The big news of the day is the loss of Dont'a Hightower for the season due to a torn pectoral muscle, according to multiple reports. ESPNBoston.com says the progress of the Patriots defense will be put to the test with Hightower out of the lineup. NBC Sports Boston believes concern is running high without Hightower. NESN.com wonders how the Patriots might adjust with the injuries.
Tom Brady addressed the media on Wednesday and explained with the season nearing the hallway point it's time for the Patriots hit the accelerator. The Boston Globe says time won't be on Brady's side against the Chargers.
The Boston Herald wonders if the Patriots are developing a reputation for offensive pass interference penalties. The offense would like to be better in the red zone. Not all the injury news was bad as Stephon Gilmore returned to practice on Wednesday after missing the last two games with a concussion.
The Providence Journal offers updates on some of the Patriots recent roster moves. Brandin Cooks is settling in nicely says the Attleboro Sun-Chronicle. MassLive.com says the Patriots could be redefining the running back by committee approach.
The Boston Sports Journal says the execution on defense for the Patriots against Atlanta was outstanding.
The LA Times says the Chargers understand what kind of fight they're in for when they get to Foxborough on Sunday.
With the Patriots taking on the Chargers, ESPNBoston.com wonders what if the Patriots near-move to Hartford years ago would have been similar to the Chargers move from San Diego to L.A.