FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots practiced in nasty elements inside Gillette Stadium on Wednesday. Today, they were outside again, this time on the lower practice field behind the stadium.
The outdoors work was planned in advance, as coach Bill Belichick opened the week with the intention of having his players work through whatever the elements had to offer.
The message seems to be that it's late December -- with a home game against Arizona (Dec. 21) and a road finale at Buffalo (Dec. 28) -- so be prepared to play in anything.
"It think it definitely helps," kicker Stephen Gostkowski said. "Whether it's cold, or windy, whatever it is, it's always good to get used to it in practice. It gets your blood thickened up a little bit. It always seems a bit easier in the games because you have those heated benches. It's always good to make it tougher for yourself during the week so it seems easier on game day."
Linebacker Mike Vrabel defied the elements by wearing shorts.