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Patriots Worried About Colts' TE Clark

The Patriots are focusing on tight end Dallas Clark heading into their battle with the Colts on Sunday night.

During New England's last meeting with Indianapolis, safety Rodney Harrison was in charge of covering Clark, but he's currently on the injured reserve.

With Harrison out, Adalius Thomas might be assigned coverage duty on Clark in Week Nine.

"Rodney is a great player and he definitely gives a big lift for their defense. They always say 'next guy in,' but I think just on this side of the fence, I think Rodney's a tough guy for them to replace," Clark said during a conference call. "He brought so much to their defense, so much versatility and just that toughness the defense always shows, so I think he allowed them to do a lot of different things."

Pats' coach Bill Belichick wouldn't reveal any specific plans for Clark, but appeared worried about a number of targets.

"There are plenty of concerns with Dallas Clark. There are concerns about everybody - Clark, (Marvin) Harrison, (Reggie) Wayne, (Anthony) Gonzalez and (Joseph) Addai. It is about team defense; you can?t double everybody," Belichick said. "You can?t set your defense to stop everybody; they have too many good players. In the course of playing good team defense there will be a lot of different people that will have a lot of different responsibilities all the way through the course of the game."

Via Boston Herald

Belichick: Peyton Isn't Playing Hurt

Patriots' coach Bill Belichick doesn't believe that Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning is playing hurt this season.

"If I?m not mistaken, he hasn?t shown up on the injury report all year except maybe one day at the beginning of the season," Belichick said. "I am not really sure what injuries you?re talking about, but he hasn?t been listed on the injury report all year."

Manning underwent two procedures on his knee during the summer to remove an infected bursa sac and did not take a single snap until the team's season opener in early September.

"He looks pretty good to me," Belichick said. "I don?t think he?s injured. He hasn?t been on the injury report, so I?m assuming he?s not hurt."

Via Boston Herald

Report: Pats' Wilfork To Be Fined For Hit On Cutler

Patriots' defensive tackle Vince Wilfork will reportedly be fined,but not suspended by the NFL after meeting with Roger Goodell about a hit on Denver quarterback Jay Cutler.

Wilfork was summoned to meet with Goodell after the Broncos claimed tape of New England's 41-7 win on Oct. 20 showed Wilfork elbowing Cutler in the helmet.

"I think both sides were happy," Wilfork said Wednesday. "He got a chance to hear my side of my story of how I approach the game. I got a chance to hear what he had to say about the whole situation of my past history and playing football and all that good stuff. So I think we both left pretty happy."


Pats' Morris Says His Injury Isn't Season-Ending

Patriots' running back Sammy Morris claims that his knee injury will not sideline him for the remainder of the season.

Morris also revealed that the injury occurred on his final carry against the Broncos on Oct. 20, a 29-yard carry.

"Initially, I was pretty upset," Morris said Tuesday. "Thankfully, I have my family, friends, and teammates that are helping me shift focus from the negative and look at the positive of coming back."

He did not list a timetable for his return to the field.

"Bill [Belichick] describes it [as] day to day, and that's how I describe it. I'll be back ASAP," Morris said. "It's dealing with the unfortunate part of the game, and I'm working my way back."

Via Boston Globe

Rams Send Tape Of Non-Calls To NFL

The Rams have sent a tape of non-calls against the Patriots to the NFL after New England was called for zero penalty yards on Sunday.

"Never ever, ever, ever played a perfect team before," Rams' guard Richie Incognito said about the disparity, according to the report. "That's all I am going to say on that one."

During the game, the Rams were flagged 12 times for 63 yards; the Patriots were flagged once, with the Rams declining that penalty.

"It doesn't help. It just lets them know you know," Rams' Coach Jim Haslett said of the decision to send the tape.


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