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Guyton, Pryor take late hits

Favre head shots cost $7,500 each

By Monique Walker
Globe Staff / November 6, 2010

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FOXBOROUGH — Two hits against Vikings quarterback Brett Favre last Sunday cost two Patriots thousands of dollars in fines.

Linebacker Gary Guyton and defensive lineman Myron Pryor were each fined $7,500 for hits on Favre in the Patriots’ 28-18 win. Both players were fined for unnecessary roughness on a pass play, as the league said Favre was unnecessarily struck in the head and neck area.

Pryor’s fine was surprising as the second-year player appeared to put a clean hit on Favre in the fourth quarter. Pryor’s hit that forced the quarterback to leave the game with a laceration to his chin. Favre required stitches and did not return.

Pryor’s agent, Brian Levy, said via e-mail last night that they plan to appeal the fine and “trust that the system will offer [Pryor] a fair hearing.’’

Guyton’s fine was expected after he was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit in the first quarter on second-and-11 play from the New England 13. Guyton was called for roughing the passer, which gave the Vikings a fresh set of downs at the 6. Two plays later, Adrian Peterson ran in for a touchdown.

Mankins not ruled out
After two days of practice, guard Logan Mankins is progressing, and coach Bill Belichick did not rule out Mankins being available for tomorrow’s game in Cleveland.

“He looks all right,’’ Belichick said. “I think he’s got a ways to go. But he looks like he’s in pretty good condition. Logan’s a smart guy, he works hard, so that’s never going to be an issue. He’s just got to get better at doing things that he hasn’t done in a while.’’

The Patriots have a two-week roster exemption for Mankins, who signed his tender offer this week. If the team decides to activate Mankins, it would have to make room on the roster.

“The players who are coming back . . . the more days and the more time you have, the better you feel the situation, one way or the other. To bring him on the roster, we’d have to make a move,’’ Belichick said. “So that’s a decision.’’

First home game
This weekend’s trip to Cleveland will mean just a little bit more to backup quarterback Brian Hoyer, who grew up a Browns fan and attended the last game at Municipal Stadium Dec. 17, 1995.

Hoyer, 25, said he didn’t remember much about the experience, when the Browns beat the Bengals, 26-10.

“The only thing I really remember is people ripping the seats out after the game because it was the last game ever,’’ Hoyer said. “So that’s probably my fondest memory. I couldn’t even tell you if they won or lost.

“I remember we used to go to all the games on the lake and be bundled up and cold, so I guess we should be happy it’s supposed to be decent weather there on Sunday because I remember there were some games when it was bad.

“It will be cool to have the team you watched as a kid to go back and play against them.’’

Hoyer said this will be his first visit to the new stadium and he is looking forward to the chance to return home as an NFL player.

“It’s awesome to go back and play in your home city,’’ Hoyer said. “My high school is like five minutes from the stadium, so it’s definitely a different experience. I’m sure it’ll be fun, but you have to take a business approach, too.’’

Strong showing
As the Patriots enter the ninth week of the season, for receiver Wes Welker, each week is another milestone for a knee that needed surgical repair in the offseason.

Welker tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee during the final game of the 2009 regular season against the Texans. He has played in every game this season, catching 40 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns.

“We’re coming along,’’ Welker said. “Every week is a little bit better. You get bumps and bruises along the way, and everybody has them, and you just roll with it and keep on plugging along and fighting through it, just like everybody else does in this league.’’

Manpower report
For the second straight week, safety Patrick Chung (knee) is listed as questionable on the injury report. Chung injured his knee against the Chargers and was inactive last week against the Vikings. Wide receivers Deion Branch (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (ankle) are also questionable.

Running back Fred Taylor (toe) and safety Jarrad Page (calf) will be out another week. Linebacker Tully Banta-Cain, who missed practice for a non-injury-related reason, is probable, as are quarterback Tom Brady (right shoulder) and linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee).

For the Browns, quarterback Jake Delhomme (ankle) and offensive lineman John St. Clair (ankle) were listed as doubtful.

Quarterback Seneca Wallace (ankle), who did not participate in practice, is questionable, as are linebacker Matt Roth (hamstring) and defensive linemen Kenyon Coleman (knee) and Shaun Rogers (ankle). Tight end Alex Smith (ankle) is probable.

Shalise Manza Young of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Monique Walker can be reached at

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