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Patriots.com News Blitz - 10/22/2008

The big news out of Foxboro today is the imminent loss of safety Rodney Harrison, who, according to the Boston Globe, is out for the season after tearing a quadriceps muscle during Monday's win over Denver.

The *Globe *talks to former Broncos general manager and pro football analyst Ted Sundquist for an outside perspective on the impact Harrison's loss will make on New England.

Former Patriots' backup Jim Miller says Harrison is like the "Energizer bunny" in terms of his tremendous work ethic both on and off the field.

This is the third time in four years Harrison has suffered a season-ending injury.

"It was hard to watch him go through what happened last night," head coach Bill Belichicktold the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

In more positive news, the Patriots view Monday's win as a statement game that could perhaps get them moving in the right direction as they approach the midway point of the season.

"I think the team is improving in every phase of the game," Belichick told the Providence Journal.

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*USA Today *takes a look at Matt Cassel's confidence, which is at an all-time high following his three-touchdown performance Monday against the Broncos.

Cassel is also relieved to have Belichick's support.

He'll have his hands full with Sunday's opponent, the St. Louis Rams, who have won two consecutive games under newly-appointed head coach Jim Haslett.

The defensive line has been the key to the Rams' recent success.

"I think the adjustments that we made in Week 4 are really benefiting us as a whole," Rams lineman Clifton Ryan told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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