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Belichick: ‘We expect [Burgess] to be here’

07.30.10 at 9:26 am ET
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FOXBORO ‘€” Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed the fact that outside linebacker Derrick Burgess was unexpectedly absent from the first day of training camp on Thursday.

Speaking at his Friday morning press conference, Belichick sounded like he was caught slightly off guard by the fact that Burgess wasn’€™t in attendance at either practice on Thursday. According to reports, the 31-year-old is contemplating retirement.

‘€œDerrick wasn’€™t here yesterday, and we expect him to be here,’€ Belichick said. ‘€œWe’€™ll just deal with it going forward.

‘€œI’€™m not sure I know all the information I need to know,’€ added the coach. ‘€œWe’€™ll take it day-by-day.’€

Burgess was not around, and in his place, the Patriots used a variety of players at his outside linebacker spot, including rookie Jermaine Cunningham and veteran Pierre Woods.

‘€œYou hate to not have all the players out there all the time,’€ Belichick said. ‘€œ[But] the guys that have the opportunities to play have worked hard and are competitive and will take advantage of it.’€

If Burgess does decide to retire, it wouldn’€™t be the first time that a New England veteran has decided to call it a career at the start of training camp. In one three-year stretch at the start of the decade, veteran offensive linemen Joe Panos, Rich Tylski and Brenden Stai all decided to retire shortly after the start of camp.

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