Belichick: Gallery retirement means opportunity for others


Belichick: Gallery retirement means opportunity for others

FOXBORO -- Robert Gallery retired on Saturday while in the middle of Patriots training camp. On Sunday, Bill Belichick had nothing but good things to say about the veteran offensive lineman. And as usual, one player leaving camp means an opening for another.

"Unfortunately, if one player goes out, then it creates an opportunity for somebody else," said Belichick before Sunday's session. "That's what there'll be, opportunities for other players.

"I've talked to Robert several times in the last few days," added Belichick. "He made that decision. I respect it. He's a good player, had a good career. I'm sorry it didn't work out this year. But I understand it. We'll just move on. He worked hard while he was here. He did everything we asked him to do."

Report: Patriots RB Lewis expected to return to practice this week


Report: Patriots RB Lewis expected to return to practice this week

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will have a familiar face back on the practice field, it appears. 

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, running back Dion Lewis is expected to begin practicing this week. Lewis has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of the regular season. 

Lewis tore his ACL in a Week 9 win over the Redskins last season, landing him on season-ending injured reserve. He was able to participate on a limited basis during OTAs but then experienced a setback that required surgery before the start of the season. 

Once Lewis hits the practice field, the Patriots have a three-week window to place him on the active roster. The team currently has an open roster spot and could, in theory, activate him as early as this week. 

When healthy last season, Lewis as a dynamic all-purpose back whose quickness allowed him to make defenders miss both in tight spaces between the tackles and in the open field as a receiver. The Patriots have used James White as their primary sub back in Lewis' absence, and he's on pace for a career year, with 27 receptions for 244 yards and three touchdowns.