Patriots Injury Update / Quick Hits

--FB Larry Centers was given an injury settlement upon his release over the weekend, but if he clears waivers, he could return. Belichick did not rule out that possibility. "Hopefully, he'll be back," Belichick said. Centers remains tied for third on the team with 17 receptions.

--CB Ty Law sat out his first game of the season in Miami. He worked out before the game, but couldn't go. Belichick declared him day-to-day. A report in the Boston Globe said that Law visited personal physicians and will have a cast on his ankle this week although that wasn't the case when he walked out of Pro Player Stadium on Sunday without the aid of crutches or any immobilization device. He may have missed the game with a rib injury that cropped up late last week and first appeared on injury report on Thursday.

--RT Kenyatta Jones is expected to start his 21-day practice period this week as he works toward getting off the physically unable to perform list. The Patriots need some depth at tackle since Adrian Klemm was moved to injured reserve, so Jones is likely to be activated this week.

--Linebacker Tully Banta-Cain began practicing last week, was active and played in Miami where he made one special teams tackle and took a few snaps on defense.

Quick Hits

  • PK Adam Vinatieri made both of his field attempts Sunday, from 25 and 30 yards, as he tries to get back into a groove. But it was his kickoffs that showed noticeable improvement Sunday in Miami. He hit two into the end zone, a rarity for Vinatieri. "His kickoffs have never been bad," Belichick said, "but they are better. They all had over four second hang time (Sunday) and our coverage has improved as well." Hang time is an underrated aspect of kickoffs since most people tend to look solely at distance.
  • Punter Ken Walter remains inconsistent. He hit a 21-yard punt from his 30 that gave Miami excellent field position on one of its three scoring drives. But he boomed a high 45-yarder in the fourth quarter that wasn't returned and he pinned Miami on its 10-yard line late in the game as well. Miami's kick and punt coverage did a solid job limiting big-play returners Bethel Johnson and Troy Brown.
  • DT Richard Seymour continues to elevate his game and is emerging into one of the league's best defensive linemen. All he did Sunday in Miami was make four tackles, deflect another pass and block another field goal, this one a 35-yard game-winning attempt near the end of regulation. "He's playing with better pad level and better leverage," Belichick said. "He continues to improve and is one of the better defensive linemen in the league." His blocked field goal came one week after he partially blocked a 49-yarder against the Giants.

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