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News Blitz 12/1: Dion Lewis' long road back

One of the feel-good stories for the Patriots this season has been the return of Dion Lewis. The electric third-down back tore his ACL last November, then suffered a setback during the summer that delayed his return even further. He was activated off PUP last month and now is contributing in the Patriots backfield.

ESPNBoston.com also explains how credit for the key strip sack that ended the Jets win should go to more people than just Chris Long.

The Boston Globe says don't expect the Patriots to part with Rob Gronkowski anytime soon. The Boston Herald isn't as sure. After signing a huge contract extension, Marcus Cannon is not resting on his laurels.

Of all the Rams it would seem Bill Belichick is most concerned with punter Johnny Hekker. Speaking of the Rams, rookie quarterback Jared Goff is trying to become the first rookie quarterback to win at Gillette Stadium. Despite going against his former team, Long is treating the Rams visit as business as usual. CSNNE.com says Todd Gurley and Goff have the Patriots attention. Rams coach Jeff Fisher and Belichick are polar opposites says CSNNE.com.

The Boston Herald says the absences of several key players at practice on Wednesday leaves a huge void. They also break down the Patriots pending free agents. MassLive.com says LeGarrette Blount is feeling fresh as ever despite nearing his 30th birthday. NESN.com has some suggestions as to how the defense can improve covering running backs.

In LA, Rams left tackle Greg Robinson is looking forward to getting back in the lineup after being benched in the loss to New Orleans.

Drew Bledsoe is in town in advance of Sunday's 15th anniversary celebration for the 2001 Patriots and admitted he didn't see Tom Brady's success coming.

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