FOXBOROUGH — Patriots defensive lineman Ron Brace doesn’t know how he fared in his first official day of practice today, but he was happy to finally be on the field.
“It feels really good,” Brace said. “Words can’t describe it. I’m just happy to be back out here working. Trying to catch up with these guys, working forward, trying to get ready for Atlanta.”
Brace began camp on the non-football injury list after he failed his physical. He received the green light to return to practice and could not have come back at a better time as the Patriots placed defensive end Ty Warren on the injured-reserve list on Friday, ending Warren’s season.
Brace took some reps at left defensive end today at practice but the second-year player said he is not partial to one position.
“I say I’m basically whatever they want me to be,” Brace said. “Any day I could be at left end, one day I could be nose, one day I could be at right end. I’ve just got to be ready for every position on that line.”
While Brace was out he said he spent most of his time studying the playbook. While his teammates practiced, he also could be seen participating in individual workouts on the sidelines.
“It’s hard any time a football player has to sit down and watch those other players practice,” Brace said. “But I’m back out here working, getting ready for this week coming up this, we’ve got a big game against Atlanta, another chance to get ready for the season.”