Faulk Getting Grip On His Career [8:06 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Fumbling just about killed Faulk's Patriots career last season, and coach Bill Belichick had so little confidence in Faulk entering this season that he didn't put him on the 45-man active roster for the opener in Cincinnati. "We dress the best 45," Belichick said at the time. Faulk hasn't missed a game since, and his fumbling is in remission: He has fumbled once this season, and recovered it himself.'
Healthy returns on D-line [8:00 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Defensive end Willie McGinest (leg) and tackle Richard Seymour (hamstring) were upgraded to probable on the injury report yesterday after participating in practice all week. Only starting defensive right end Anthony Pleasant (flu) remains questionable among the regulars on the defensive line. Meanwhile, Matt Light (shoulder) and Greg Robinson-Randall (ankle) remain doubtful, meaning rookie Kenyatta Jones will likely get the start at left tackle and veteran Grant Williams will get the start at right tackle.'
Brady has stepped up since replacing injured Bledsoe this season and is...getting the job done [7:59 AM]
Qunicy Patriot Ledger reports: 'Tom Brady was one of the 200 most sought-after players in the 2000 draft, which is a nice way of saying he was chosen 199th overall.'
Coaches share humble origins [7:57 AM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'What jumps out to Belichick about the Bills quarterback has been the way he has been hit. If he isn't sacked, Johnson is hit delivering the ball. It's far worse than Bledsoe ever experienced. They have an offensive line with three rookie starters.'
Vinatieri provides kick [7:56 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Adam Vinatieri has been rock solid again this season for the Patriots, while rookie Jake Arians has struggled during his brief tenure with the Bills.'
Money is sure to kick in [5:43 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Right now, Vinatieri is fourth in the NFL with 59 points, making 13 of his 14 field goal attempts, including 6 for 7 from 40-49 yards.'
Bledsoe awaits the magic word [5:42 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'There has been speculation that Bledsoe could be ready to play next Sunday night against the Rams at Foxboro Stadium.'
Williams calls 615 to reach old pal [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'That would be the area code for Nashville, Tenn., where Williams spent the past four years as the very successful defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans. Williams is discovering what many NFL coaches before him learned, that it's lonely at the top, especially during his team's challenging 1-6 start.'
Smith looks forward to playing Bills [5:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'Smith said he held "no grudges" mainly because his problems stemmed from his disputes with offensive coordinator Joe Pendry, who no longer works in Buffalo.'
Fina says he's not done yet [6:32 PM]
AP reports: '"John wants to be back out there, but he's just struggled as much with fatigue in the leg as anything else," Donahoe said. "We're trying to give John a little bit of time to see if he can get some strength back and contribute for us this year. ... We have not phased him out at all."'
Bills rookie RB Henry sentenced to community service [6:30 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Henry could still get suspended by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy.'
Pats must disregard Buffalo's record [4:30 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: '"Like a wounded animal, they'll come out fighting. They're also playing better on the road. It looks like (quarterback) Rob Johnson doesn't get booed, and they look more comfortable on the road."'
Seeing red [1:48 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are a bunch of losers. Okay, with the exception of Peerless Price, whom I'd adore even if he hadn't done that absolutely wonderful job of catching a 61-yard Johnson pass. I just love that man's name. Mama and Daddy must have loved that little boy to name him Peerless. And here's to you, peerless Peerless, for living up to your name. That was one fine catch. And of course Eric Moulds, who gave Flutie a postgame hug and can always be counted on to work hard for his money. But a good portion of the Bills are losers, and not only because they lose games. They are losers because they cheat.'
Henry sentenced to 100 hours community service [1:46 PM]
AP reports: Henry still faces possible punishment from NFL. Buffalo Bills rookie RB Henry was sentenced Friday to 100 hours of community service for having a sexual encounter with a minor. Henry was at a suburban Buffalo gas station when two girls approached him. The three went to Henry's home, where the encounter took place, and after the 15-year-old girl told him she was almost 18. Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark previously said that a misdemeanor was the appropriate charge in cases involving similar circumstances.
Brady fills in just fine for Pats [1:31 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Enter Brady, who was fourth on New England's depth chart behind Bledsoe, John Freisz and Michael Bishop the last time the Bills travelled to Foxboro in 2000. Sunday, Brady gets his seventh start of the season when Buffalo comes calling, and all Brady has done in Bledsoe's stead is lead the Patriots to a 4-2 mark as a starter.'
Bills bid farewell to Foxboro Stadium Sunday [1:30 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Sitting just off of U.S. Route 1 in the town of Foxboro, Mass., sits Foxboro Stadium, the soon-to-be-replaced home of the New England Patriots, as the construction of CMGI Field, the new 68,000-seat stadium that will open next season, towers over the older facility. This Sunday, Buffalo makes its final scheduled visit to 30-year old Foxboro Stadium, and will be the 31st and final visit of what has been a somewhat quirky series of games there.
