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Monday, November 9, 2009
Koppen's knee may be OK

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Sights and sounds from the Patriots' locker room Monday:

Injured center Dan Koppen walks through: It appears that Koppen, who left Sunday's win over Miami in the second quarter after hurting his knee, avoided a serious injury, as he walked through the locker room Monday without crutches or a noticeable limp. Koppen declined an interview request. Earlier in the day, coach Bill Belichick did not provide an update but said, "He's a pretty fast healer. Hopefully he'll be back out there soon."

Colts talk picking up: Plenty of chatter about the upcoming game against the Colts. Cornerback Leigh Bodden, safety Brandon McGowan and linebacker Adalius Thomas drew media crowds. "It's going to be fun, a lot of excitement," Bodden said. Added McGowan, "It's pretty cool to be playing in a Colts-Patriots game." Both Bodden and McGowan will be playing their first game in the rivalry.

Sammy Morris looks closer to return: Running back Sammy Morris, who injured his knee in the Oct. 18 win over the Titans, looks closer to a return. Morris walked through the locker room en route to the weight room just as reporters were arriving.