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The Boston Globe's* *Mike Reiss reports that the Patriots have signed center Dan Koppen to a contract extension. The deal runs through the 2011 season, according to Koppen. Koppen celebrated the extension and the bye week at the Boston College game last night - BC is his alma mater. Everyone on the offensive line is solidified for the long-term now.

John Tomase of the Boston Herald also reports on the re-signing, explaining that Koppen could have gotten more money if he'd have finished his contract this year and made a signing as a free agent. "I didn't want it to get to that point," Koppen told the Herald's Michael Felger on ESPN 890.

Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe reports on the friendship between Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick. Belichick wore a La Russa jersey to his press conference on Tuesday at Gillette Stadium.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette writer Mike Fitzpatrick also reports on the friendship between the two.

Michael Felger of the Boston Herald reports on the Patriots defense, which is improved over last year. Felger attributes the success to new coordinator Dean Pees.

The Boston Herald sports staff takes a look at previous pre and post-bye week performances.

TheBoston Herald reports that The US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland will now house a large collection of football books and periodicals belonging to coach Bill Belichick and his father, Steve. Steve Belichick was a Naval Academy coach and taught physical education from '56 to '89. He passed away last November.

Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa of the Boston Herald* *offer information on the movie currently being filmed at Gillette Stadium.

Alan Greenberg of the Hartford Courant reports on Koppen's re-signing and Belichick's donation of books to the Naval Academy.

Ron Hobson of The Patriot Ledger reports on fullback Heath Evans, who scored the first touchdown in his six-year career last Sunday against the Dolphins.

Glen Farley of The Enterprise explains that the Pats could improve their consistency in a few areas. He takes a retrospective look at the Patriots first five games of the season.

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