Despite injury talk, Patriots looking pretty healthy

Lions rookie RB?Mikel Leshoure is just one of the players
who will miss the season after tearing his Achilles tendon.

There’s been plenty of talk around the NFL in recent days about the lockout’s potential effects on player health.

Ten NFL players have suffered Achilles tendon tears since the start of camp — striking, since The New York Times reported just nine players tore theirs in the entire 2010 preseason.

But while instances of some injuries around the league appear to be up, the Patriots have been fortunate so far. New England hasn’t reported any major injuries.

Is that a result of erring on the side of caution following an offseason in which players didn’t have access to team staff? Coach Bill Belichick said no; the Pats aren’t doing much differently in terms of making sure players are ready to go.

“We’re doing what we always do,” he said. “Just give the players the best treatment we possibly can. When they’re ready to participate, then we let them participate at that level, whatever that level happens to be. Those are daily decisions.”

New England’s health, of course, isn’t perfect. Albert Haynesworth and Shaun Ellis are “day to day,” Belichick said.



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