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Wednesday's practice report

Correction: We incorrectly identified the AFC Pool Reporter as the Houston Chronicle's John McClain. The reporter assigned to cover the Patriots practices is Dan Pompei of The Sporting News. Here is Wednesday's practice report:

The Patriots had a crisp 90-minute practice in pads Wednesday at the Texans' indoor practice facility across the street from Reliant Stadium.

The team was scheduled to work out at Rice, but received NFL approval to move the practices to the Texans' facility for the rest of the week. "We thought it would be in the best interests of the football team to be here," coach Bill Belichick said afterwards. "This is probably similar to the conditions we'll be playing in, in terms of wind. It will be a little different surface, but this is fine."

Belichick said he thought his team worked with a "decent tempo," but said there were still a few things for the Patriots to "tidy up."

None of the Patriots missed practice. Middle linebacker Tedy Bruschi lined up with the starting unit and did not appear hampered by his leg injury. Safety Eugene Wilson came to the sidelines at one point. He stretched and returned to practice, and Belichick said he would be fine.

Quarterback Tom Brady threw the ball well and the Patriots passing game looked sharp.

"We still have some work to do, but we're making progress," Belichick said. "We're closing in on just about everything, so we have to make sure we've got it right."

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