Mike Reiss of The Boston Globe* *reports that Tedy Bruschi returned to practice yesterday with the words "Bear down" written on his cast. "Bear down" is the slogan of his alma mater, the University of Arizona.
The Boston Globe also explains that the arbitrator in the Deion Branch case yesterday denied the NFL's motion that the mediator had no jurisdiction in Branch's dispute with the Patriots and then informed both sides he would not be available to hear the first of Branch's two claims against the team tomorrow, as originally expected.
The Boston Globe's Mike Reiss reports that Chad Jackson is recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the majority of training camp practices and all the preseason games. After testing his injured hamstring by running full-speed routes Wednesday, rookie receiver Chad Jackson called his agent and uttered: ``I'm back."
The Boston Herald* *offers stories on the returns of Jackson and Nick Kaczur. The offensive lineman has been recovering from a shoulder injury this offseason and was taken off the PUP list on Aug.22. Also included is a story on the Patriots corners.
The Boston Herald reports that the Patriots players have been rather tight lipped lately. The rookies have gotten the message from the veterans that they're supposed to be seen and not heard, reports Karen Guregian.
Albert Breer reports that linebacker Tully Banta-Cain is feeling good about his improved play this season. "I'm not fully satisfied, but I think I've definitely made a step in the right direction, just getting better, improving on a day-to-day basis," Banta-Cain said. "This is the opener, this counts, so whatever I did in the preseason doesn't really count anymore. Now it's time to really get out there and execute."
Punter Josh Miller is hoping Pats fans treat rookie kicker Stephen Gostkowski fairly on Sunday when he goes on the field as Adam Vinatieri's replacement, reports the* Herald's* Karen Guregian. "I think the fans will receive him like they should with any athlete," Miller said yesterday. "If he does good, they should cheer him. If he doesn't, he'll catch that end of it. But I think he'll be fine."
The Patriot Ledger reports on comments made by coach Belichick on coaching. "I think that being a special teams coach better prepared me for being a head coach in a lot of ways than being a defensive coordinator did," said Belichick, who coached specials from 1976 with Detroit through 1982 with the New York Giants.
Check out The Globe's Patriots blog, Reiss' Pieces for up-to-date info.