John Tomase of the Boston Herald offers an interview with Patriots president Jonathan Kraft. "People say all the time, 'Hasn't this been a great run?'" Kraft said. "I guess it's been great, but we're not going to look back at it until we retire. If you focus on what's been accomplished, you're not going to move forward." Under Jonathan Kraft's stewardship, the Patriots in 1995 became the first professional franchise to launch an official Web site. Now, 11 years later, your Patriots.com News Blitz brings you the story.
The Boston Herald* *sports staff also offers a quick Q&A with Johathan Kraft. Kraft speaks about everything from high profile personnel losses over the last year, to the salary cap, to the condition of the field.
The Boston Globe's Christopher Gasper has a feature on cornerback Chad Scott, who has started in the last three games for the Patriots. "I feel like it's an expectation I have for myself," said Scott, who has started 91 of the 100 games he's played during his 10-year NFL career. "It's not like, 'Wow, I'm getting a chance to start again.' In my mind I feel like I've always had a starter's mentality and I always will.
Mike Reiss of The Boston Globe reports on the injured Richard Seymour (left elbow), who spoke to the media yesterday about his status for Monday night's game. Seymour explained that safety Rodney Harrison ran into his arm while it was fully extended, calling what insued "gruesome." He's listed as questionable on the injury report. Also included are pieces on the field at Gillette Stadium and former Patriot Bethel Johnson.
John Tomase of the Boston Herald also offers Seymour's thoughts on the injury. Seymour said the issue right now is having the strength to take on blockers. He admitted he hasn't gone full-speed to test the injury and voiced confidence in his backups, in the event that he can't play Monday.
Alan Greenberg of the Hartford Courant predicts that Seymour won't be able to play by Monday.
John Tomase offers the Boston Herald's Patriots Notebook, which includes a story on the new sod being put down between the hashmarks and in the end zones of Gillette Stadium. Also included is a piece on Harrison.
Kevin McNamara of The Providence Journal* *reports that the Patriots defense will have to deal with the Vikings huge linemen. The Vikings offensive line averages 322 pounds, which isn't outrageous, but three of those linemen are 6-5 or taller. "There's no getting through those guys. You have to go around them," said Junior Seau. "You can't run through walls."
Kevin McNamara offers The Providence Journal's Patriots Notebook, which includes articles on Seymour, the field conditions at Gillette Stadium and running back Laurence Maroney.
Alan Greenberg of the Hartford Courant offers a feature on former Patriots tight end Jermaine Wiggins, who now plays for the Vikings. Wiggins had a noteworthy 10 catches for 68 yards in the Patriots 16-13 overtime postseason victory over the Raiders in the Snow Bowl. The East Boston native "always lightened the mood," according to Tom Brady.
The Patriot Ledger's Eric McHugh reports on defensive lineman Marquise Hill. Hill hasn't played in any regular season games yet this year, but may be in the Minnesota game on Monday if Seymour can't play.
Michael Parente of the Woonsocket Call reports on the Vikings excellent run defense.
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