Thursday Patriots Headlines For September 23rd

Ian Logue
September 23, 2010 at 10:52am ET

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The official news of Kevin Faulk being out for the reainder of the 2010 season became official on Wednesday, as the runningback will now let the swelling in his knee go down before undergoing surgery.  He met with the media yesterday and discussed a variety of topics, which leads into this morning's headlines.

Sean Crowe of the Examiner writes that runningback Kevin Faulk isn't ready to call it a career just yet. Faulk told the media Wednesday that, "I'm gonna rehab my butt off and see what happens."

Mark Farinella of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle writes that Faulk isn't feeling sorry for himself, and is thankful he's made it this far without suffering this type of an injury.

Mike Reiss of writes that no that Faulk is lost for the year, the Patriots will revamp their offense to try and cope with his absence.

Ian Rapoport writes that Kevin Faulk may be injured, but as a team captain he still plans on being there each day throughout this process and will help the team however he can.

Rapoport also offers up a match-up piece this morning with the Sporting News, pointing out key matchups and keys to Sunday's game.

Monique Walker of the Boston Globe offers up a good notebook this morning, touching on a variety of topics including Tom Brady's thoughts on Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, and some other quick points.

A lot of players in New England's line-up have gotten their opportunities thanks to an injury to another player.  Mark Farinella of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle writes that with Faulk being out for the rest of the year, this could be a good chance for Danny Woodhead to step up and contribute.

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald that while Woodhead "may look like one of the equipment boys," he already sounds like he's got "the lingo" down and is ready to try and help the football team.

Mike Reiss of points out that Randy Moss has four drops so far this season, which matches his full total from 2009.

Jeremy Lundblad of writes that while the Patriots used to be great at second half adjustments, that hasn't been the case in quite a while.  As a result it's caused them to watch first half leads disappear far too often recently.

Karen Guregian looks at Tom Brady's play on Sunday, and the process that he goes into preparing for each game.  She also looks at what may have gone wrong, with Brady acknowledging some of those mistakes with the media yesterday.

The Boston Globe reports that the Patriots have secured an extension on the naming rights for their stadium, with Gillette apparently renewing for two more decades with the team.  The deal will reportedly last through 2031, although no financial details were disclosed.

And finally just when you didn't think something so stupid could make a headline, points out that apparently the reason why Tom Brady is wearing his hair a little longer these days is because his wife likes it that way.  If all it takes is growing out your hair to make your supermodel wife happier - it sounds like an easy decision to me.

That's it for this morning.  We'll have more later on so be sure and check back for updates.