The New England Patriots are closer to reaping the benefits of having another all-pro caliber linebacker on the field again. For the first time in nearly a year, Rosevelt Colvin was able to suit up and take part in practice with the team.
Colvin, a free agent signee from the Chicago Bears, was hurt in the beginning of the 2003 season and hasn't been able to play since September of last year. He was signed by the Patriots to a lucrative six year, $25 million deal, as a way to bolster the teams linebacking corp., and was considered one of the more attractive free agents on the market at the time.
Head Coach Bill Belichick commented on Colvin's return;
"He is about where I thought he would be. We will see. He has been coming along. He has worked hard. He has made some steady progress. He is not there yet, but hopefully we will continue to make strides in that direction."
When asked if he will be available for the pre-season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, Belichick responded, " I don't know. We will just take it day-to-day."
Heading to the injury list is the player on today's headline, WR P.K. Sam. Sam, was injured during team drills in the evening practice at the stadium. He was working on running routes with the QBs. Sam ended up coming up hobbling after trying to chase down a deep ball. From various accounts, Sam tried to make his way back to the side, but was in too much pain and clung to his leg in the area of the hamstring. He had to be helped off the field and back into the locker room.
We'll see how bad the injury is in the next day or so. There is no official status of the injury available at this time.
Other players not participating in team drills for the evening practice were:
DE Richard Seymour, LB Ted Johnson, OL Tim Provost, OL Tom Ashworth, OL Matt Light, DB Christian Morton, dB Randall Gay, dB Je'Rod Cherry, WR Bethel Johnson, WR David Givens, RB Kevin Faulk, QB Jim Miller, and LS Lonie Paxton,
Practice went as normal today with squads breaking out into regular position drills. The obligatory stretching and wind sprints, and The more interesting team drills.
The team will continue to work on honing their skills as they prepare for their upcoming pre-season game against Philadelphia on Friday night at Gillette stadium. The season opens for the Patriots against their divisional playoff opponent form last year, The Indianapolis Colts.