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Patriots Injury Report for Wednesday

09.22.10 at 4:01 pm ET
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Patriots Injury Report

Running back Kevin Faulk (knee–will be placed on IR)

Did Not Practice
Cornerback Terrence Wheatley (foot)
Offensive lineman Nick Kaczur (back)

Limited Participation
WR Julian Edelman (foot)

Full Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)

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Brady: ‘The season is not lost’

09.22.10 at 3:47 pm ET
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Tom Brady. (AP)

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made an appearance with WAAF’s “Hill-Man Morning Show” Tuesday, and talked about the loss to the Jets, the blowback from his comments about the crowd noise at Gillette and what it would take for him to cut his hair. (For the complete audio of the Q&A, click here.) Here are a few quick highlights:

Now that you’ve had a chance to take a look at some of the film, is “sucked” still the way to describe that game on Sunday?
Well, it certainly wasn’t what we need to do to win these tough games. I don’t think there’s too many guys who didn’t have sleepless nights on Sunday night. It was a tough day yesterday to get in there and watch the film. It always is after a loss because you have such high expectations for the game but we’re going to come out this week and hopefully put on a better performance. I’m excited to get back out on the practice field. I think that’s the best way to get over a loss.

Is it more frustrating because it’s the Jets?
Probably. Probably. I think it’s more frustrating because of the way we played in the first half. When you look at the game, you think, ‘Man, that’s just … if we could just be more consistent, obviously, we’d win the game.’ But we weren’t, and that’s part of it. I wish every game we’d go out and win 60-0, but that’s not the reality of it.  We’ve got to find a way to make the corrections and then hopefully come out and play better this week.

On the second-half … whose fault is that?
You know, I think there’s … there’s different things that our offense tries to do and be productive. I don’t think it had anything to do with the play calls. It was our level of execution. So … our execution wasn’t very good. Because of that, we were not able to stay on the field. If we’re not making any plays as an offense, you’re not going to be able to move the sticks and run enough plays. So like I said, it’s a frustrating loss, but I think at the same time, there’s a lot of good things we saw from the younger players that really warrant them being on the field, specifically Aaron Hernandez. He’s really becoming a dependable player for us. We’ve got to continue to build on some of the positives and also look at some of the things we didn’t do so well and move on from those also.
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Belichick on Faulk: ‘What’s there not to like?’

09.22.10 at 2:40 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Here is the transcript of Bill Belichick’s press briefing on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium. Thanks to the hard-working staff of Patriots media relations.

BB: Another big division game for us here this week. Buffalo has got a little new look from when we played them in the past, but a lot of familiar faces. As usual, [they’re] a tough, physical team. They play hard. [They] had a couple tough losses here against Miami and Green Bay, but they played both teams very well and things kind of got away from them in the fourth quarter, end of the third quarter against Green Bay. As usual, [they’re] real good in the kicking game, good returners, good specialists, real good backs, big-play receivers – [Roscoe] Parrish, Lee Evans. Defensively, [they’re] physical. [They] play in a 3-4. I think they’re playing stouter up there, a little more physical style of play than they’ve had in the past. [They’re] very good in the secondary – [Jairus] Byrd, [Donte] Whitner are back there, two active safeties and big corners. They do a good job. [This is a] big division game. We always have a tough game with them. It’s always a physical game. We had a really hard time last year moving the ball, throwing the ball against them, so I hope we can have a little more production that we had last year and also play good defense and play well in the kicking game, because that’s what it’s going to take.

Q: With Kevin Faulk out for the season, what’s the top thing you will miss from him?

BB: I think it will just be a combination of things. He’s a really special guy, [who] did a lot of things for us on and off the field. We can go on and on about that; it’s a long list, but [he’s] a very dependable guy, professional, great teammate, great team player. Hopefully we’ll do what he would do, which is be positive, step up, take advantage of those opportunities, however they fall, and have a good week of preparation and be ready to go on Sunday.

Q: He said he feels like he’s really lucky that you came here and became his coach. What skill set did he have that made you think he would be a great third-down back?

BB: I think I’m pretty lucky that he was here when I got here, so I’ll take that one. Kevin is a good football player. He’s smart. He’s tough. He’s got good skills, good running skills, good catching skills. He’s a good decision maker. Most of all, I think he’s very coachable and really cares about the game, his teammates and his team. What’s there not to like about Kevin Faulk?

Q: You’ve been doing this for a while and you’ve coached some great third-down backs – Eric Metcalf. Where do you think Kevin falls on that list?

BB: Pretty high. Probably at the top. Above all the ones you mentioned. He’s had a lot of production, not just on third down either. He’s had a lot of production on first, second, third and fourth down.

Q: There are some special things that Kevin does. How hard is that now for you to replicate some of those things with the backs that you have left now?

BB: I don’t think you’re going to find any one player to be a duplicate of Kevin Faulk. When we lost Tom [Brady] in the beginning of the ’08 season, Matt [Cassel] came in and we won 11 games. We weren’t the same team, but we found a different way to win than the way we had won before or the following year. I don’t think we’re going to find one player to be carbon copy of Kevin Faulk. I don’t think that exists and I don’t think that’s really realistic. As a team, we just have to find ways to be efficient, be productive, move the ball, score points, even though he’s not in there. It will be a challenge, but that’s what we need to do. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pats Wednesday practice report

09.22.10 at 1:31 pm ET
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FOXBORO — In addition to Kevin Faulk, cornerback Terrence Wheatley and offensive lineman Nick Kaczur were missing from Patriots practice on Wednesday as the Patriots began on-field preparations for the Buffalo Bills this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

Wheatley has been rehabbing a foot injury while Kaczur is still nursing a back injury. The team practiced in full pads on the upper practice fields outside Gillette Stadium.

