Tardiness costs Moss, three others, practice

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.

Coach Bill Belichick declined to elaborate on their absence from the first practice since the New England Patriots’ lead in the AFC East dropped to one game. Moss and linebackers Adalius Thomas, Gary Guyton and Derrick Burgess were sent home after showing up late for an 8 a.m. EST team meeting, according to the Web site of the Providence Journal.

“That’s coach’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.”

Raiders assistant returns

Randy Hanson, who accused Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable of assault after a training camp scuffle, has returned to work in the team’s personnel department.

Hanson had been employed as an assistant defensive backs coach before the Aug. 5 incident and had not been around the Raiders’ facilities since.

Cable denied any wrongdoing and Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein declined to pursue charges.

Eagles’ Reid gets extension

Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid has signed a three-year contact extension through 2013.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Cowboys’ Adams fined

The NFL has docked Cowboys left tackle Flozell Adams $50,000 for shoving New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck in the back.

League spokesman Randall Liu said the fine was for unnecessary roughness, his fifth such infraction this season.

Extra points

Houston Texans running back Steve Slaton, who ran for 1,282 yards last season but has had a fumbling problem this year, is done for the season after being placed on injured reserve because of a nerve issue in his neck. … New York Jets coach Rex Ryan decided that quarterback Mark Sanchez will not play at Tampa Bay on Sunday because of a sprained right knee. … Third-year Denver Broncos right tackle Ryan Harris was put on IR with an injury to his right big toe that will require surgery and rehab lasting well into the winter. … Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, the second-leading tackler for the St. Louis Rams, was placed on IR with a dislocated shoulder and will miss the rest of the season. … Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz says the team plans to rest Matthew Stafford’s injured shoulder against Baltimore and Daunte Culpepper will start.