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Mike Lowe has covered the New England Patriots since 1999 for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and has had a nice view of their emergence as one of the NFL’s premier franchises.

He’s been at the paper since 1982 and has covered everything from a Little League World Series to the Summer Olympics. He is married to Tracie and they have three children and two grandchildren.

Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeLowePPH.

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Sunday December 08, 2013 | 12:06 PM

The  running back carosel is back for the New England Patriots.'

Stevan Ridley, who sat out last weeks' win in Houston after fumbling in three consecutive games, is active for today's game with the Cleveland Browns. And Brandon Bolden is out.

Bolden's inactive status is not injury-related. He was listed as having missed Friday's practice with something that was "not injury related.'' He had practiced all week previously.

Ridley, meanwhile, was on the sidelines last week, holding a football in his right hand. He remains the team's leading rusher with 576 yards, but has lost four fumbles on the season, two being returned for touchdowns.

Wednesday December 04, 2013 | 02:59 PM

Bill Belichick typically presents a dour outlook during his press conferences, his expression rarely changing, his words presented in monotone.

But Wednesday, a much less serious Bill Belichick met the media.

With the Cleveland Browns coming to Gillette Stadium Sunday, he reflected on his five years as the Browns head coach. And he also threw out a couple of zingers.

The best came when he was asked about his thoughts about Cleveland. During his answer, he reflected on the various stops in his coaching career. See if you can guess which team wasn't his favorite:

Tuesday December 03, 2013 | 07:45 PM

The Patriots could clinch a playoff spot and the AFC East title on Sunday, but Bill Belichick isn't allowing himself to think that far ahead.

Askedin a Tuesday conference call about the possibility of clinching on Sunday, Belichick said his, and the team's, only focus is on their next opponent, the Cleveland Browns.

"Really, we're not talking about that,'' he said. "The only thing we can control is how we play against Cleveland. That's really what we need to focus on. Whatever else does or doesn't happen in the league is definitely outside of our control.

"Right now we're just trying to focus on improving, getting ready for the Browns, a team we don't know very well, a team that we have a lof of respect for that has a lot of explosive players. It's going to be a big challenge for us this week to match up against these guys. Hopefully we can go out there and improve and play better and win and whatever else happens, or doesn't happen, we can't worry about that.''

Monday December 02, 2013 | 03:46 PM

Stevan Ridley got a lot of airtime Sunday for a guy who didn't play.

The Patriots leading rusher was not active for New England's 34-31 come-from-behind road victory over the Houston Texans Sunday afternoon. Nor was he injured.

Ridley, who has gained 546 yards, was seen several times during the telecast on the sidelines holding a football. He has lost four fumbles this year, two of which have been returned for touchdowns.

But in his Monday morning conference call, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Ridley's benching was not a message.

Friday November 29, 2013 | 06:56 PM

Hello everyone, I took a couple of days off to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. Now that the Black Friday shopping is done, time to give you all some things to chew on as the Patriots prepare to play the Texans in Houston on Sunday.

Remember, the starting time has been moved to 1 p.m. So set your clocks appropriately.

- Right tackle Marcus Cannon, wide receiver Aaon Dobson and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui are all OUT for the game. That means Will Svitek will start at right tackle and Kenbrell Thompkins should see a lot more action. As will Mainer Matthew Mulligan at tight end.

Four cornerbacks - Kyle Arrington, Aqib Talib, Marquice Cole and Alfonzo Dennard - are all listed as Questionable, which means there's a 50-50 chance they will play.