Purely a business trip for Ryan

Former BC quarterback has winning on his mind vs. Pats in return to stomping grounds

Updated: September 23, 2009, 5:56 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH -- Preparing to face his former Boston College teammate Matt Ryan on Sunday, Patriots rookie defensive lineman Ron Brace would have sent him a text message by now.

But the last one never went through.

"He changed his number," Brace said. "Had to."

Brace fully understands why based on Ryan's impressive entry into the NFL, his star rising dramatically in such short time.

Now Ryan returns to where his pro career launched, playing his first NFL game ...

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