Wheatley eager to join mix at RCB

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Patriots’ evolving situation at right cornerback, where Darius Butler started the first two weeks before being replaced by Kyle Arrington last week, has a tie-in to another player on the roster.

Could third-year cornerback Terrence Wheatley also be in the mix when he returns from injury?

Wheatley, a 2008 second-round draft choice, has yet to practice during the regular season because of a foot injury. He spoke with reporters in the locker room today, reporting that his rehabilitation is “going well” and he “hasn’t taken any steps backwards.”

“I’ve been itching for a while to get back on the field,” said Wheatley, who injured his foot in the preseason. “It’s not up to me. It’s up the trainers and the coaching staff to feel comfortable enough to put me out there. Whenever that is, I’ll be out there. Until then, I’m just taking it one day at a time, one step at a time. We’ll just see when that is.”

Wheatley was not present for the start of practice Wednesday, and one line of thinking is that it might be smart to wait until after the Dolphins’ game to bring him back because the team has the bye the following weekend, giving him more time to recover.

“I’m just going to focus on the little small things, watch a lot of film, and when it’s time to go play, play,” Wheatley said.