Bill on Seymour
FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick held his Thursday press conference (10:50 a.m.) and was asked how DL Richard Seymour looked at his first practice.
"It was one practice," he said. "It's a start."
Belichick was asked how he feels the defensive line has performed in Seymour's absence.
"I've seen a lot worse. I don't think it's perfect but we've been competitively defensively," he responded. "There are some plays we'd all like to have back, one way or another, as a total defense or individual player, or whatever. There have been some other positive plays. I think the most important thing is to keep working to get better and move forward and do everything we can to play better team defense."
Asked if Seymour's return to practice means he's 100 percent, and if he's on the same level as other players, Belichick said: "We have guys who have been out at practice for over 60 practices, 70 practices. To think that a guy could not practice and have his teammates to be out there for three months, 70 practices, and think everything is equal, really, if that was the case what is the point of having those 70 practices. That being said, I think when a player comes back it's because we think he's ready to start practicing and competing at the level we're doing things. ..."