A brief set of headlines coming off of an off day for the Patriots, but after taking a look online this morning, here are today’s headlines.

Fans were waiting to hear about the status of runningback Kevin Faulk after he sustained a big hit Sunday and had his legs swept out from underneath him, and Tuesday the news wasn’t good. We ended up finding out that the veteran runningback suffered a torn ACL, which one would have to believe will cost him the 2010 season.

Albert Breer of the Boston Globe looks at what Faulk’s loss will mean to the Patriots, with Bill Belichick acknowledging yesterday that it’s a significant blow for his football team.

“That role is a lot more than having the ball in your hands,’’ Belichick said. “Kevin is in there a lot of plays when he doesn’t have it in his hands — blocking, blitz pickup, formation. It’s not just handling the ball.’’

Karen Guregian of the Herald writes that it could be Danny Woodhead who may ultimately try and replace him and feels his signing has certainly ended up coming in handy now that they’re in need of someone to fill Faulk’s shoes.

Mike Reiss also writes that his loss is huge for New England, as the veteran captain has been one of their most productive players in critical situations.  Reiss also wonders if he may have played the last game of his career after this injury.

Chris Price of WEEI.com offers up “The Most Complete Set of Faulk Highlights Ever Assembled”, so be sure and check that out.

The Boston Globe reports that Patriots receiver Wes Welker says he has no hard feelings toward Jets safety Eric Smith, after Smith hit him on a blow to the head which sent Welker to the ground clutching his helmet.

“Eric came up to me during and after the game and apologized and everything else,’’ Welker said. “He didn’t mean to. It was just trying to make a physical football play, and that’s what it came down to. I don’t have any ill feelings about that play or anything else.’’

Former Patriot Christian Fauria was apparently injured by his wife, and now according to the Attleboro Sun Chronicle she’s facing charges.  The newspaper reports that Fauria, 39, suffered scratches on his face and chest and a bruise on his left shin, allegedly after being kicked by his wife during a quarrel at their home.

Dan Shaughnessy wonders if the fans will heed Tom Brady’s message to be louder this week, and feels that games in Foxboro tend to be easy on the ears.

Brandon Meriweather revealed to WEEI on Monday that the reason why he didn’t start on Sunday is because the coaches are apparently not pleased with his performance in practice.  Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston analyzes the number of defensive snaps, and you’ll see that obviously he wasn’t on the field very much on Sunday against the Jets.

And finally the tabloids love pictures of celebrities with their kids, and here’s an entry from the Daily Mail which actually has some good photos of Gisele and Ben playing in the park.  There’s no doubt who he looks like – it’s like Brady’s version of “Mini-Me”.

That’s it for this morning.  Hope all of you have a good day and we’ll have more in a bit.