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Monday, September 14, 2009
Welker looks like he'll play

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Wes Welker on the field working out in his game pants. Inactives to come, but looks like he'll play.

Pregame plan


Here is a little bit of the pregame feel from Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots host the Bills tonight (ESPN, 7 p.m.), as well as some thoughts on what to expect on the blog during tonight's game:

Weather conditions: It has been in the mid-70s and sunny throughout the day. The temperature is expected to be in the high 60s around kickoff with no precipitation. The orange flags atop the goal posts are lightly rippling. It's an ideal night for football.

Paying homage to the past: At the 50-yard line, there is the standard red, white and blue Patriots "Flying Elvis" logo. In addition to that, there are two original American Football League logos at the 25-yard lines close to each sideline. This is the 50th anniversary of the AFL and both clubs will be wearing throwback jerseys tonight. There are also NFL "Kickoff" logos at the 27-yard line near both sidelines.

Tonight's officiating crew: Scott Green has been assigned to work tonight's contest.

Scouts in the house: As is often the case, advance scouts will be in attendance to watch tonight's game. The Jets, Saints and Buccaneers are scheduled to have scouts here.

Tonight's blog plan: Inactive players are usually learned 60-90 minutes before kickoff. The plan will be to list the inactive players when they are announced, then post an analysis of what that means for others on the roster. The blogging will continue through warm-ups. Once the game starts, I'll focus on the action on the field, returning at halftime to post an analysis. Then, at the end of the game, I will plan to post a quick analysis of the game. After returning from the locker room, the plan will be to load up the blog with reaction. It's also a good time to give a shout out to my blogging brother, Tim Graham, who covers the AFC East. He's here tonight, and we'll be working in concert.