FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Patriots coach Bill Belichick held his regularly scheduled news conference on Wednesday morning and here were some of the key points:
Mayo’s impact well documented: Belichick didn’t go into great detail on how the Patriots might recover from the loss of linebacker Jerod Mayo, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve. “I think I’ve been on record many times talking about Jerod,” he said. “He does a lot for us – on the field, off the field -- but we’re just going to have to move on.” Asked about the team’s younger linebackers possibly stepping in, Belichick said, “That’s why we have them. That’s why we have a full team. If we happen to lose somebody, then somebody else has to step in and play.”
Deflecting injury questions: Belichick was asked if there were plans to do anything different with tight end Rob Gronkowski this week in practice and deflected the question, saying the team will file its standard injury report by the league’s imposed deadline at the end of the day.
Defensive tackle Neblett re-signed: With the open roster spot created by placing Mayo on injured reserve, the Patriots re-signed defensive tackle Andre Neblett. That could be an indication that veteran defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who missed Sunday’s win over the Saints with a right knee injury, remains questionable for action.
No practice yet for Armstead and Harrison: This is the first day that players on reserve lists can practice, but Belichick said that defensive tackle Armond Armstead (non-football illness) and receiver Mark Harrison (not-football injury) will not practice today. This adds some more context to their status. It seems like both need more time, from a medical standpoint, before being able to practice.