Belichick praises efforts of oft-absent Armstead

Belichick praises efforts of oft-absent Armstead
June 17, 2014, 11:15 am
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FOXBORO -- The elusive Armond Armstead. The media hasn’t seen him since the first OTA session we were allowed to attend. That, on the heels of a 2013 season that Armstead lost because of a still-undocumented infection, makes it easy to wonder if the former CFL standout will be more than a name on the page for the team.

Tuesday, Bill Belichick noted the rough ride Armstead’s had, saying, “Armond has really worked hard. He’s had a lot of adversity personally that he’s had to deal with – unusual compared to most other players – but he’s always had a great attitude, worked hard and really done everything we’ve asked him to do.”

Belichick was evasive when asked for specifics about Armstead’s return (Get me to the fainting couch!).

Between the heart attack Armstead suffered while at USC and the infection last season, the 23-year-old has had a lifetime’s share of medical issues. That the Patriots and Belichick stick with him speaks to the 6-5, 305-pounder’s potential and the fact they believe Armstead is a person worth betting on.