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Also missing the Miami game were wide receiver Deion Branch with a knee injury, tight end Aaron Hernandez with a hip injury and offensive lineman Dan Connolly with a concussion.

The players also will use the time to watch film of themselves _ their good plays, their mistakes _ to try to improve.

“We’ve all been critiqued this morning,” tight end Alge Crumpler said. “We’ll watch a lot of film, do a lot of things, get out in practice and bang around for a little bit.”

Cornerback Darius Butler had a rough game in the loss to the Jets with two pass interference penalties. That cost him his starting job and he hasn’t regained it.

He knows how important self-scouting can be.

“It’s real critical because once you identify your own weak points, you know probably what they’re going to try to attack,” Butler said. “So, by strengthening those in this short period of time … it will help you down the stretch.”

He’ll have even more to study next week, once he knows which team he’ll face.

Belichick said he might watch some of the Jets-Colts game on TV.

It’s definitely on Branch’s must-see list.

“Somebody’s got to be a fool to tell you, ‘I’m not watching the other games,’” he said. “We’re going to play one of these three guys.”