An extremely quiet morning on this Sunday so there are only a handful of links, but after doing some digging here are today’s stories:

BOSTON GLOBE

SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES: NFL Players Association plays defense – Greg Bedard
Bedard has his Sunday football notes (always a must read) which leads off with some interesting notes regarding the collusion battle going on between the two sides.

Ninkovich: ¬†linebacker competition ‘a plus’ – Shalise Manza Young
Manza Young has an entry this morning on Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich, who told her the number of linebackers competing for a spot this season doesn’t worry him.

BOSTON HERALD

Case of Devin Intervention? – Karen Guregian
Guregian has her NFL Notes on this Sunday, and in this article ponders whether or not Bill Belichick could use Devin McCourty to return kicks next season.

WEEI

Updates on the rookie contracts – Christopher Price
Price has a good entry with an update on each of the contract statuses for the Patriots rookies.

ESPN BOSTON

Quick hit thoughts around the NFL & Pats – Mike Reiss
Reiss has an entry this morning with thoughts on several topics, including his take on the fact that Devin McCourty spent all of Thursday’s OTA session at cornerback.

Leftovers from weekly Patriots Chat – Mike Reiss
Reiss answers some leftover questions from his chat this week, including giving a scenario in which Jabar Gaffney, Deion Branch, Julian Edelman, and Matthew Slater could all make the roster.

PATRIOT LEDGER

Koppen Coping with Changing state of Patriots – Glen Farley
Farley has an article this morning on offensive lineman Dan Koppen, who faces a tough battle as he tries to work his way back into the line-up.

NESN

Wes Welker Scolded by Little Kid in Letter Asking About Super Bowl Drop (Photo) – Ricky Doyle
Doyle has an entry with a photo of an angry letter from a child who apparently wasn’t happy that Wes Welker didn’t come up with that infamous catch in the Super Bowl earlier this year.