FOXBORO -- With all the injuries suffered by Patriots players, and the consequent roster shuffling, Bill Belichick has been regularly prodded for health updates in his press conferences. The head coach touched on a number of topics Wednesday.
On the signing of DE Andre Carter...
BB: "We have a lot of respect for Andre. He's a hardworking guy who's given us great leadership in the past. He was a good teammate. I mean, everybody loves Andre. In the end it still comes down to performance on the field and all that, so we'll see."
Carter was out at Wednesday's full-pads practice, wearing No. 96.
On RB Shane Vereen...
BB: "He's really in the day-to-day category. We'll take it as it comes with him. He's obviously rehabbing with the trainers. He can do some running, but his involvement with the team at this particular time isn't there yet. But I don't think it's too far off. Whether that's today, tomorrow, or next week, or whatever it is. We'll obviously be in compliance with the rules on that."
Vereen broke a bone on his wrist Week 1 and was placed on IR-designated for return on September 10. Players on short-term injured reserve can practice after six weeks and return to game action after eight weeks. Because the Patriots have a bye in Week 10, Vereen wouldn't be eligible to play until November 18's matchup against Carolina.
On reserve players DE Armond Armstead (illness) and WR Mark Harrison (non-football injury)...
BB: "There's no transition on those guys, or no change on their status."
Last week, New England opened a three-week window to activate both players. At the end of that time frame, the team must decide to either place the players on injured reserve, release them, or get them on the practice field. Another clock starts if the players return to practice. The Patriots will once again have three weeks to either add the players to the 53-man roster or place them on injured reserve.