Tuesday Morning Headlines For October 19th

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October 19, 2010 at 08:38am ET

Patriots’ Malcolm Mitchell happy with rehab progress
Free agent WR Eric Decker says he would be 'good fit' with Patriots
Man charged with robbing Gronkowski's home arraigned
Buckley: What will Tom Brady do when he retires from football?
Tom Brady teases with Instagram comment

The players will get today off before the team returns to work tomorrow to start preparing to head out to San Diego to take on the Chargers this Sunday.  In the meantime, here are today's headlines.

In a bizarre story, former Patriots linebacker Junior Seau was recently arrested for a domestic violence incident, and then just hours after his release from jail drove his car off of a cliff yesterday.  He was reportedly treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Scripps La Jolla Hospital after the car he was driving plunged off a cliff in San Diego County, according to the Carlsbad Police Department.

The Boston Herald reports that a Patriots fan is in critical condition after crashing following New England's overtime win over the Ravens.  The three other passengers who were in the vehicle were killed.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports reports this morning that the NFL will announce helmet-to-helmet suspensions after several of those types of plays occurred over the weekend, including the one by Brandon Meriweather on Ravens tight end Todd Heap.  The announcement will reportedly come tomorrow.

Meriweather was on the Dale & Holley show on WEEI and was unapologetic about the play, even though he knows he's going to be punished for it.
"Y'all got the stats, right?" he said to hosts Dale Arnold and Michael Holley on the Dale And Holley Show. "What was the stats after that hit, and before it? I think it was a lot better after than it was before it. So, you know, if, if, if that's what we gotta do to, you know, get our team going, and to get our defense to be more aggressive, and be, you know, better on third down, then, you know, I'll take it."

Glenn Farley of the Patriot Ledger writes that Meriweather deserves the suspension, after what he feels was a vicious hit.

Ian Rapoport has more on Meriweather, who he expects may face a suspension over the hit.

Rapoport also writes that it was a "quirky nickel scheme" that was the key to Sunday's win.

Rich Garven of the Worcester Telegram looks at the play of rookie Jermaine Cunningham, who appears to have beat out Tully Banta-Cain for playing time after his performance on Sunday.

Shalise Manza Young has an article this morning on punter Zoltan Mesko, who booted a huge punt in overtime that helped pin the Ravens back inside their 20-yard line.  The punt gave New England's offense another opportunity they may not have had otherwise, and his teammates have certainly taken notice.

Christopher Price of WEEI.com has a column this morning and writes that the Patriots beat the Ravens at their own game.

Glenn Farley of the Patriot Ledger writes that this team is trying to separate itself from the 2009 team, who had a reputation of not being a second half team.  So far they've been much better this season, and that reputation appears to be fading.

Gerry Callahan of the Boston Herald has an article on Belichick this morning, and feels that the head coach is doing what he does best as he's got this team in great shape sitting at 4-1 at this point in the season.

And finally Ron Borges of the Boston Herald has his report card for Sunday's game, and hands out some interesting grades for this week.

That's it for this morning.  Hope everyone has a good day and we'll have more later on.