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09/09/2012 - 3:40pm
Belichick: 'We've got a long way to go'

True to form, Patriots coach Bill Belichick offered measured praise for his team after New England opened the season with a 34-13 victory over the Titans on Sunday. "It's always nice to get off to a good start," Belichick said. "But we've got a long way to go." 

The coach did point out the play of rookies Dont'a Hightower and Chandler Jones after Jones sacked Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker and forced a fumble that Hightower recovered and returned for a touchdown. 

"That was a huge play in the game, obviously," Belichick said. "Those seven-point swings, defensive scores, they're always enormous plays in the National Football League. It's so tight and so competitive, when you get bonus points like that it usually tips the scales." 

As for his assessment of the rookies' performance, Belichick said: "They've done a good job for us and they keep working hard, I think they've...

09/09/2012 - 3:03pm
Bloodied, not beaten: Pats win opener

Tom Brady overcame a bloody nose to throw two touchdown passes, and Stevan Ridley rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots won their ninth straight opener, 34-13, over the Titans Sunday afternoon at LP Field in Nashville. Brady finished 23-of-31 for 230 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Ridley carried the ball 21 times and added two catches for 27 yards. The Patriots run defense was spectacular all afternoon, holding Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson to a career-low four yards on 11 carries. For Brady, it was his 125th career win, moving him past Fran Tarkenton for fifth place all-time among NFL quarterbacks. 

The Titans took their only lead on a Rod Bironas 28-yard field goal to cap a game-opening drive. The Patriots caught a big break when Devin McCourty collided with Damian Williams in the end zone but no flag was thrown. Replays showed McCourty made contact before Wiliams had a chance to reach for the ball.

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09/09/2012 - 2:21pm
Matsuzaka might be done in Sox rotation

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that he was "not sure" whether Daisuke Matsuzaka would remain in the rotation going forward after allowing five runs in 1 1/3 innings on Saturday. 

"We’re going to have some meetings here with him, too. He was very disappointed yesterday, and so was I," Valentine said. "I was disappointed he didn’t come out in the second inning the way he threw in the first inning. There’s got to be a way of replicating." 

Matsuzaka's numbers this year are atrocious. He is 1-5 with a 7.20 ERA in eight starts. He's made just two quality starts this year. While Matsuzaka started the year on the DL so he could complete his rehab from Tommy John surgery in June 2011 and landed back on the DL twice with issues in his upper trapezius muscle, Valentine said that he did not think that the right-hander's struggles are a byproduct of the surgery. 

The Sox have...

09/09/2012 - 12:52pm
Ortiz: 'I'm not going to push it again'

David Ortiz reported improvement since the PRP injection he received almost two weeks ago to promote healing in his injured right Achilles. However, while he suggested he's "been feeling totally different ... when it comes to healing," the slugger -- who spent several days not walking after the injection, did not travel during the West Coast trip and now is wearing a protective boot on his right foot -- said that he's still in the healing process, rather than healed.

"I'm not there yet. I'm not there," he said. "When they do that PRP thing, they kind of dig in there. They're adding something that wasn't there. That's got to go back in place and start the healing process. Like everybody knows, that's now a two-week thing. So I'm pretty sure that after they get the boot off, I'm going to start getting treatment different than what I'm getting right now. It all depends now how sensitive still I get to be down there. They think step...

09/09/2012 - 10:41am
Bequette, Fells among Pats inactives

Rookies Jake Bequette, Justin Francis and Marcus Forston are among the Sunday additions to the Patriots inactive list for the opener against the Titans in Nashville. Also inactive on Sunday will be tight end Daniel Fells, rookie defensive back Alfonzo Dennard, offensive lineman Nick McDonald and running back Shane Vereen. 

Dennard (hamstring), McDonald (shoulder) and Vereen (foot) were all ruled out as inactive before Sunday's game. Dennard and McDonald were ruled out on Saturday after being limited on Friday in practice. Vereen did not practice all week. 

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