Wyche: Inside "The Patriot Way"
Things operate a little differently in New England, and Steve Wyche explains how Pats' hodgepodge secondary embodies what the franchise is all about. More ...
"It's definitely tough," Gronkowski admitted Thursday morning. "You want to be out there with your teammates practicing, grinding. I know they're grinding out there, working hard, and that's what's so great. They all motivate you to work harder while you're out there practicing, and it's the final week. You want to be out there with your team. You want to feel like you're part of the team."
When asked about his return to the practice field, Gronkowski was vague, saying, "Possibly today, possibly tomorrow, possibly not all week."
"My mindset is that I'm going to play. Whose wouldn't be? It's the Super Bowl," Gronkowski said. "You want to be out there with the team, and I'm anxious to get out there. I'm anxious to even get a practice in and we're just taking it day by day, so when it does come to game time, I'm in the best position to play if I can."
"That's something you deal with all year," Belichick said. "There are a lot of times where not every player is out there for every practice or able to participate in every practice. You do what you can do, and we'll just see how it goes. We'll take it day to day."
"I'm feeling better, a little stuffed up, but I'll be all right," Vollmer said. "I think that flu, or whatever it was, won't be an issue. You kind of play the cards that you're dealt. It's not something you can choose and can only control to a certain degree, so you just deal with it as it comes."
"It's not quite what it's going to be like during the game, but at least you get a sense of trying to restart, get back out there and get used to doing those things," Light said. "I thought that the guys responded pretty well. We've got some things we need to work on and still fine-tune, but I thought it gave a pretty good idea of what it's going to look like Sunday."