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Steve Gregory still ‘day-to-day’ as he continues to work back from hip injury

10.16.12 at 5:00 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Patriots safety Steve Gregory, who has missed the last two weeks because of a hip injury, said Tuesday afternoon he’€™s still ‘€œday-to-day.’€

‘€œ[Just] doing what the trainers ask me to do and trying to get better. That’€™s pretty much it,’€ said the 29-year-old safety, in his first season with the Patriots. ‘€œYou never want to be hurt and not playing — as a competitor, you always want to be in there helping your team. The only think I can focus in on right now is getting healthy. That’€™s what I’€™ve been doing, just doing what the training staff asks me to do. I’€™m working every day to get better.’€

Asked if he was ‘€œhopeful’€ he could return this week, Gregory shrugged.

‘€œDon’€™t know. Like I said, I’€™m just going day-to-day, trying to get healthy. We’€™ll take it from there,’€ said the Syracuse product, who had 14 tackles and one interception this season. ‘€œI can’€™t wait to play. But like I said, it’€™s something you can’€™t rush back from because you’€™ll give yourself a setback. I want to make sure I’€™m 100 percent before I return.’€

While he’€™s been sidelined, Gregory said he’€™s been working with his fellow defensive backs.

‘€œI’€™m in there in meetings and stuff, talking to the guys. We’€™re constantly breaking down film and trying to get better. I’€™m always trying to help the guys out,’€ Gregory said. ‘€œWe just have to play better. We have to make more plays. Obviously, it’€™s a team game. We just have to play better all-around football.’€

The Patriots secondary struggled in Sunday’€™s loss to the Seahawks, as rookie quarterback Russell Wilson — who was at the controls of the second-worst passing offense in the league entering the game against New England — threw for 293 yards in a 24-23 upset of the Patriots.

At the end of the game, with no Gregory or Pat Chung in the game, Wilson went deep down the middle of the field on a long pass for wide receiver Sidney Rice, who had managed to slip behind New England rookie safeties Tavon Wilson and Nate Ebner for what would turn out to the game-winning touchdown.

Gregory was asked about the play of the rookie safeties to this point in the season.

‘€œThey’€™ve been working hard. Those guys work hard every day, trying to get better, trying to understand the game more and more each time they’€™re in there,’€ he said. ‘€œObviously, early in your career, everything is a learning experience. And they’€™re getting plenty of learning experiences now. But they’€™re working really hard at trying to become better football players.’€

Gregory and the rest of the defensive backs are now on to the Jets, who will visit Foxboro Sunday for what has suddenly turned into a key divisional matchup.

‘€œIt’€™s going to be a big week — a division game, a conference game. It’€™s definitely a big game on our schedule, and we have to be ready to go,’€ Gregory said. ‘€œ[We] just [have] to get back to the grindstone. Correct the things that we’€™re not doing so well and try to get better from it. And go get a win. That’€™s the most important thing. At the end of the day, it’€™s wins and losses. We need to do things better to win football games, and that’€™s what we’€™re going to do.’€

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