FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick hits from the media-access period in the Patriots' locker room today:
1. Players drawing larger media crowds included defensive end Andre Carter, receiver Wes Welker, practice squad safety Ross Ventrone, and offensive lineman Brian Waters. Although it is a Friday, players on a Thursday-like schedule because of the Monday night game. With Waters preparing to face his former team, he was popular among reporters.
2. Second-year receiver Taylor Price was making his way to a meeting when he was stopped by a reporter. As quarterback Tom Brady walked by, Brady smiled and said, "No injury stuff, Taylor." It was a good snapshot of how respected veterans "police" the locker room.
3. From a strategy standpoint, a few players locked in today on the Chiefs' running game. Stopping the run is a top goal this week (the Chiefs average 124.4 yards per game, 10th in the NFL), with Andre Carter saying there is a little bit of a different type of mentality for the defense. While players weren't saying Dexter McCluster is Reggie Bush, they did note that McCluster's style of play somewhat resembles Bush. He's a weapon they have to account for in this game.
4. Andre Carter on having a half-sack taken away from him from Sunday's win over the Jets, which means he falls back into a tie for the single-game franchise record: "It is what it is. Regardless, it was four sacks, and that's just something that's hard to come by for any player. It's definitely a bless performance and I thank God for everything. It's definitely a game I'll remember. You put it in your hip pocket and keep going."
5. Safety Sterling Moore said he hasn't heard from the NFL regarding a fine on his unnecessary roughness penalty on Jets receiver Plaxico Burress on Sunday. Fines are announced by the league today. Moore said he's been coached to keep his helmet up when tackling, but specific to the Burress hit, this could be a case where the NFL erred in throwing the penalty flag on him (we'll find out more today).