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Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe reports that Patriots linebacker Don Davis has signed a one-year, $795,000 contract extension to return to the team. The deal includes a $25,0000 signing bonus. Davis's contract qualifies for the minimum salary benefit, meaning Davis will count just $485,000 against the salary cap. ''Being an older player and knowing my role with the team, it was pretty straightforward," he said. "There wasn't a lot of negotiation involved with it."

Lenny Megliola of the Boston Herald writes that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady should expect a recovery period of 6-8 weeks following his impending hernia surgery. L. Douglas Dolgov, a sports medicine physician at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham breaks down the surgery that Brady is expected to have.

Brad Spiegel of the Daily News Tribune writes that the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation recently gave away the No. 4 plate in its Four the Fans raffle. The winner of the No. 4 plate was West Newton resident Marcey Ford. "I do believe in a lot of things that Adam Vinatieri does. He has a lot of his own charities," said Ford. "For him to give up the plate is nice."

The Sun Chronicle reports that the Racearama n' Trade Show, which has been held in West Springfield for the past 25 years, will be held March 3-5 at the Dana Farber Fieldhouse next to Gillette Stadium. The show will feature displays of from 150 to 250 race cars, along with displays from speed equipment manufacturers, racing teams and short track and super speedway racing venues.

Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe offers his daily sports blog with Patriots notes. Reiss also offers his latest mailbag where he answers your questions.

Tom Curran of the Providence Journal offers his daily sports blog with Patriots notes and commentary.

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