Steve Gregory still ‘day-to-day’ as he continues to work back from hip injury
|10.16.12 at 5:00 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Patriots safety Steve Gregory, who has missed the last two weeks because of a hip injury, said Tuesday afternoon he’s still ‘day-to-day.’
‘[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. ‘You 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 ‘hopeful’ he could return this week, Gregory shrugged.
‘Don’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. ‘I 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.
‘I’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. ‘We 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.
‘They’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. ‘Obviously, 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.
‘It’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. ‘[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.’