Gregory still day-to-day

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Gregory still day-to-day

FOXBORO -- Patriots safety Steve Gregory caught up with reporters Tuesday. It was the first time he's been available since suffering a hip injury Week 4, which could be a positive sign of progress.
"I'm just going day-to-day, doing what the trainers ask of me. Trying to get better. That's pretty much it," he said.
However obvious it may be, Gregory couldn't help but admit he hates being sidelined.
"You never want to be hurt and not playing. As a competitor you want to be in there helping your team. The only thing I can focus on right now is getting healthy."
In the meantime he's staying involved by going to meetings, breaking down film, and constantly communicating with his teammates.
"I can't wait to play," he said in a burst of enthusiasm.
The Patriots have to feel the same.
When safety Patrick Chung left Sunday night's game against Seattle, the team was left with two rookies -- Tavon Wilson and Nate Ebner -- as its last line of defense. As if to confirm New England's greatest fears, the Seahawks won the game on a sprawling 46-yard touchdown reception with 1:18 left to play.
But Gregory isn't taking the pressure personally. He can't.
"You can't rush back because then you'll just give yourself a setback," he said. "I want to make sure I'm 100 percent healthy before I return."

Belichick: Patriots play to win in preseason...kind of

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Belichick: Patriots play to win in preseason...kind of

When you check out the Patriots-Panthers game notes on Patriots.com, the lead bullet point is one of the least interesting: "The New England Patriots are off to a 3-0 start in the preseason for the sixth time in team history . . . and for the second time under Bill Belichick."

Belichick and the Patriots went undefeated in preseason play back in 2003. One of the best teams in Patriots history, that group went on to win the franchise's second Super Bowl in three years. 

It's the preseason, though, so who cares about wins and losses? Well, Belichick does. During a conference call on Saturday he was asked if it was a big deal for him and his team to be winning these preseason games, and he responded by explaining his approach to exhibition football.

"I think what we tell our players and coaches is that we’re going to coach and play to win," he said. "We’re obviously not going to pull out all the stops in terms of every trick play we’ve ever used or things like that, but whatever the situation calls for, we’re going to play it as competitively as we can play it given the limitations that we have and based on the amount of experience our players have in the game at that certain point and what we’ve been able to cover."

It makes sense. Obviously teams don't want to reveal any surprise sets they may have saved for the regular season. And coaches aren't going to get exotic with their defensive calls or their offensive formations at this time of year. What basic plays they do run, however, they would like to execute successfully.

"We haven’t covered every single thing that we would want to cover or hope to cover to start the season, especially situational football, but as far as competing and playing, we’re doing everything we can to win," Belichick added. "But within the context of doing what we’re capable of doing right now. We’re trying to win, we’re trying to do everything as well as we can do it, but not pulling out all the stops in terms of playing time, strategizing and so forth that we would do in the regular season."

Bryan Stork: 'Nothing but great memories' with Patriots

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Bryan Stork: 'Nothing but great memories' with Patriots

After being traded to the Washington Redskins this week, former Patriots center Bryan Stork broke his 35-day Twitter silence to say farewell to New England.

For those who are wondering, the acronym "HTTR" stands for "Hail to the Redskins," the team's fight song. #HTTR is used by the team and fans on social media.

Stork was reportedly mulling retirement after being dealt, but has decided to report. 

The Patriots informed Stork of his release early Wednesday, but the Patriots and Redskins were able to work out a deal for a conditional 2017 seventh-round pick before the move was processed.

Ratto: Kaepernick controversy touches on hot-button issues in an ugly political year

Ratto: Kaepernick controversy touches on hot-button issues in an ugly political year

Ray Ratto joins Chevrolet SportsNet Central to discuss Colin Kaepernick's decision to not stand during the national anthem before the San Francisco 49ers preseason game.