Quotes on Jim Kelly [1:29 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "He is somebody I looked up to at the University of Miami. He's had a great career in everything he has done. Without him the Bills wouldn't have made their four Super Bowl run. He makes the players around him better. He was a winner. He was tough. He played quarterback with a linebacker mentality." -Vinny Testaverde
Bills try to protect against another beating [12:43 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Another week, another starting offensive line combination. At least that's what the Buffalo Bills are hoping for when they visit Foxboro Stadium on Sunday to take on the New England Patriots. Gregg Williams, still seeking his second win as a head coach seven games into the season, said Wednesday that Jonas Jennings will replace Marques Sullivan at left tackle against the Patriots, while Jerry Ostroski will take over for Jon Carman on the right side, assuming both would-be starters are healthy. That's no small leap of faith -- Jennings, who opened the year as the starting right tackle, has missed the last two games with a sprained foot. Ostroski hasn't played in a game since the second week of the exhibition season, due to a fractured tibia. Both were listed as questionable on the mid-week injury report.'
Searching for Eric Moulds [10:45 AM]
Sport Ticker reports: Article from a fantasy football perspective, but interesting because it discusses/debunks common thoughts about why the Bills #1 offensive weapon has been so quiet this season. The article lays blame on the game plan of Offensive Coordinator Mike Sheppard.
Surprising start for Brady's bunch [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'ESPN even did a spoof of "The Brady Bunch," interviewing cast members who portrayed Tom as the "missing Brady." Even Brady's New England Patriots' teammates are having fun with it. "Yeah, too much fun at my expense," Brady said. "The scary thing is too many guys on our team thought it was for real."'
Getting the call quite a relief for Prioleau [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's a little bit discouraging on Sunday when you're out there watching other guys run around and having fun on the football field," said Prioleau (pronounced Pray-Low). "You miss it a whole lot. But week-to-week, I just prayed on it and knew that I would be back in the game." His prayers were answered when the Buffalo Bills signed him to their active roster Wednesday.'
Smith's tank still full [9:12 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Even New England coach Bill Belichick admits he wonders at times when veteran cornerback Otis Smith will reach the point of diminishing returns. "Each year you say, 'How much longer is this going to last, at what point is he going to start to decline,' " Belichick said, "and I just haven't seen it. He really has the same qualities he did five years ago when we first got him."'
Willie is back among the best [9:11 AM]
Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports: 'Willie McGinest hasn't returned to the form that once prompted Patriots coach Bill Belichick to compare him to Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor. However, he isn't playing like Lawrence Welk, either.'
Patriots know the half of it [5:29 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Damien Woody was asked straight out, ''Can the Patriots begin thinking about the playoffs?'' ''Why not?'' Woody said. ''We're getting better week after week. If we can avoid mistakes and play our game, there's no reason we can't be a playoff team. We're 4-4 right now, and that's like 0-0. What we do the rest of the way, we can control that."'
Coleman may be able to lend helping hands [5:28 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Not able to wait any longer for Terry Glenn to get on the practice field, the Patriots had to bring in a fresh body, and yesterday signed former Buffalo Bills draft pick and former Chicago Enforcer (XFL) wide receiver Fred Coleman for the remainder of the season.'
It's Brady's show now [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has suffered enough. If he is asked one more time about Marcia Brady, he's going to start wishing his last name was Partridge.'
Been there [5:17 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'But veteran linebacker Ted Johnson said he not only feels for teammate Terry Glenn, he relates to the oft-troubled receiver as well. While Johnson in no way compared his rough childhood to that of Glenn, whose mother was murdered when he was 13, Johnson detected similarities nonetheless. Johnson said he carried his own troubled past, and what he said were its resultant "self-destructive behaviors," into his adulthood. It got to the point where a few years ago Johnson had to ask for help. Johnson said until Glenn does the same thing, he will continue to struggle.'
Brown's double trouble not so bad [5:14 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Not too long ago, receiver Troy Brown was a third or fourth option in the Patriots passing game, a player that drew little attention from opposing defensive coordinators and rarely anything more than single coverage. That's all changed. As the Pats' top receiver - he's on pace to catch 106 passes - Brown is suddenly the recipient of a lot of attention, and not just on third downs. For the first time in his career, Brown is being double-teamed.'
Pats Bruised And Bumped [5:13 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'WFSB, Channel 3, will televise the Kansas City Chiefs-Jets game at 1 p.m. instead of the Bills-Patriots. But the decision to ditch the Pats, adding insult to their injury list, was not made by WFSB. "The [CBS] network says, `This is the game we're going to give you,' and unless we petition the network to change the game, that's the game we get," Channel 3 general manager Al Bova said.'
Time stands still for Smith [5:11 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Otis Smith is the oldest player on the New England Patriots' roster, and one of the most popular. These days, he also is one of the most dependable Pats, both on and off the field. At age 36, a time when most cornerbacks have long since gone into another line of work, Smith is playing some of the best football of his career.'
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