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Patriots.com News Blitz - 10/4/2006

Boston Herald writer John Tomase reveals that cornerback Ellis Hobbs has a broken wrist, which is why he wasn't at Gillette Stadium last week. He was also inactive against the Bengals.

The Boston Globe reports that cornerback Ellis Hobbs has broken the same bone in his wrist that linebacker Tedy Bruschi broke earlier this season. The injury came against the Broncos and Hobbs was inactive against the Bengals.

The Boston Herald also reports on the injury, saying that it's not considered serious. He is also already wearing a cast on the broken wrist.

Mike Reiss of The Boston Globe* *offers a feature on Laurence Maroney. "Laurence is loyal to no end," his mother said. "If you're his friend, you're his friend forever."

Michael Felger of the Boston Herald admits that if rookie kicker Stephen Gostkowski wasn't experiencing some growing pains entering the NFL, he would be the first kicker with immunity to them. However, Felger wonders how much wiggle room the kicker will get before the Pats bring in a veteran to help out.

The Herald also takes a look at Pats rookie running backs of the past, noting that Maroney is on pace to have the most productive first season of the bunch.

The Republican reports that the Patriots can't keep Troy Brown out of their own secondary. "I really haven't wanted to use him on defense in either of the last two years," said Belichick.

Eric McHugh of The Patriot Ledger reports on the Pats secondary, which has had a nack for coming up big when injuries are prevelant.

The Patriot Ledger also explains that the Pats have been better than the Dolphins in many aspects of the game, including trick plays. Eric McHugh takes a look at Miami's flubbed 2-point conversion attempt against the Texans.

Michael Parenti of the Woonsocket Call reports on the hype surrounding Miami early in the season, and takes a look at the 1-3 Dolphins who'll be traveling to Gillette Stadium this weekend to take on the Pats.

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

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