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We’ll just have to see how that goes as the season continues to develop here,” Belichick said. What we know is that Armstead has been attending team and position meetings on a regular basis. He is eligible to come off the reserve/NFI list after the Patriots’ Oct. 13 game against the Saints, and a plan is in place to determine whether he will contribute to the Patriots this year or not. So the biggest takeaway Tuesday, given some of the mystery surrounding Armstead’s condition, is that the possibility of him helping the team in 2013 is still very much on the radar.
New England led just 13-10 before a wild final period. Blount stunned the Georgia Dome crowd with his burst through a gaping hole, cutting outside and dragging defenders into the end zone. After Matt Bryant ‘s 45-yard field goal brought the Falcons to 20-13, Brady guided the Patriots on an 80-yard drive that took only five plays and barely 2 minutes. Edelman hauled in a 16-yard pass, followed by 44-yard reception that set up the touchdown throw to Thompkins in the left corner of the end zone, sending many of the Atlanta fans heading to the exits with nearly 10 minutes left. NEED SOME?
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Running back Steven Jackson is likely to miss another couple of weeks with a thigh bruise, while receiver Roddy White has been limited by a high ankle sprain. Unlike last season, QB Matt Ryan has not been able to bail the Falcons out of close games. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4): F LEAK: Freeman explains drug program Smothered in controversy, the season could spiral out of control at any moment. QB Josh Freeman, benched for rookie Mike Glennon, wants out — now. And coach Greg Schiano and GM Mark Dominik are trying to accommodate but can’t find a taker for a guy with a big contract who will be a free agent at the end of the season.
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Roddy White and Jones were held in check by Aqib Talib and the Patriots’ secondary until late in the fourth quarter. Talib recorded his fourth interception of the season and batted away a pass to White in the end zone with 30 seconds to play. Ryan hooked up with Gonzalez seven times in the first half. Their last connection of the half was a 21-yard touchdown pass in the final minute that sent the game into halftime tied 10-10. Both offenses struggled inside the red zone during the season’s first three games, and that again was a storyline in the first half. The Falcons marched down the field on their opening drive but stalled at the Patriots’ 6-yard line.
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Mostly positive despite near-collapse: While quarterback Tom Brady didn’t seem overly enthused, perhaps because of the way the offense couldn’t close things out, one player said it was mostly a positive message from Belichick to the players. “Hey, we’re 4-0. And we had a lot of doubters out there,” one Patriot said, pointing out that the author in this space was one of them. In his postgame news conference, Belichick said: “I’m really proud of the way our team played. They made a good example of what it takes to win in this league, and that’s 60 minutes of good football.” Talib’s play draws raves: The first player whom media members swarmed was cornerback Aqib Talib , whose pass breakup in the end zone on fourth down sealed the win. Belichick raved about his performance, saying Talib has played well going all the way back to spring camps.
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Wilforks injury looms large: Starting defensive tackle Vince Wilfork , a five-time Pro Bowler, left the game on the opening drive and didnt return. He hobbled off to the sideline and then was carted to the locker room. The Patriots announced that he had an ankle injury and, at the start of the second half, Wilfork was spotted in street clothes with his right foot in a boot in the tunnel. The Patriots have been thin at defensive tackle since training camp began. After Wilfork, they have veteran Tommy Kelly and rookies Joe Vellano (undrafted) and Chris Jones (a sixth-round draft pick of the Texans who was claimed on waivers on Sept.
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I was trying to defend myself,” the witness said in the interview. “They were shooting everywhere inside the car, front to back. They just came to kill. That’s it.” The driver of the car the men were in, Danny Abreu, was killed, as was a passenger, Safiro Furtado. Both men were Cape Verdean immigrants, as is the witness. “When I see (Hernandez’s) face, I just recognize his face. Compare his face that night to his face now.