Seau wants to return to natural habitat

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

FOXBOUROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots' defense spent the past few months getting younger.

Yet they could be on the verge of adding a 40-year-old. Seau

ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss reports the Patriots gave Junior Seau a physical this week, while the 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker was in the area to film an episode of "Sports Jobs with Junior Seau." Seau was working as a Washington Capitals equipment manager for a game against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

Ever been in a hockey locker room when the pads are soaked in sweat? And he was washing jock straps. No wonder Seau is considering a return.

Seau had previously said he wanted to return to the Patriots, but not until November or December.

"This body can give you six games, but that’s about it," Seau said two weeks ago on Sirius NFL Radio.

Seau said at the time he is working out four days a week.

"They understand that if they need any help going further into the postseason or in the midst of December, which is a crucial time ... I'll be able to look at it and we'll assess that as that happens," Seau said.

The Patriots could use some help on defense, but linebacker Jerod Mayo was back on the practice field in a limited capacity Friday, less than three weeks after suffering a sprained knee in the first half of the season opener.

Seau returned to the Patriots in December and played in their last four games. He started the last two, making 10 tackles in the finale.