QB Brady misses practice for Pats, who also are hurting on D-line

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sat out practice Wednesday with a number of nagging injuries, but he said his biggest challenge is getting enough sleep.

Brady was asked Wednesday about his first week with his still-unnamed baby boy with wife Gisele Bunchchen.

"It's good. It's good. I'm glad it's over," Brady said. "Trying to get back to my normal sleep schedule, which I'm sure, for all of us parents, is a little tough early, but it's coming getting used to this."

Brady has finger and rib injuries as well as a sore shoulder.

Last week, Brady sat out practices last Wednesday and Thursday, practiced Friday and started in Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.

The Patriots also practiced without nose tackle Vince Wilfork (foot), defensive end Ty Warren (ankle) and wide receiver Randy Moss (not injury related) on Wednesday.

If Warren and Wilfork can't play this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, it could cause more problems for a New England defensive line that hasn't shown much of a pass rush.

"If guys go down, another guy has to step in," Warren said. "That's why everybody has to know every position up there on the field."

Wilfork, the top AFC vote-getter at nose tackle in Pro Bowl voting, slammed his helmet to the ground as he left last Sunday's 20-10 victory over the Panthers with a foot injury. He briefly returned in the third quarter but left again after a few plays.

Warren said playing nose tackle is what Wilfork "was born to do."

"And he does it well," said Warren, who went to the sidelines with an ankle injury soon after Wilfork left for the second time.

It's uncertain whether Wilfork will be ready for Sunday's game at Buffalo. With three games left in the regular season, New England (8-5) leads the AFC East by one game over the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets and three over the Bills.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the defensive line woes are just part of the long season.

"It's something that I think every team -- most teams anyway, if not every team -- goes through at this time of year," he said. "You see a lot of players going on injured reserve and you see a lot of other players get signed to replace them, whether it's off the practice squad, which is usually where they come from, or wherever else they get signed, and it's definitely a concern."

Titus Adams, signed from the practice squad last week, replaced Wilfork against Carolina and made two tackles. Mike Wright filled in for Warren. The other regular starter on the defensive line, end Jarvis Green, has played three games since missing three with a knee injury.

Rookies Myron Pryor and Ron Brace were inactive against the Panthers.

"The whole defensive line, whether it be Myron Pryor, whether it be Ron Brace, whether it be Mike Wright, I mean, all those guys learn multiple positions," Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees said.

The Patriots have just 22 sacks this season, ranking 27th in the NFL.

One of the keys to stopping the Panthers was simplifying the defense, Belichick said.

"We felt like in the last couple games, maybe some of the execution might have been the result of not practicing things enough or not reacting quite quickly enough," he said. "So we tried to simplify it a little bit so there would be a little less decision-making."

But without Warren and Wilfork, the Patriots were running out of defensive linemen.

"I never want to see any of the starters at any position, or really anybody on the entire defense, get nicked up or walk off the field that way," Pees said. "But hey, that's part of the game."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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