|Steve Gregory is ‘real anxious’ to return this week against the Bills||11.07.12 at 2:46 pm ET|
FOXBORO — There would be some real symmetry if safety Steve Gregory returned to game action this week against the Bills at Gillette Stadium.
It was against those same Bills he injured his hip on Sept. 30 at Ralph Wilson Stadium and hasn’t played since. Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung (also injured) and rookies Tavon Wilson and Nate Ebner have been among those to pick up the slack in his absence, with widely varying degrees of success.
Gregory returned to practice last Thursday before the bye when the team was in full pads and is again on the practice field this week, including Wednesday’s practice inside the field house.
Will he finally make it back this weekend?
“Yeah, I mean I’m out there practicing right now, trying to definitely get back in the swing of things,” Gregory said Wednesday before hedging his bets. “We’ll see how it goes.”
For Gregory, it’s been hard to watch as his secondary teammates have been attacked in the media and in the air by opposing quarterbacks. He knows he could provide some stability on the back end with a healthy return.
“[I'm] real anxious,” Gregory said. “It’s not fun to sit on the couch and watch the guys out there playing, so I’m real anxious to get out there and play.”
But the extended rest has been necessary. He’s said before that the biggest mistake he could make is to rush back before he’s 100-percent and experience some sort of setback.
“Anytime you have an injury, time heals,” Gregory added. “The more time you have to heal and the bye week coming in there, gives you an extra week or really two weeks, the healing process is helped out.”
In Gregory’s mind, New England’s week off couldn’t have come at a better time.
“Anytime you have any injury, time heals,” he said. “The more time you have to heal . . . bye week coming in there and giving an extra week, really two weeks. The healing process helped out.”
So with the bye out of the way, Gregory feels confident in tackling the second half of the season.
“It’s important,” Gregory said. “The season can be a grind. You go through camp, then you go through the preseason, and you’re kind of eight weeks into it now. It’s good for the guys to get away, get their minds off things a little bit, see it from an outside perspective.
“But now, definitely, put that behind you. You had your time off. Get back to work and get this thing going. Vacation’s over.”
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