FOXBOROUGH -- Linebacker Derrick Burgess said he has been home in Mississippi dealing with family matters and not contemplating retirement while he has been away from Foxborough.
Burgess returned to the Patriots on Friday and passed his physical, allowing him to participate today in the team's first practice since its preseason win against New Orleans on Thursday.
"I just had a personal situation going on," Burgess said. "I had to take time to take care of, and me and Bill [talked] about it, and he just told me to take my time and get my stuff together."
Burgess is in his second season with the Patriots and entering the 10th NFL season of his career. The 32-year old said he was in contact with Belichick and he is committed to playing football.
"No reservations," Burgess said. "I'm happy to be here. I'm glad they allowed me to come back after taking care of my personal business."