FOXBORO -- Cornerback Aqib Talib was limited at practice for the second straight day on Thursday, as the Patriots prepare for their regular-season finale against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.
Talib has been nursing a hip injury, and saw minimal action in Sunday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, he believes he's improving.
"Definitely getting better," said Talib after Thursday's practice. "Working every day trying to get better. And we'll see what happens."
Whether or not Bill Belichick saves him for the playoffs remains to be seen. But Talib's presence in New England's secondary has been one of the keys to the Patriots' defensive improvements in the second half of the season. And with a first-round bye still a possibility, the Patriots sure could use him Sunday against the Dolphins.
And right now, Talib is letting everyone know what his mindset is, as he tries to get healthy enough to play an entire game again.
"Mindset is to win! Of course. It's a game," said Talib. "I mean, we're putting on helmets, shoulder pads. You know what I'm saying? Seventy-thousand, or whatever's going to be there. The mindset is to definitely win the game."
Win or lose, the Patriots are going to the playoffs, which is a place Talib never went in his four-plus years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With that in mind, Talib was asked to compare Tampa Bay with New England, on Thursday. His response was straight to the point.
"Oh there's a ton of differences," said Talib. "I'm not going to get into the specifics of it, but there's a ton of differences. You can see the difference. You look at the records, you'll see the difference."