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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Quick hits from Patriots locker room

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Some quick hits from the media-access period in the locker room today:

Mike Reiss/ESPN BostonTaylor Price talks at his locker Wednesday at Gillette Stadium.


1. Receiver Taylor Price, donning a cap of his hometown Cleveland Indians, said he expects to play Saturday night in Detroit. Price was one of the stars of the preseason opener (5 catches, 105 yards, TD), but missed the second preseason game in Tampa after being held out of practice with what was described as "bumps and bruises." Price talked about how having Chad Ochocinco and the other veteran receivers has helped provide an example of what it means to be a pro. Price grew up in Hilliard, Ohio, which is about 150 miles away from Cleveland.

2. Sounds like Bill Belichick is treating this as close to a game week as possible, prepping the team on some of the Lions' personnel. That highlights how there is some more game-planning involved in the third preseason game than some other preseason contests.

3. Rookie cornerback Ras-I Dowling met with a group of reporters for the first time since he returned to practice Tuesday. The second-round pick was cautious with his words, repeating several times that he was just focused on himself and trying to get better.

4. Backup center/guard Ryan Wendell walked through the room for the second day in a row. He's been out of practice for the last three weeks but it looks like he's getting closer to a return.

5. Rookie cornerback Malcolm Williams, the seventh-round pick out of Texas Christian, wore a wrap on his left leg. Williams showed up in the preseason opener against the Jaguars -- making a tackle on kickoff coverage -- but has been sidelined since.

6. One player described this stage of the preseason as one in which players have a lot of "tired legs" and this tests their mental toughness. "Only the strong survive," the player said of Belichick's demanding camp.