Rest, rehab on tap for DL Pryor

One of the loose ends to tie up from the end of the Patriots' season is the injury status of defensive lineman Myron Pryor, one of the team's top interior sub rushers.

Pryor had missed seven games with a back injury before returning for the regular-season finale. But the back injury remained an issue and he did not play in the team's 28-21 playoff loss to the Jets.

One fear was that Pryor may have done more damage to his back, but that was not the case, according to a source with knowledge of his situation. It is not considered an injury that requires surgery, so the current plan is for Pryor to focus on rest and rehabilitation, the source said.

Pryor's primary role for the Patriots in 2010 was as a pass rusher in sub packages. He played in 21 percent of the defensive snaps and one of his highlights came against the Vikings on Oct. 31 when he beat guard Steve Hutchinson and put a hit on quarterback Brett Favre that knocked Favre out of the game.