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QB Mallett: 'My head's fine'

PHILADELPHIA -- Patriots second-string quarterback Ryan Mallett was knocked out of Friday’s preseason-opening win over the Eagles late in the second quarter with what the team announced was a head injury.

“My head’s fine,” Mallett said in the locker room afterward.

Mallett played 25 snaps in the game, coming on in a tough spot on the Patriots’ third series, with the ball at the 1-yard line. He finished 9-of-18 for 97 yards, watching the second half on the sideline with his teammates.

If there was one throw he’d probably like to have back, it came on the first play of the second quarter when he missed rookie receiver Josh Boyce on a would-be touchdown strike over the middle.

“I just overshot him a little bit,” Mallett relayed. “I didn’t want to lead him because I couldn’t see the corner on the other side of the field. I didn’t want to throw him into the corner, so I just tried to give him a chance. Overshot it a little bit.”

Asked his overall thoughts from his performance, Mallett said, “You have to see the film, see what went well, what didn’t go so well. We’ll see tomorrow. ... There are things we have to work on. We’ll look at the film and see what they were and go back to work tomorrow.”

Patriots coach Bill Belichick saw some good things from Mallett’s work.

“I thought he did a solid job in there,” he said. “I thought all of our quarterbacks were productive. It’s not perfect out there with anybody. We have some things we need to work on, but I thought we did enough good things to move the ball fairly consistently and be balanced.”