Patriots offensive Matt Light called in to The Big Show Friday afternoon following the team's 27-24 win over the Saints in the team's first preseason game of the season. Despite the win, Light said that coach Bill Belichick made sure to keep the team grounded.

 

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick elaborated on the team's decision to put Ty Warren on injured reserve Friday. The team also brought back defensive end/outside linebacker Derrick Burgess from a brief attempt at retirement.

 

"[It was a] tough break of Ty but we have to move on. He's missed quite a bit of time the last couple of years, so we've had to deal with that anyway," Belichick said. "It's unfortunate, but unfortunately that's part of the game, so we'll just move ahead."

 

The Patriots announced Friday that they have reinstated pass-rusher Derrick Burgess and have placed defensive end Ty Warren on injured reserve. For Burgess, it seemingly means his brief retirement has ended, but for Warren it means he will miss the season.

 

The Patriots lost Jarvis Green to free agency and last season traded Richard Seymour, meaning that with Warren out the defensive line could consist of Gerard Warren, Vince Wilfork, and Mike Wright, all of whom started in Thursday night's preseason opener vs. the Saints. 

 

According to a report from Mike Reiss of ESPN, Patriots defensive end Ty Warren's hip injury could threaten his season. Warren has been out for most of training camp and did not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. the Saints. 

 

The report states that the injury, which is believed to be a labral tear, is "likely to require surgery." If Warren does indeed get the surgery, he would likely miss the 2010 season. Gerard Warren started in Ty Warren's place Thursday night.

 

Guard Stephen Neal and running backs Sammy Morris and Fred Taylor joined the Dale & Holley show on Friday morning to talk about Patriots training camp and the first preseason game against the defending champion Saints.

 

FOXBORO — For 17 snaps on Thursday night, there was no talk about of a contract, about a “growing disconnect” or the possible impact that four hours of golf might have on a negotiation. No speculation about working out on the West Coast vs.



FOXBORO -- Laurence Maroney had a pair of touchdown runs and BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran in a score from six yards as the Patriots beat the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, 27-24, at Gillette Stadium in the preseason opener for both teams. 

 

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FOXBORO — Roughly seven months since they played their last game, the Patriots will take the field for the first contest of the 2010 preseason Thursday night at Gillette Stadium against



FOXBORO -- On the eve of his induction to the Patriots Hall of Fame, Sam "Bam" Cunningham was again recognized for his work beyond the gridiron on Wednesday. Patriots owner Robert Kraft recalled a dinner at his Brookline home in 2009 when John Hannah paid tribute to Cunningham as a man who opened up football to African-Americans in the Deep South of Alabama.