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10/31/2010 - 7:14pm
Scary TKO: Pats knock out Favre, Vikes

FOXBORO -- BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed 17 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns and the Patriots defense knocked out Brett Favre late in the fourth quarter as the Patriots beat the Vikings, 28-18, Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

 

Tom Brady completed 16-of 27 passes for 240 yards and a brilliant 65-yard scrambling touchdown pass to Brandon Tate as the Patriots won their fifth straight game and claimed sole of possession of first place in the AFC East with a 6-1 record. That's a game better than the 5-2 Jets, who were shut out at home, 9-0, by Green Bay on Sunday. 

 

Randy Moss caught just one pass for eight yards in his return to New England. Favre was knocked out of the game when Myron Pryor drilled him under the chin. Favre was helped to the sideline and then moments later taken off the field on a cart after having his face and head examined. He did not return to the game. 

 

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10/31/2010 - 7:01pm
Favre driven from game in fourth

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was driven from his team's game with the Patriots Sunday with 7:31 left in the contest when New England defensive lineman Myron Pryor hit him under the chin on a 3rd-and-goal from 4-yard-line.

 

Favre was helped off the field by the Vikings' medical staff, and promptly replaced by Tavaris Jackson. After Minnesota was granted an automatic first-down on the Favre pass thanks to illegal contact on Pats' cornerback Jonathan Wilhite. The Vikes' backup quarterback would toss a one-yard TD pass to Naufahu Tahi, along with a two-point conversion toss to Percy Harvin, to cut the Patriots' lead to 21-18.

 

The official statement regarding Favre, who was brought to the locker room on a cart with the Gillette Stadium crowd supplying a smattering of boos, was that the quarterback had suffered a "laceration." Favre left the game having gone 22-for-32, passing for 259 yards and one interception....

10/31/2010 - 3:37pm
Shaq misses practice, is day to day

Shaquille O'Neal didn't practice Sunday and it is uncertain whether he'll be ready to play Tuesday when the Celtics play at Detroit. O'Neal banged his fibula against the leg of Amar'e Stoudemire in Friday's game against the Knicks. He limped back to the locker room and didn't return. "I always have a freak injury," he said Sunday. "We’ll be all right." O'Neal said that he hopes to practice Monday and that he is taking it day by day.

 

The Celtics did get good news when Jermaine O'Neal returned to practice after missing Friday's game with swelling in his knee. "It’s been rough to be honest," he said. "I’m not going to lie. I’m disappointed." 

 

If Shaq can't play Tuesday, Jermaine O'Neal would probably move into the starting lineup, Doc Rivers said. If they both can't play, Semih Erden would be next in line. Rivers would prefer to continue bringing Glen...

10/31/2010 - 3:13pm
Delonte West: 'Ready to move past that'

Delonte West spoke after practice Sunday about the fight between him and Von Wafer Friday afternoon. "It’s not that serious," he said. "We’ve moved past that. We’re competitive guys. I’m competitive, he’s competitive. As long as it’s for the betterment of the team there’s nothing wrong with healthy competition and pushing each other to get better. Things went a little too far at the same time we’re ready to move past that. We’re professionals and we’re on to something different." 

 

West disputed the initial report about the incident. "I read the reports and a lot of things were taken out of context," he said. "Facts were made up that were not true how things played out. Guys get into scuffles or whatever you want to call it. At the end of the day we’re like brothers in here. We’re competitive. We’ve got fiery guys in here. You...

10/31/2010 - 3:08pm
Pats inactives: Chung inactive, Branch plays

FOXBORO -- In a mild surprise, safety Pat Chung will be inactive for today's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Chung suffered a bruised knee in last week's win over the San Diego Chargers. Meanwhile, Deion Branch, who suffered a mild hamstring strain and will play for the Patriots.

 

The inactive for the Patriots are: Chung, OL Mark LeVoir, DL Kyle Love, OL Rich Ohrnberger, S Jarrad Page, WR Taylor Price, WR Matthew Slater and RB Fred Taylor.

 

For the Vikings, cornerback Lito Sheppard will sit this one out. Their complete inactive list reads as follows: QB Joe Webb (3rd QB), WR Hank Baskett, S Tyrell Johnson, CB Lito Sheppard, RB Albert Young, LB Erin Henderson, G Chris DeGeare and DT Jimmy Kennedy.

 

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