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Danny Woodhead on M&M: ‘I was ready to go’ after big hit vs. Bucs

08.29.11 at 11:43 am ET

Running back Danny Woodhead joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday morning as part of WEEI’s Patriots Monday. Woodhead was drilled in Game 2 of the preseason but said there was never a question about being ready for Saturday’s game vs. the Lions.

“That was not even a little bit of a worry going into the game,” he said. “I was ready to go. I was obviously out there, so that wasn’t of any concern for me.”

Woodhead was hit while covering on special teams late in the Buccaneers game. Asked if he had any concerns about being in a vulnerable position so late in a preseason game, Woodhead said no.

“It’s a football game,” he said. “You’ve got to play every minute that you’re in. The biggest thing that we go by is we’ve got to play 60 minutes no matter what it is. I was out there and maybe I got hit. It’s football. That’s what we signed up to play.”

After the play, Woodhead appeared to be woozy as he was helped off by fellow Patriots, but Woodhead insists it looked worse than it was.

“I’ve got a lot of great teammates,” he said. “I think that’s probably what it was. They were probably just concerned because they saw me get hit. I’ve got a lot of great teammates that care about me. I think that’s probably the reason. They saw me get hit pretty big.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

On Saturday’s 34-10 loss to the Lions: “They came and they ended up beating us. That’s really all that you say is that they beat us. We’ve got to get back to work and try to get better every day.”

On how the lockout might have made on-field communication more difficult due to the lack of offseason workouts: “That’s not something that we’re going to worry about, the lockout not [allowing players] a lot of time. We’re not looking for excuses, we’re not looking for those. We just have to use every day we can to get better as a team, as an offensive unit, defense, special teams. We’ve just got to go to work every day and get better.”

On trying to improve: “We just go out there every game, try to execute everything to the best of our abilities. Things obviously didn’t work out the other night. We didn’t make enough plays. It’s obviously something we’ve got to continue to get better at, look at the things we did and try to just clean those things up.”

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