Sunday Patriots Hedlines: September 26th

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September 26, 2010 at 10:49am ET

Special teams captain Matthew Slater visiting the Steelers
Multi-year extension on the way for Patriots safety Patrick Chung
Court to weigh rule that nixed Aaron Hernandez conviction
Patriots add Jason McCourty as they seek familiar names to bolster roster
Guregian: Even after rough week, Patriots still best team in the AFC

It's gameday here in New England as the Patriots are getting set to take on the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium later today at 1:00pm.  In the meantime, here are today's headlines.

Christopher Price of has 10 final thoughts on today's game, with one of those thoughts being that Price feels since Kevin Faulk is lost for the year, we'll likely see more from runningback Sammy Morris today.

Shalise Manza Young has an depth feature of defensive lineman Myron Pryor this morning, and it's a good read so you may want to check it out.

Mike Riess has his daily "Quick Hit Thoughts" with some interesting observations this morning, including the odd coincidence that the week after losing him for the year, his photo is printed on today's game ticket.

Monique Walker of the Boston Globe writes that while he may have been burned a few times last weekend against the Jets, cornerback Darius Butler isn't feeling beaten just yet.

Mark Farinella has a fantastic article this morning pointing out what's wrong with Gillette Stadium both with the noise and the infrastructure.

He also has a good article on the Bills this morning and the frustration they've been feeling after having Packers players laugh at them during last week's 34-7 loss, and he claims it happens when they play the Patriots.
"Grown men laughing at other grown men on the football field. That happened toward the end of the ballgame last week," Whitner said. "And it happens every time we play New England.

"We don't like it," added the fifth-year pro. "We need to stop that. And we look forward to stopping it."

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald writes that the Patriots need to avoid "third and wrong" today, and feels it's going to be a little tougher to do it without Kevin Faulk.

Ian Rapoport takes a look at Ron Brace, who had a rough outing last time he played the Bills and is hoping for an improved performance this afternoon.

Rapoport also has five things to watch for in this one, and wonders how they'll handle the Bills running game this time around.

And finally the Patriots will take a moment today to remember the fan who passed away two weeks ago less than an hour before kickoff against the Bengals.  New England will honor 18-year season ticket holder Jeffrey Chartier with a moment of silence before today's game against the Bills.

That's it for this morning.  We'll have pregame notes shortly.