McCourty hopes to play Sunday

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Rookie cornerback Devin McCourty, who was knocked out of last Sunday's win in Chicago with a rib injury, said he hopes to play this week against the Green Bay Packers.

"I'm feeling better. I think I showed yesterday that I was able to go out there and practice, and I'm practicing today," McCourty said in the locker room Friday morning. "I always want to play, each Sunday. We don't get many opportunities to go out and play, so any time we do, I want to be out there."

Asked if he might try to sway coach Bill Belichick's mindset, McCourty smiled and said, "I'm not trying to get on his bad side. Whatever the docs and [athletic] trainers decide, and what Coach says, that's what I'll go with."

McCourty explained that the injury came on the second-quarter play in which stripped the ball from Bears receiver Johnny Knox, forcing a fumble that was recovered by linebacker Gary Guyton and returned 35 yards for a touchdown. McCourty played three snaps on the next series before coming out of the game for good.

"Just a little nag," he described. "I'm just happy that I can go out there and practice. I think that's always a good sign."

McCourty, who missed Wednesday's practice and was limited Thursday, was asked his level of concern last Sunday when he sustained the injury.

"I try not to rush into things, and let the doc look at it, let the trainers look at it, and then just go from what they say," he answered. "It's always tough, as a competitor, when you're out and you can't compete and your team is out there playing."