the rookie linebacker finishing with eight tackles in Cleveland. With 54 stops on the season, the second-round pick is on pace to surpass the 100-tackle mark as a rookie.

--ILB Tyrone McKenzie was released from the New England practice squad Nov. 6. The 2009 third-round pick missed his entire rookie season with a knee injury and had spent the entire first part of 2010 on the practice squad. He reportedly asked for his release to pursue other opportunities in the NFL.

--WR Mathew Slater led New England with two special teams tackles in Cleveland, and is now tied with veteran LB Tracey White for the team lead on the season with eight special teams stops.

--PK Stephen Gostkowski did not finish the loss at Cleveland due to a thigh injury, forcing WR Wes Welker to handle a fourth-quarter PAT and ensuing kickoff. Gostkwoski's leg "tightened up" in the first half. The former All-Pro can't has been shut down for the season due to the severity of his injury. The Patriots signed Shayne Graham to handle the kicking duties.

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