Moss, three other Patriots disciplined for being late to meeting

Tom Brady

wants his teammates to prepare harder to keep a playoff berth from slipping away. On Wednesday,

Randy Moss

and three key defensive players didn't even make it to practice.


Moss and linebackers

Adalius Thomas


Gary Guyton


Derrick Burgess

were sent home after showing up late for an 8 a.m. team meeting, according to the Web site of the Providence Journal.

"That's [coach

Bill Belichick

's] decision," said Brady, who made it to work despite a moderate snowfall that caused traffic snarls. "I've got to do my job. I've got plenty of things to do. Like I said, I've got to show up every day and bring whatever I have - the energy and the leadership that I have - to this team, because that's what all those guys [do]. That's what our job is."

Brady went to work the day after his wife, supermodel

Gisele Bundchen

, gave birth to their son.


The NFL fined left tackle

Flozell Adams

$50,000 for shoving Giants defensive end

Justin Tuck

in the back, a person familiar with the fine told the Associated Press.



Andy Reid

received a three-year contract extension through 2013. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Reid reportedly will earn between $5 million and $6 million per season.

Quinton Ganther

will start Sunday's game at Oakland, becoming the team's fourth starting running back this season. Ganther moves ahead of

Rock Cartwright

, who started the past two games.