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News Blitz 12/18: Newcomers fitting in

The Patriots are putting the finishing touches on their preparations for Sunday's showdown with the 3-10 Tennessee Titans. The team was back at work on Thursday and it featured a number of new faces.

ESPNBoston.com reports that Leonard Hankerson passed his physical and was on the practice field for the Patriots on Thursday. LaAdrian Waddle, another newcomer, says he's happy to go from last place to first place after arriving from Detroit. Running back Montee Ball is happy to get a fresh start with New England.

In the no surprises here category: Tom Brady led all players in Pro Bowl fan voting.

The NFL is disputing some of the findings tied to the upcoming release of the movie "Concussion."

NESN.com offers a mailbag and opines that Leonard Johnson will lessen the impact of McCourty's loss.

In Tennessee the Titans are preparing for a variety of trick plays from the Patriots. They also offer some key matchups to Sunday's game.

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