Pats improve to 2-1, but not without paying a heavy price. The injury bug once again claims starters. Nick Cafardo says the Patriots said “So what?” to all the injuries and just went out and won anyway. Tom Curran says given the ways things are going, get used to this kind of win. Ugly. Alan Greenberg says that eventually these injuries are going to catch up with the Pats if they continue to mount, but yesterday they had enough to get it done. Michael Felger looks at a victory marred by costly injuries to key players. Ian M. Clark says the Pats defense, though battered, came up big when it had to. Mike Reiss says the Patriots turned to an old formula to pull out he win yesterday; just manage to win. Michael Parente says a bend-don’t-break mentality got the Patriots through this one. Christopher Price wraps up the story of a war of attrition. Ron Borges looks at the injuries, noting that it’s going to be hard for Bill Belichick to keep all of them under wraps. He does get off a pretty good line when he says Ted Washington having a broken leg is like a giraffe having a sore throat. He also says that Mike Vrabel has either a broken wrist or arm. Kevin Mannix notes that the injuries led to some eye opening combinations on the D-Line by the end of the game. He comes away impressed by the Patriots grit and effort. Jim Donaldson says the sky is falling. Dan Shaughnessy has a look at Tom Brady and a rough start to the season as far as injuries to the QB and team. Steve Buckley has a rambling pay column in which he says this Patriot team has no identity, and needs to find one soon. Michael Smith and Jim Baker look at Ty Law, bouncing back from an injured ankle to return to the game. Paul Kenyon looks at Law and Asante Samuel having big afternoons on the corner. Lenny Megliola has a look at Samuel, as #22 made the biggest play on a day that began with a moment of silence for Ron Burton, who wore that number. It was his first ever interception return for a touchdown. Peter May has a similar look at Samuel stepping in and making the big play. Jeff Jacobs has a third story on the play by the rookie. In addition, Howard Bryant has a pay column on Samuel and his pick. Kevin McNamara looks at the Jets failure on third downs, which led Herman Edwards to try a fake field goal, which was also unsuccessful. Joe Burris also looks at the unusual call by Edwards. Tim Weisberg says that with all the injuries, the Patriots 2003 draft is paying early dividends. Mark Murphy looks at the strong running game exhibited by the Patriots yesterday. Price also has a look at Faulk & Smith playing well. Parente has a more in depth look at the improvement in the running game, which was a key to victory. Curran has a look at Colvin’s injury and the accusations made towards Belichick that he was lying in the matter. Speaking of Colvin, Ken Powers, along with Jennifer Toland, today in the Telegram & Gazette, speculate that Colvin’s career may be over. They use as their source a doctor who is quick to point out that he has not examined Colvin, nor has he had access to any medical information on the situation. The headline of the article screams that Colvin’s career could be in jeopardy, but the doctor, Dr. Rick Herman, who is used by WBCN on their pregame shows, says:
"As far as returning to play, the worst-case scenario might be that he may have played his last down in the NFL," Herman said. "Injuries of this type are incredibly rare. In fairness, however, the best-case scenario is it's a small fracture that required a minimally invasive amount of surgery and, after an adequate window of rehabilitation, he'll fully recover."
He goes on to says that comparing this injury to that suffered by Bo Jackson, is “speculation on a speculation.” Steve Solloway wonders if the curse of Lawyer Milloy is responsible for all the injuries. Kenyon has more on the injury epidemic that is striking the Patriots. Gus Martins looks at another rough game for Curtis Martin. Mike Lowe looks at the Patriots depth paying off. Rich Thompson has a look at Rick Lyle, who will be pressed into full time duty with the injury to Washington. George Kimball has a pay column in which the Jets lament their lost opportunities. Sam Garnes’ dropped interception being foremost. Cafardo’s notebook looks at the running game, which was fun for all involved. He also mentions the WBCN report on Colvin. Felger’s notebook looks at the key injuries on defense. Curran’s notebook looks at Tom Brady, in denial about this injury. Parente’s notebook says the Pats are getting a crash course in dealing with injuries. The Standard-Times notebook says that Colvin has not officially been placed on the injured list yet.
Sox inch closer to the playoffs on the arm of Pedro. Bob Hohler looks at a big performance from the trio of Pedro, Manny and Kim, all of whom were silent after the game. Hohler doesn’t seem to mind. Michael Silverman says the Sox were able to put Saturday out of their mind and bounce back yet again. Sean McAdam says that Pedro can cure any bad game hangover. David Heuschkel says that Pedro saved his best for last. Tony Massarotti echoes those sentiments. Gordon Edes says that Pedro is a comic book superhero. Literally. Massarotti looks at a small step forward for Byung-Hyun Kim. Hohler’s notebook looks at a tough stretch for Scott Williamson, on and off the field. Silverman’s notebook looks at Nomar having to leave the game early after getting plunked in the side. McAdam’s notebook looks at who will be on the postseason roster. He says Sauerbeck will be in that mix. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at Kim getting another chance yesterday.
NESN has Red Sox/Orioles at 7:00. ABC has Raiders/Broncos at 9:00.