Friday Patriots Headlines: September 24th

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September 24, 2010 at 08:58am ET

Buckley: Year after year, Gil Santos delivered
Bill Belichick pays tribute to Patriots Hall of Fame broadcaster Gil Santos
Bill Belichick pays tribute to the late Gil Santos
Tight end Troy Niklas’ “crazy” story makes him a Patriot and a father, too
Patriots notebook: Season starts with Houston at Foxboro

Jeff Howe of has a preview for this weekend's game between the Patriots and Bills, looking at key match-ups and statstics between the two teams.

Jennifer Toland of the Worcester Telegram reports that wide receiver Wes Welker knows exactly what Kevin Faulk is going through after the veteran runningback tore his ACL in Sunday's loss to the Jets, and offered him some advice.
“I figured he’d be OK because he’s always bounced back,” Welker said yesterday, “and he kind of hopped up to his feet, but it’s just one of those things and you hate to see it, but it’s just part of the game.”
“I told him the first few days are really the worst, both mentally and physically,” Welker said. “I just encouraged him through those times and told him if he has any questions, I feel like I’m an expert.”

Michael Vega of the Boston Globe has a piece this morning on Gerard Warren's two sack performance against the Jets last weekend, which was his first multi-sack game since 2003.

Ian Rapoport also has more on Warren, who told him yesterday he's landed his dream job here in New England.
“You know when you’re working a job and you got that dream location and position?” he asked. “This is where I want to be.”

It's been a long week rehashing everything that went wrong last Sunday, and Mark Farinella of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle writes that wide receiver Wes Welker has moved on, which he says is the only thing you can do after a difficult loss.
"Moving on from a loss is the best thing you can do," Patriots' wide receiver Wes Welker said Thursday. "The best thing you can do is to get back to work, and get after it, and that's what we're planning for this week."

After losing their first game of the year Vince Wilfork knows that it's far too early to panic, telling the Boston Herald that they just have to get back to playing good footblall.
“We can’t hit a panic button,” Wilfork said, speaking with reporters at his locker yesterday. “We just have to play better, execute better. Then I think we’ll be OK. We have a little division game this week. We have a chance to turn it around, get back to playing some good football.”

Christopher Price of writes that since 2003, the Bills have been the "butt of the Patriots jokes," and that event he media laughs each time the two teams meet and wishes they could turn things around.

Ian Rapoport of the Herald caught up with Brandon McGowan who is on injured reserve after suffering a torn pectoral muscle during training camp, and McGowan is hanging in there despite being unable to play.
“I’m doing good, I’m straight,” McGowan told me. “I’m chilling with my family, just trying to get better.”
“Still got to live,” he said. “I got a wife, a son, they still keep me alive, you know? So, a lot of it is thanking my wife and son for being there for me. Other than that, I wake up every morning, I ain’t got nothing to complain about.”

I don't know why this needed to make a national headline, but CBS Sports reports that Ron Brace had his license temporarily suspended earlier this month due to the fact he failed to respond to a citation for not displaying his license plate properly.  They also point out he was in an accident in July of '09 and got a speeding ticket in February.  So he's a bad driver - as long as can stop the run and rush the passer, I can live with that.

While many have discarded Adam Vinatieri ever since he headed to the dark side by leaving for Indianapolis via free agency, for those fans who still appreciate what he did in New England there was an interesting story out of the Indianapolis Star this morning on him.  According to the newspaper Patriots fans may have missed out on all of those game winning field goals, as his plan was to be a surgeon - not a football player

And finally there always seems to be a tabloid article when you're married to a supermodel or have dated a famous actress, and this morning isn't any different.  For any fans who wonder if Bridget Moynahan publicly says anything negative about Tom Brady after the two had a child together but the Patriots signal caller ended up marrying Gisele Bundchen, Donny Wahlberg says she's got class and that isn't the case.  He's starring in a new show with Moynahan, and in a recent radio interview said that despite the fact he's a Patriots fan Wahlberg says that she's never said anything negative about him.
"We talk a lot, we’re both single parents now, and you know, we have a lot in common," Donnie told the radio duo. "But I did tell her, as friendly as we get, as much as I’m your friend, I’m still going to go to the Patriots games and I’m still going to cheer for Tom, I hope that’s not a problem."
"She was like, ‘Of course you gotta cheer for him,’ and when she brings her son around, we high-five over the games."

That's it for this morning.  We have a couple of other things that are just about done that should be up shortly, so be sure and check the front page of for those in a bit.