Cornerback Johnathan Joseph and linebacker Bradie James worked again in practice Friday and it seems likely they’ll both play against the Patriots Monday night. Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph took half the reps in practice Thursday and is on track to play against the Patriots on Monday night, coach Gary Kubiak said at his post-practice news conference. Phillips, when asked if he expected Joseph to be ready, replied: “Hope so. But coach Gary Kubiak stopped short of confirming that Joseph would be in the starting lineup and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips also hedged his bets. “It’s a long week. First-year Texan Alan Ball had been pressed into service with Joseph and Brice McCain ailing – McCain is now out for the year after suffering a fracture in his foot against the Titans – but he has yet to practice this week also because of a foot injury, although he was on the field Friday with the trainers. New England, of course, has the NFL’s highest-scoring offense and best passing attack, and Monday’s outcome could have considerable bearing on which team seizes the home-field advantage in the playoffs.