|01.06.10 at 4:14 pm ET|
FOXBORO – Thanks to the Patriots media relations staff, here are comments from Wednesday’s open locker room at Gillette Stadium.
Vince Wilfork, Nose Tackle
(On the Ravens)
“We’re playing a Baltimore team that it went down to the wire the last time we played them. They’re a tough, tough, physical football team, so we have to make sure that we prepare very, very hard against these guys. And I’m sure they’re doing the same thing. Suddenly, we have a challenge. Hopefully, we can get it done and move on. But we’ve definitely got to take it one day at a time and put all of our eggs in this basket and move forward. We’ve got to do everything possible — to the man — to play our A-game. Anything other than that and we’ll come out on the losing end of the sticks. We’ve got to be prepared and I think we had a great practice today. We’ll look at film, make the corrections and move forward, but I think we’re off to a good start.” Read the rest of this entry »
|01.06.10 at 3:51 pm ET|
Patriots Injury Report
Did Not Participate
OL Dan Connolly (ankle)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/right finger/rib)
WR Julian Edelman (forearm)
DE Jarvis Green (knee)
T Nick Kaczur (shoulder)
CB Shawn Springs (knee)
DE Ty Warren (ankle)
TE Benjamin Watson (knee)
DL Vince Wilfork (foot)
|01.06.10 at 3:30 pm ET|
FOXBORO – The Patriots officially placed wide receiver Wes Welker on season-ending injured reserve on Wednesday following his left knee injury on Sunday.
In a corresponding move, they signed linebacker Thomas Williams to the active squad.
Receivers Robert Ortiz and Nick Moore were signed to the practice squad while receiver Darnell Jenkins was placed on the practice squad injured list.
|01.06.10 at 3:12 pm ET|
FOXBORO – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady acknowledged at his press conference this afternoon that he has spoken to Wes Welker by phone a couple of times since Sunday’s season-ending left knee injury.
“We spoke a few times,” Brady said. “He’s one of my best friends. He’s doing good, all things considered.”
Brady said he told Welker things will change in life when you have a season-ending knee injury like the one that ended Welker’s season on Sunday.
The Associated Press awarded Brady the NFL Comeback Player of the Year honor on Wednesday for coming back from the same type of left knee reconstruction that Welker faces this offseason.
“I spoke to Wes and I said, ‘Things kind of change and evolve in your life a little bit when you have an injury like that,’” Brady said. “You really appreciate the game. For whatever reason, it’s not that you didn’t appreciate it before but it’s just a different level when you don’t have the opportunity to play.”
|01.06.10 at 2:01 pm ET|
FOXBORO – Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn’t commenting on Wednesday on a report in the New York Daily News that his defensive line coach could be bolting back to the Giants as the new defensive coordinator of Big Blue.
The paper reported on Wednesday that Pepper Johnson is drawing interest from the Giants, who fired Bill Sheridan from the job on Monday after the team had its worst defensive season since 1966.
Will this distract the Patriots’ preparations? Not likely, according to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who was asked about it on Wednesday.
“Right now, I’m just thinking about the Ravens,” Belichick said. “I don’t really care about the Giants.”
Johnson starred at linebacker for the Giants defenses of the 1980s and 90s, winning two Super Bowl titles with Belichick as his defensive coordinator and Bill Parcells as his head coach.
|01.06.10 at 1:01 pm ET|
FOXBORO – Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis said he’s not about to let his teammates fall into a huge trap by thinking Tom Brady’s injuries will keep him from being a force on Sunday.
“I think sometimes that’s the biggest set-up ever,” Lewis said. “You look at all the great ones, every time you say they’re hurt, they come out and have their best games. Forget all that who’s hurt, who’s not. If you have a uniform on, we understand you’re playing just like who you are.
“We don’t even get caught up into that. ‘Oh, Tom has this, let’s try to do this, let’s try to do that.’ Because as soon as you try to do that and leave people man-on-man. Then he hurts you and then he’s so heroic because he’s done it with three broken ribs and a broken ribs. Forget all that. Bottom line, if he’s suited up, he’s ready to play.”
|01.06.10 at 12:40 pm ET|
FOXBORO – During a conference call with New England reporters on Wednesday, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said he can’t worry about how referees are going to protect Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and enforce the so-called ‘Brady Rule’ during Sunday’s playoff game at Gillette Stadium.
“I’m so focused on trying to keep my team focused and try to get the Patriots and trying to deal with the Patriots,” said Lewis, who was upset at roughing the passer calls during his team’s 27-21 loss to New England on Oct. 4.
“I can’t even dwell back into that. Whatever’s going to happen is going to happen. If they’re going to throw a flag, they’ll throw a flag. Yeah, you’re [ticked] off at the moment because the way I approach the game and the way I play the game and that’s one thing. But when you talk about bringing it back up, that’s too much for me right now.”
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