Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald writes about offensive lineman Marcus Cannon and his ongoing battle to return to football from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. After starting the season on the reserve/non-football injury list, Cannon made his Patriots debut on the practice field yesterday. "Program-wise, I think he's exemplary," coach Bill Belichick said. "He really does everything that he's asked to do and he's a smart guy. . . . A lot of things going for him."
Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe writes about the success that Tom Brady has seen when facing the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his career Brady is 6-1 when facing Pittsburgh, including two AFC Championship game wins. In his six wins, Brady has completed 66.7 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns to only one interception.
Monique Walker of the Boston Globe writes about the "run" that BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been on for the past season and a half. The fourth year running back leads the Patriots in rushing again this year, and has scored 18 touchdowns since the start of the 2010 season. "I'm always too busy moving forward to have a chance to look back and have one those reflection moments,'' Green-Ellis said when asked about his success. "It's always on to next game. You don't have much time in this league to sit back and reflect on what's happened.''
Jeff Howe of NESN.com writes about a number of Patriots related topics, including a look at some of the injury problems that the Patriots have faced in the early season. According to practice reports, 27 players have missed a total of 83 practice sessions. However there have been 25 players that are yet to miss a practice. This list includes: Andre Carter, Shaun Ellis, Brandon Spikes, Rob Ninkovich, Devin McCourty, Dan Connolly, and Chad Ochocinco.
Andy Gresh of CSNNE.com grades the Patriots season to this point. The highest grade was a perfect A for tight ends Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Dan Gronkowski. Praise was also given to the running game, pass rush and offensive tempo.