After giving his players the weekend off, Bill Belichick and the Patriots are back at work today, and Belichick was back at the podium for a press conference.
Some bits from the presser:
* Belichick opened by mentioning Ty Warren and Nick Kaczur and their prolonged absences, though he didn’t shed much light on either. “Both have missed a number of practices, they’re being evaluated by the medical staff, and we’ll see what comes of that. Otherwise I’d say everyone is in day to day situation,” he said.
* Safety Josh Barrett, whom the Pats claimed off waivers on Friday from Denver, will still undergo surgery for a shoulder problem, but Belichick did not know how long he will be out of commission. The Broncos had placed Barrett, a special-teams standout, on waivers to get him through and then place him on their injured reserve but the Pats put in a claim on him.
* There is no update on the Derrick Burgess saga. “I don’t have an update. I don’t have a crystal ball either,” Belichick quipped.
* Belichick was asked several questions about the upcoming practices with the Saints and how they’ll be structured. He said that the teams will spend the first third of each practice working separately on their own warm-ups, position drills, etc., and then will come together after that. It did not sound as though the teams will be live tackling.