Head coach of the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick will hope he has his best players ready to play against the Pittsburg Steelers when the Patriots travel to play at Heinz Field this Sunday. Patriots arrive after enjoying a bye week and before defeating the Dallas Cowboys by 20-16.
The Patriots, who are 5-1 so far, have been fortunate enough avoid major injuries in their squad. Belichick is expecting linebacker, Jerod Mayo return to the squad this week. Belichick, who has been observing him practice in the last couple of practices said, “Jerod is definitely getting better. He works hard, as he always does.”
Belichick continued, “We had a few days away from here, so he's gotten an opportunity to get some more healing and treatment. We'll see where he is when we get out on the field this week. He's certainly making progress and it will be great to have him back out there whenever that happens.”
Offensive tackle, Sebastian Vollmer is another player expected to join the active roster before the end of the week. If Vollmer does comeback this week, his fate might be similar to Nate Solder, who came in as a third tight end.
Belichick explained, “I'll give you the same answer I give you every week on the same question, just change the name. We'll put them out there, we'll see what they can do. If they're ready to practice, we'll evaluate them. If they're not, then we'll do some more rehab and try it again at the next opportunity we get and see where they are at that point. That‘s the way it is with any player who is not able to fully participate.”
Belichick added, “You keep ramping them until they are and then when they are, you evaluate what they can do and how well and for how long they can do it. Until then, you rehabilitate their injury and work to get them back out there as soon as possible. We haven't practiced in a few days; we'll see what happens when we go back out on the field tomorrow. I really don't know what that's going to be.”
The following is the Patriots injury list after NFL Week 6: