Belichick in midseason form at second presser

Belichick in midseason form at second presser
July 26, 2013, 10:00 am
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Bill Belichick says lack of offseason practice time may be leading to more injuries.

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FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick was free to focus on football in his second press conference this week.

"Treadmill's moving; we're going to jump on and start running," the Patriots coach said of training camp's open. "It's going to be moving fast. We've got a lot of ground to cover. I've already emphasized to the players how important it is that we keep up, not fall behind. We've got a lot of work to do in a short amount of time to get ready for our competitive practices and preseason games that are coming up. And the season's right behind it."

Thursday's media meet was spent addressing and digesting Aaron Hernandez's arrest on murder charges. The unspoken expectation was that, after one good purge with reporters, New England could move on to the 2013 season.

Was it the same situation internally?

"There's always a lot of things you have to do at the beginning of camp and this year is no different than any other year," he sighed. "It's bringing a lot of people together for a long process in camp. We have a lot of work to do. There's a lot of things to talk about just to get organized."

Belichick avoided specifics on nearly every question that followed.

Any timeline on tight end Rob Gronkowski's return from forearm and back surgeries? "Nope. I can't predict what's going to happen with rehabilitations or injuries."

Are you committed to using Tim Tebow strictly as a quarterback? "I think that we'll use Tim wherever we feel like he's best for the team. And I know that's what he's committed to doing as well -- whatever that is."

Is Alfonzo Dennard, who was arrested July 11 for suspicion of DUI, able to participate in camp? "Our roster's at 90 players. We're full. They're all active. They'll all be participating."

At least one member of the Patriots is in midseason form.