FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots won't hold their first non-walkthrough practice of the week until Wednesday, which means players will have three straight days since their divisional-round win over the Kansas City Chiefs to recuperate.
That's some welcome down time for a group of banged-up Patriots that now includes defensive end Chandler Jones (reached for right knee midway through fourth quarter), and linebackers Jamie Collins (back injury) and Jerod Mayo (shoulder), all of whom left Saturday's win and didn't return.
Players were in for meetings on Sunday, going over corrections from their win over the Chiefs. Meanwhile, their official off day is Monday, and there is also no practice Tuesday.
The team is currently scheduled to practice early on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, with Friday's schedule to be determined based on travel plans. The likelihood is that Friday's practice will be on the earlier side, with the team traveling later that day.
The official start time for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the host Denver Broncos is 3:05 p.m. ET.
"We definitely took some time to enjoy [Saturday's win] and did a lot of good things," special teams captain Matthew Slater said. "But we'll hit the reset button shortly and be ready to move on to next week."
Asked the confidence level of the team, Slater said, "We feel good about ourselves and know that if we play to our potential, we're a tough team to beat."