The status of defensive lineman Mike Wright, who missed the final six regular-season games with a concussion before being placed on injured reserve, was one of the bigger health-related issues with the Patriots in 2010.
Wright sustained the concussion Nov. 21 against the Colts, and the Patriots held a roster spot for him in hopes he could return. But by Jan. 7, the week leading up to the playoff loss to the Jets, the team placed him on season-ending IR.
That has led to questions about Wright's longer-term prognosis, and some of those questions percolated again this week after the Patriots reached agreement on a two-year deal with free-agent defensive end Marcus Stroud.
Wright, according to a source, has made strides in his recovery and has been working out at Gillette Stadium. While some players have left the area over the last few months, Wright has stayed close by, positioning himself to be at his strongest when organized workouts ultimately begin.
Wright, who turned 29 on Tuesday and enters his seventh NFL season, led the Patriots with 5.5 sacks last season. His contract runs through 2012.