FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots begin minicamp Tuesday and one of the questions continuing to swirl around the team is the whereabouts of their mysterious defensive lineman, Armond Armstead.
The team had signed Armstead last offseason from the Canadian Football League before he was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list after undergoing a procedure to combat an unidentified infection. Armstead, who went to the University of Southern California, had also suffered a heart attack in college that preceded his move to the CFL, where Belichick poached the prized player. (He has a lawsuit pending on the painkillers he was given at USC that caused his heart attack.)
But the 6-5, 305-pounder has yet to fully participate in a team practice this offseason. Belichick was asked what the team had learned about Armstead in the year since he’s been with the Patriots and if he could be expected to participate in minicamp.
“Armond has really worked hard,” he said. “He has had a lot of adversity, personally, that he’s had to deal with, unusual compared to most other players. But he’s always got a great attitude. He’s worked hard. He’s done everything that we’ve asked him to do.”
As far as getting on the field this week, Belichick said “we’ll see how it goes.”