Ryan Mallett declares himself ready to go

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Backup New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett, who missed two practices earlier this week and has been limited in two others, declared himself ready for action for Friday night’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I’m ready to go, whenever my number is called,” Mallett said Thursday after a walk-through practice. "I'm good to go."

Mallett described his absence earlier in the week as more of a “maintenance” issue.

In last Thursday’s preseason opener, he slid awkwardly at the end of a running play, getting grass caught in his left knee brace. Mallett said there was no type of injury sustained on the play.

Asked about his play in the preseason opener, Mallett said, “There are some things we obviously have to do better. We didn’t play very well. I think we came out here and practiced well and got better, so that’s what we’re trying to do every day -- get better. So we’ll go out here and play the Eagles tomorrow and be ready to go.”

Penalties hurt the Patriots’ offense in the preseason opener.

“That’s part of the preseason. Those things are going to happen,” Mallett said. “It showed why you can’t let it happen when you get to the regular season. You just have to learn from that.”

Mallett didn’t want to get into details about his own performance, but did acknowledge there are times he’d like to make better decisions, as well as quicker decisions.