FOXBOROUGH -- Safety Rodney Harrison drew a large crowd in the locker room today, making his first appearance during the media-access period since returning from his four-game suspension.
Some of the Q&A:
What does it mean to come back?
"It seemed like a long four weeks. You have the kids, playing with the kids, spending time with my wife, watching a lot of football. I'm just glad to be back."
What are your thoughts on the team's performance?
"They've been tremendous. Preparation, all the hard work they put in in the offseason -- training camp, minicamp, it's really paid off. Just really looking forward to adding to this team and being a part of it again."
What are your teammates saying to you?
"Just glad to have me back. Just good to have me around. Basically that's it."
What has your workout routine been?
"I've been working out twice a day, pretty much did everything from on-the-field work, to weight room, to my usual yoga and pilates. Doing a lot of different things I do in order to stay in shape for training camp. I'm ready to go. It's just a matter of getting out there and getting that experience."
How much did you talk to guys here while you were out?
"I talked to several players. They were supportive of me, encouraging, and very positive. That's what it's about. I told them to just continue to focus on football, don't worry about me, I'm fine."
Once you get out there and practice this week, do you think you can play Sunday or will it take more time?
"Whatever [Coach Belichick] decides. If he wants me out there, I'll be ready. If he doesn't, that's on him. I'm always ready to play football."
What do you think about the job James Sanders has done?
"James has basically been subbing in for me the last couple of years. He's a good consistent player who works extremely hard. Very smart football player who is always going to be in the right place. Just a great guy to have on your team."
You made your statement when the suspension was handed down. Do you have anything to add to that?
"No. Today is a day I'm really focusing on Cleveland and all the weapons and doing the things I have to do, getting caught up with the game-plan, and things of that sort. There is really no reason for me to continue to elaborate on the past. I think the last month, you guys have said enough. I said what I felt. I'm a better man because of it. I'm a better person. Hopefully I'll be a better football player. I just look forward to getting my life and everything back on track. Just moving forward."
Have the attacks on you been fair? Have they been hurtful?
"I think initially any time someone attacks your character, of course, you get a little defensive. I understand totally. You guys have the right to what you say and what you feel. You have a job to do and I respect that. I've always respected that. It's just up to me to become better, a better person, to learn from it, and try to be an example, to tell young people 'don't make bad decisions. When you make a bad decision, it will have long-term effects on you.' I think that's the important message to get across, and not make similar mistakes like that again. Like I said, I'm just looking forward to getting back, being positive, and just smiling."
When we make mistakes, we often say 'if we knew then what we know now' that maybe we wouldn't have made the decision. Going back to your decision, what is it now that you feel or know that maybe is different than you were thinking at that time?
"Don't make bad decisions. That's it. Like I said before, whatever decision you make in your life, it is going to have consequences, good and bad. That's it. The important thing is that you learn from it, that you continue to grow, and hopefully you don't make similar mistakes like that or decisions like that. That's just something that you try to learn and grow from, and become better because of it."
What was your thought process at the time? Can you elaborate on that?
"No, I'm not going to elaborate on that. I'm facing Cleveland, I have Kellen Winslow Jr. I have to deal with, that we have to deal with, as well as as Braylon Edwards and Jamal Lewis. That's really what I'm focusing on. I just don't want to keep dwelling on the past. That's something for you guys to continue to do but I'm looking forward to being here with my teammates, I'm looking forward to helping this team get to 5-0, and I'm looking forward to my future."