By: Ian Logue
Here are this morning’s top stores:
Rob Ninkovich and Team Impact – Mike Reiss
Reiss highlights a piece from Alex Prewitt, who captures the scene at Tufts University earlier this week when Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich connected with his “buddy” — 8-year-old Riley Roman.
The Case of Underwood vs Davis – Field Yates
Yates ponders why it was Tiquan Underwood and not Britt Davis who was the odd man out yesterday after the team elected to release Underwood following the addition of Jabar Gaffney
Trevor Scott seeks fresh start with Patriots – Michael Whitmer
Whitmer files his notebook this morning, which leads off with comments from new Patriot and former Raider Trevor Scott, who is happy to be here in New England.
Junior Seau’s death raises vital questions about football – Editorial
The Globe has an editorial this morning and discusses the fact that following Seau’s death, his suicide should keep the NFL on the tip of its toes, doing everything it can to stem this rising tide of dementia, depression, and premature death.
NOTEBOOK: Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick show emotion for Junior Seau – Adam Kurkjian and Steven Braid
Kurkjian and Braid file their Notebook this morning, which leads off with comments from both Kraft and Belichick with their thoughts on the loss of Junior Seau.
Scary reality for Ellis Hobbs – Karen Guregian
Guregian has an article on former Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs, who following Seau’s death admitted he’s fearful of his own future after suffering multiple concussions over his career and admits even now “he hears things” that keep him up at night.
Keeping up with the Joneses: Big goals for Patriots rookie Chandler Jones – Dan Duggan
Duggan made the five hour trek to Union-Endicott High School in Endicott, N.Y., a suburb of Binghamton to sit down with Jones’ former High School coach and provides us with an interesting look behind-the-scenes of the newest Patriot.
Why did Trevor Scott pick the Patriots? They’re ‘Natural Born Winners’ – Christopher Price
Price has a great feature this morning on Trevor Scott, who talks about why he came to New England and the fact he’s happy to be a part of this football team.
VIDEO: Wes Welker Reveals What it Takes to Win a Game Ball with the Patriots – Christopher Price
Price posted a video of Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, who joined ESPN’s “Dan LeBatard is Highly Questionable” on Wednesday for what might best be described as a wide-ranging interview that touched on a variety of topics.
Jerod Mayo and Rob Ninkovich Recall Seau’s Impact – Christopher Price
Price has comments from Rob Ninkovich and Jerod Mayo about the loss of Seau and what he meant to them as a teammate.
Terrell Suggs’ Achilles Injury Widens Gap Between Patriots and Ravens Heading Into 2012 – Jeff Howe
Howe takes a look at the Achilles injury to Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, and how it affects their battle against the Patriots for the AFC.
Tom Brady, Jerod Mayo Among Patriots Offering Memories of Junior Seau’s Time in New England – Jeff Howe
Howe has comments from Tom Brady among others on the loss of Junior Seau in this entry.
Trevor Scott Has Knack of Sacking High-Profile Quarterbacks, Wishes He Had Gotten to Tom Brady – Jeff Howe
Howe has comments from Trevor Scott, who never got a chance to sack Tom Brady since when the Patriots played them it was the year that Brady was out with a knee injury and Matt Cassel was the quarterback – so he sacked him instead.
Patriots Sign Gerard Warren, Release Tiquan Underwood – Nick Underwood
Underwood has notes on the Warren and Underwood transactions in this entry.
Five things you need to know – Michael Hardman
Hardman notes that Former Boston Patriot great and current color analyst Gino Cappelletti will be signing autographs at the Big Sports Card and Memorabilia Show from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mansfield Holiday Inn, and he’ll also be joined by former New England Patriots tight-end Jermaine Wiggins. The show goes from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m
Seau’s family to allow his brain to be studied – Staff
The staff at CSNNE highlight an article from the LA Times where Junior Seau’s family have reportedly agreed to allow Boston University School of Medicine to study his brain following his suicide.
METROWEST DAILY NEWS
PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK: Underwood released; Warren re-signing made official – Glen Farley
Farley files his notebook this morning, which leads off with the fact that now that Jabar Gaffney is back in the fold, the team has released Tiquan Underwood. He also mentions that the Patriots announced that Billy Neighbors, who played guard from 1962-1965 when the franchise called Boston its home and was a member of the organization’s all-decade team for the ’60s, passed away in Huntsville, Ala., Monday. He was 72 .
ATTLEBORO SUN CHRONICLE
Emotional Kraft takes loss hard – Mark Farinella
Farinella has a touching article on Robert Kraft, who read a note sent to him following the death of his wife, Myra, that came from Junior Seau.
Warren back with Patriots – Mark Farinella
Farinella has an article on the return of Gerard Warren, who was brought back earlier this week.