SAN JOSE -- The Boston Globe's Christopher L. Gasper reports that a consistent theme was voiced among Patriots players today at San Jose State -- they want Matt Cassel to know he's in their thoughts.
"Matt knows his teammates always have his back," defensive lineman Richard Seymour said. "It's a tough situation and we wish him and his family the best. It's a personal issue for him. It's a part of life. That's one thing that is going to happen to all of us someday. It's a tough situation. I don't think you're ever pretty prepared for it. We support him and his family in all that they go through for him."
Seymour said he saw Cassel at breakfast this morning, before Cassel left the team to join his family.
Meanwhile, running back Sammy Morris said: "Matt is a more than just a teammate to me. His loss is our loss."
And linebacker Junior Seau, who joined the team Friday, spoke on behalf of many when he said: "Our condolences go out to Matt and his family. Obviously, it's a tragic time, a family crisis, which he's going to go through. When he comes back we'll have open arms for him."
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