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Patriots.com News Blitz - 10/17/2006

Mike Reiss of The Boston Globe reports on the Patriots who have been most durable over the last few seasons. Ty Warren has yet to miss a game since he was drafted in 2003. He's appeared in 61 consecutive games with 41 consecutive starts. "I take great pride in coming to work each day, and being able to be there for my teammates and the organization," Warren said.

The Boston Globe also reports on an injury sustained by versatile offensive lineman Russ Hochstein. Hochstein doubles at both guard and center.

The Boston Herald's John Tomase offers an interview with Doug Gabriel, former teammate of Randy Moss. Moss wants to be traded and a Sports Illustrated report over the weekend said the Pats could be interested. "He'd be a perfect fit in this offense," said Gabriel. "He loves to work. If Randy were here, every other receiver would want to pick up their games 110 percent."

Dan Pires of The Standard-Times also reports on the potential Moss trade, explaining that Moss and Gabriel are close friends. They last spoke Saturday. The Telegraph's Howard Ulman also reports Gabriel's thoughts on the possibility of the trade.

The Boston Herald* *sports staff reports on the trade deadline, which is 4 p.m. today, taking a look at October moves from the previous two years.

John Tomase offers the Boston Herald's Patriots Notebook, which includes stories on Jabar Gaffney, Patrick Pass and Rodney Harrison.

The Boston Herald also reports that the Patriots will likely abandon their maligned grass field and replace it with FieldTurf, a synthetic surface. According to the Herald, the league told the Patriots last week to do something about the condition of the field. Eight NFL teams already have FieldTurf.

Albert Breer of the Boston Herald reports on the re-signing of center Dan Koppen. Koppen was set to finish his first contract this season, but he and the Patriots decided to tack on another five years. Koppen attended Boston College.

Alan Greenberg of the Hartford Courant reports on the unity in the Patriots locker room. Unlike on some other teams, you never hear a Patriot criticize or blame a teammate, even indirectly. You never hear a Patriots defender suggest that the offense needs to do more to hold up its end, or vice versa.

Mark Farinella of the Sun Chronicle reports that the Patriots made some improvements during the bye week and will be heading off to Buffalo to take on the Bills this weekend. "I think we got some things done," coach Belichick said Monday. "We'll see whether or not we can carry those over on to the field. We worked on some different aspects of our game - situational, and just our regular first- and second-down things last week."

Don't forget to check out USA Today's Inside Slant on the Patriots, updated weekly.

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