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INJURY REPORT:Running back Jerious Norwood (head) did not practice on Wednesday. Smith said Norwood was "day to day." Place kicker Jason Elam (hamstring) also was limited in his participation in practice.

For New England, linebacker Jerod Mayo, who did not play on Sunday against the Jets, did not practice.

Smith was asked if defensive tackle Peria Jerry, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last Sunday, had had his surgery yet. He said Jerry would wait a while, as wide receiver Harry Douglas, who tore his ACL about seven weeks ago, just had surgery last week.

Smith said Jerry had no timetable for his surgery.

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NOISY CROWD:Since the Falcons have not played on the road since Aug. 21 in a preseason game at St. Louis, Smith decided to have crowd noise pumped into Wednesday's practice.

"It's our first time going on the road and it'll be a lot different than the two preseason games," Smith said. "We wanted to acclimate our guys to the noise and in our team period we pumped it in. They did a nice job today and we'll continue to use it this week."

Coleman said Gillette Stadium where the Patriots play is one of the loudest in the NFL.

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