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Pats, Gillette announce extension through 2031

09.22.10 at 12:27 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Gillette and The Kraft Group today announced an extension to their partnership that includes exclusive naming and sponsorship rights of Gillette Stadium through the 2031 football season.

“Like the Patriots, Gillette has a long history in New England and we are proud to partner with a local company that is a powerful world-class brand,” said Jonathan Kraft, President of The Kraft Group, in a statement issued by the team. “Gillette is not just a naming rights partner, but a company we are proud to partner with on many platforms. Since the grand opening of Gillette Stadium in 2002, on the night that we unveiled our first Super Bowl banner, the Patriots and the Revolution have established a championship tradition, combining to win seven conference titles and two league championships. We look forward to continuing the championship tradition here at Gillette Stadium and are happy that Gillette will remain part of that tradition well into the future.”

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With his season over, Faulk admits ‘I’m gone now’

09.22.10 at 11:45 am ET
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FOXBORO — Every NFL player knows the emotional toll of the game can be just as rigorous as any physical pain.

And while Kevin Faulk certainly felt pain in his right knee when he tore his right ACL in a harmless-looking takedown by Drew Coleman, the feelings he had to deal with that night and the next morning were just as excruciating.

“A lot of people don’t think us athletes have feelings,” Faulk said on Wednesday in announcing his season is done. “Our feelings are probably stronger than yours because we pretty much go off adrenaline a whole lot. Our adrenaline is what keeps us going during the course of what we do. And we do have feelings. It may come out wrong sometimes but that’s our feelings.”

At times during his five minutes, 47 seconds with reporters on Wednesday at his locker, Faulk clearly had to fight back more than just a cough when talking about his injury.

“I’m not sad anymore,” he said. “When it first happened, when I first kind of had an idea, I was sad, cried a whole lot but hey, it’s life. You have to deal with it. You get knocked off the road sometimes. It’s how you get back on and how you deal with it as a person.”

While Faulk, 34, said he never gave retirement a thought, it turns out his son asked the same question that many worried Patriots fans were thinking on Sunday night and Monday.

Is this the end of the road for the most versatile and productive back in Patriots history?

“That was furthest question from my mind,” Faulk said. “I got the question asked of me by my son when I got home on Monday. ‘Is that it for me?’ Like I told him, I’m going to do my best to rehab and see what happens from there.”

If you’re wondering if Faulk is feeling any ill will toward Coleman, don’t. Faulk realizes that a play like that happens all the time in the NFL.

“That’s the game,” he said. “A lot of people think, ‘The play was nothing.’ That’s the game we play. I might not have gotten hit at all and still got hurt. That’s just it. That’s the risk we take every time we step on the football field.

“When I got hit, I kind of knew that I had done something to it. It didn’t feel normal. It’s the game we play.”

Faulk said he will let the swelling go down on his injured right knee and then have surgery in about a month. In the meantime, he said he will be around the team to provide whatever help he can.

“Before the season, I was elected team captain,” said Faulk, who was indeed elected along with Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo as 2010 captains. “I was elected that for a reason. So, no matter what happens I’ll be here.

“Pretty much the same thing I’ve been doing. I just can’t play now. Answer any questions I can give the guys and just be that guy there when they need someone to talk to. Any team needs a veteran leader. We have a lot of veteran guys on this team. Leading takes a lot of different things. Leading by example, leading by word of mouth. It’s a lot of different things.”

The people Faulk felt worst for were his teammates, who must now play without a running back Bill Belichick said Wednesday the team ‘can’t replace.’

“I’m upset for my teammates,” Faulk said. “As a football player and as a competitor, you want to be there, you want to be on the field. In our group, everybody didn’t get a chance to play a whole lot and that’s just the way it goes. I’m gone now. I’m not going to be here for the year. Other guys have to step up. Sammy [Morris], BenJarvus [Green-Ellis], Fred [Taylor], [Danny Woodhead]. They have to step up. They have to do their jobs and help the team win.”

While it would have been completely understandable, Faulk wasn’t in the mood for a pity party.

“This is the game we play,” he said. “I have a torn ACL. I’ll be done for the season. I’ll have surgery in about a month and go from there. Of course. I think the frustration during the course of walking from one sideline to the other sideline, it showed a little bit.”

Faulk said he’s been very touched by all the emails, phone calls and text messages he’s received from former and current players and past and present coaches. “It’s just been great to hear from them,” Faulk said.

“I’m going to have surgery, rehab my butt off and from there, see what happens,” he said. “Let my body tell me. I’ve been playing a long time. I’ve been fortunate enough to play fortunate enough to play football for over 20 years without an ACL injury. Like a lot of people told me, I’ve been blessed, that’s the good thing. I’m not upset about it but let’s say I’m upset for my teammates because I put so much and we put so much into the offseason to go out there and be a good football team.

“Every guy that it’s in the locker room, provides inspiration in some form or fashion.”

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Report: Season over for Faulk

09.22.10 at 11:12 am ET
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FOXBORO — Kevin Faulk is expected to be placed on season-ending injured reserve today after tearing the ACL in his knee on Sunday afternoon, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Faulk suffered the injured when he was pushed out of bounds by Drew Coleman in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 28-14 loss to the Jets and did not return.

An announcement is expected from head coach Bill Belichick shortly during his weekly Wednesday media briefing at Gillette Stadium.

Faulk has been the most versatile back for the Patriots since the team began its run in 2001, serving as Tom Brady‘s go-to back on third down.

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