Talib: Hip injury is 'day-to-day'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Three days after suffering a hip injury that kept him out of the second half of his team's Week 14 victory over the Houston Texans, Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib says he is feeling "all right."

"[It's] just [a] day-to-day injury," he said. "[I'm] working hard three times a day trying to get healthy."

Talib, who said he doesn't specifically know how the injury occurred, added that he is growing more comfortable with his new team after four games played.

"You put yourself in any setting, the longer you'll be there, the more comfortable you get," he said. "So definitely, I feel a lot more comfortable."

On Monday night, the Patriots often used Talib to shadow Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, one of the best in the league. Asked whether that fired him up even more for the game, Talib replied: "If you weren't fired up for that game, I don't know what to tell you. But I just do what coach asks me to do. I'm going to be fired up whatever he asks me to do though."

The 26-year-old Talib said that members of the Patriots' secondary have welcomed him with open arms, and that he enjoyed the challenge of covering Johnson.

"Yeah definitely," he said. "I just enjoy the game of football period. Whatever coach asks me to, that's what I'm going to do."

The hip injury limited Talib in practice on Wednesday. The Patriots will release their practice report for Thursday later this evening.