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Rams, Pats face extra hurdles in preparing for London game

FILE - This Aug. 9, 2012 file photo shows Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer (27) smiling as he stands on the field before an NFL preseason football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, in Philadelphia. Dwyer has a baby face that belies the ferocity that lies underneath. Don't let the sweet smile fool you. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
FILE - This Aug. 9, 2012 file photo shows Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer (27) smiling as he stands on the field before an NFL preseason football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, in Philadelphia. Dwyer has a baby face that belies the ferocity that lies underneath. Don't let the sweet smile fool you. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File) ASSOCIATED PRESS

LONDON — With the experience of playing in London still fresh in his mind, Tom Brady has been focusing on some special preparations for his return to the British capital.

The New England Patriots (4-3) will play a regular-season game in London for the second time in four years on Sunday when they face the St. Louis Rams (3-4) at Wembley Stadium.

A sellout crowd of more than 80,000 is expected for the sixth NFL regular-season game at Wembley.

The Patriots arrived in London on Friday morning, three days after the Rams made their way over to Britain. Although they did not schedule a practice session for Friday afternoon, coach Bill Belichick said the team still had a lot of work to do.

"We'll get done what we feel like we can get done," Belichick said. "Today is kind of a transition day for us.

"Normally it's the middle of the night for us. But it's not, it's early in the morning. So try to spend the day as the day and then sleep the night and hopefully tomorrow our body clocks will be back on normal schedule."

This weekend's NFL game will be the first in London since the city hosted the 2012 Olympics .

Brady said he watched the London Games on TV, but he was somewhat stumped when asked what Olympic sport would suit him best.

"I'm not the most athletic person in the world," Brady said, "but I got a decent arm so it works for me as an NFL quarterback."

New England tight end Aaron Hernandez will miss Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams in London while he recovers from a sprained ankle.

Dwyer gets more play

A week after having the best performance by a Steelers running back this season, Jonathan Dwyer will likely get another chance to be a feature back.

Dwyer, No. 3 on Pittsburgh's depth chart, expects to start Sunday when the Steelers (3-3) host Washington (3-4). Dwyer had a career-high 122 rushing yards in last week's win at Cincinnati after being deactivated the previous two games.

Ravens fined

The NFL has fined the Baltimore Ravens $20,000 for not listing safety Ed Reed on the team's injury report with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, a violation of the league's procedures for reporting injury information.

Vikings Cook needs surgery

Vikings cornerback Chris Cook was placed on injured reserve Friday, though there is a slim chance that Minnesota's best cover man will play again this season.

Cook broke his right arm Thursday night against Tampa Bay and he will need seven or eight weeks to recover from surgery.

Scott play streak ending?

New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott is doubtful to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins because of a toe injury, meaning his streak of appearing in 119 straight games is likely to end.

Scott has not practiced all week because of a hyperextended big toe that has bothered him since the third game of the season.

Pagano out for chemo

Colts coach Chuck Pagano is ready for his second round of chemotherapy and probably will not return to the team until he completes it.

Interim coach Bruce Arians says doctors are trying to keep Pagano in as sterile environment as possible to prevent the risk of infection.

Pagano was hospitalized Sept. 26 after he was diagnosed with leukemia.

Friday's late game

After losing a bunch of close games, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally enjoyed a lopsided victory.

At Minnesota, no less, where the Vikings watched their home-field advantage come crumbling down during a romp by rookie Doug Martin.

Martin racked up 214 total yards — including a career-high 135 rushing — and two touchdowns, and the Buccaneers beat the Vikings 36-17 on Thursday night.

"We knew that the crowd was going to be loud," Martin said. We prepared for that."

The Vikings, on the other hand, were caught off guard.

"I didn't do a good job of getting our guys prepared for this. We did not play well. That's extremely obvious," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said.

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