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09/24/2012 - 11:52am
Branch: Reed hit 'wasn't as bad as it looked'

Patriots receiver Deion Branch checked in with Mut & Merloni on Monday to discuss Sunday night's 31-30 loss to the Ravens.

Branch was hit hard on two plays in Sunday's game. First, he was drilled in the head by safety Ed Reed after catching a short pass. Branch couldn't hold on to the ball, but Reed was flagged for the hit so the Patriots picked up a first down. Branch and Reed respectfully tapped each other's helmets after the play, and Branch said he has no animosity toward the Ravens defender.

"He's a great player. He made a great play," Branch said. "I wasn't mad about the hit. I was mad that the ball came out of my hands."

Added Branch: "We all know going across the middle you're going to get hit. … Most time I have enough time to catch the ball and get on the ground. But he was on me so fast, I really didn't have time to react. So, unfortunately I dropped the ball. He made a good play. We got a flag...

09/24/2012 - 10:54am
Jets CB Revis out for season with torn ACL

Jets coach Rex Ryan confirmed Monday morning that All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

Revis' leg buckled as tried to avoid a block in the third quarter of Sunday's overtime win over the Dolphins. After limping to the sideline, he was taken to the locker room on a cart.

Revis was replaced by Kyle Wilson, the team's top pick in the 2010 draft. Wilson, playing the corner opposite Antonio Cromartie, was charged with pass interference on a key play in the fourth quarter, leading to Miami's game-tying field goal that forced overtime.

Meanwhile, in other AFC East injury news, Bills running back C.J. Spiller hurt his left shoulder in the first quarter of Sunday's 24-14 victory over the Browns. Spiller, who led the NFL in rushing through two games with 292 yards, was hit hard by Browns safety Usama Young after catching a 25-yard pass that ended up being called back due to holding....

09/24/2012 - 9:14am
Report: NFL will review Belichick's behavior

According to a report from NFL Network's Steve Wyche, the NFL will review the incident after Sunday night's game in which Patriots coach Bill Belichick grabbed an official.

Belichick apparently wanted an explanation after the Ravens' game-ending field goal that appeared to go directly over the upright or to see if it was reviewable. He pursued an official and pulled on his arm when the ref did not stop.

The NFL warned teams last week following a couple of incidents in which coaches berated replacement officials.

Belichick said in his postgame press conference that he does not expect a fine. He said of the officials: "I'm not going to comment on that. You saw the game. What did we have, 30 penalties called in the game? … 

"It's our job to just go out there and control what we can control. That's what we're going to try to work on. You can't control anything else. You'd have to talk to those guys. Go talk to the...

09/24/2012 - 8:04am
Esiason on D&C: NFL officiating 'a debacle'

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly Patriots Monday appearance with Dennis & Callahan to talk about the Pats' 31-30 loss to the Ravens and other news from around the NFL.

The replacement officials once again are in the spotlight following some questionable decisions Sunday in a number of games, including the Patriots' setback.

"I spoke to two coaches yesterday, independent of one another, whose teams won a game yesterday. … And both of these coaches said to me flat-out that the officiating is an abomination and that it's ruining the sport," Esiason said. "And these are guys whose teams actually won. So, I'm thinking that the guys that lost probably feel even more passionate about it.

"I did last Monday night's game in Atlanta. It had the feel that the game was out of control, that they didn't know what they were doing. Watching last night, the Ravens and the Patriots, whether or not the field...

09/24/2012 - 12:28am
Wilfork: Won't 'pick a fight' with officials

BALTIMORE -- Patriots defensive captain Vince Wilfork said he was surprised that the game officials ran off the field so quickly after Justin Tucker's game-winning 27-yard field goal as time expired. 

"You have to. In game like this, you have to, but instead, they ran off the field. It is what it is," Wilfork said. "I'm not going to sit here and pick a fight with those guys. They have a job to do, we have a job to do. The only thing we can do is play better and try not to be in those situations no more."

Wilfork said he felt badly for the offense after the defense failed to protect a 30-21 lead with just over six minutes left in the fourth quarter. 

"We didn't do what we needed to do to help our offense tonight," Wilfork said. "It sucks because coming into the game we had a pretty good idea of how we wanted to play it. First quarter it showed, but it seemed like after that we couldn't get off the...

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