Faulk says he'll 'probably' start season on PUP

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Faulk says he'll 'probably' start season on PUP

By Tom E. Curran
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FOXBORO - Tuesday morning, Bill Belichick said it was possible that Kevin Faulk would start the season on the team's Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Tuesday night, Faulk sounded like he expected it. Speaking at the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation's Kickoff Gala, Faulk was asked about being placed on PUP and having to miss the first six weeks of the season. "It would be difficult, but thats probably whats going to happen," Faulk said . "Ill deal with it as it comes. That goes with the territory." The 13-year veteran is coming off a torn ACL suffered against the Jets in Week 2 last season. His mentoring role is invaluable to the team. But he's becoming further removed from his days as the best playmaker in this offense ."Whenyou've been doing it for this long, you understand the business and understand the game, so you accept your role and move on," Faulkexplained."Keep getting better while on the PUP list, each and every day, and wait to see when your opportunity comes again. That's been my role for the past 13 years." Faulk told me he has no definitive answer as to where he'll start the season. He told reporters, "I went into coach Bill Belichick's room, me and him talked, and he said, 'I know if I said I can put you out there right now, youd give me 120 percent.' And hes probably right, but he was like, 'I want you to be better than 120 percent.' Thats Bill. Hes just being himself. I told him, 'I understand, whatever it is I can do to help this team win, thats what Im going to do.'" Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Hogan on facing his ex-Bills teammates: ‘Like it’s any other game’

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Hogan on facing his ex-Bills teammates: ‘Like it’s any other game’

FOXBORO – Sunday isn’t some “I’ll show them!” game for Chris Hogan. The Buffalo Bills didn’t give up on Hogan last March. They just weren’t going to extend themselves financially the way the Patriots did.

Hogan, a restricted free agent, was lured to New England by the team’s three-year, $12 million contract offer that had $7.5 million guaranteed. Buffalo, which had no cap space, made it clear before the deadline to match the Patriots offer even expired that they couldn’t keep Hogan.

So now, Buffalo enters Sunday’s game without injured wideouts Sammy Watkins and Greg Salas and must resign itself to watching Hogan run around as an opponent.

“I’m just preparing for the game just like it’s any other game,” Hogan said Friday when asked about the matchup. “[Division] opponent so it’s a big game for us. They’re going to come in here pretty excited. There’s going to be a lot of intensity out there.

“Those guys [the Bills] are all my friends still, but we’re playing a game now,” said Hogan. “Once that whistle blows, 60 minutes, I’m going to be playing football. Afterwards we can talk and do all that. My focus is on doing my job and taking advantage of all my opportunities on Sunday.”

Earlier this week, Rex Ryan spoke glowingly of Hogan, who has eight catches for 122 yards and a touchdown so far.

“It was definitely tough to lose him,” Ryan said Wednesday on a conference call. “We didn’t want to. The thing about Chris is he’s a tough guy, he’s a good receiver and things, but the thing that also impressed me is this guy, he did everything that was asked of him. From being a special-teams player and obviously being a wideout, being in the slot, being outside.”

Hogan has eight catches for 122 yards and a touchdown so far.

“It doesn’t surprise me the type of success he’s having, because he’s really a good football player,” said Ryan. “And when you look at him as an athlete, here’s a big-time lacrosse player who then decides he’s going to play one year of football [in college] and now is in the National Football League. He’s a pretty special talent.”

Hogan acknowledged Ryan’s praise, saying, “Anytime someone pays you a compliment, as a head coach in this league, you obviously take that. That meant a lot to me, especially coming from him. I will be forever grateful to them, that organization. They gave me my first chance. That’s where I really kind of made my, started my career. I was there for four years. I established a lot of relationships with those guys and to this day still do. I will always look back on my career and that’s where I started.”

Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.

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Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.

FOXBORO - Scratch the estimable Sammy Watkins from the Bills roster for Sunday. 

Buffalo shared via Twitter that their long, tall wideout is out for Sunday with a foot injury. Also down are wideout Greg Salas and left tackle Cyrus Kouandijo.

The Bills' starting left tackle Cordy Glenn has been dealing with an ankle injury that caused him to miss last week's game. 

Robert Woods will be the Bills best outside threat with Watkins taking Sunday off. The Bills' talented corner Ronald Darby is also trying to get back this week from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss last week's game with Arizona.