For former Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees admitted that Sunday's game will be wrought with emotion.
"Its always an emotional day," Peas said Thursday. "Im not going to lie about that and act like its just another game. Its a big game for me. I think I mentioned it once before: Its kind of like when you go out and you play golf against somebody and you want to win, but when you play your brothers, you really want to win. Theres a lot of friends over there on the other sideline, a lot of old colleagues, a lot of players that I coached. So yeah, sure its an emotional game. It always is."
Pees did not seek to renew his contract with the Patriots after the 2010 season. He became the linebackers coach in Baltimore for two years before being named defensive coordinator in January. He said on Thursday that his relationship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick is still very good.
"My relationship with him is great," he said. "We still speak on occasion when were playing a team thats a common opponent and we arent playing each other. In certain years, well discuss things. Its a great relationship. The biggest thing I have taken from him, as Ive taken from all the head coaches, all the head coaches I have worked for, John Harbaugh included, they all have their different ways of doing things, and they are all good. So, what you do is you kind of try to steal a little bit of attention to detail, or whatever it might be, within your personality. You take all those things from every head coach I have been with."
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FOXBORO -- When Dion Lewis wasn't spotted at Wednesday's practice, we had to make it clear when we mentioned his absence: He had only, as far as we knew, missed the start of practice. Though unlikely, there's always the chance a player emerges from the locker room once practice has started and goes through the remaining periods of the workout.
Now that we have the injury report for Wednesday, we know that wasn't the case for Lewis. He did not show up on the report as a limited participant, meaning he didn't participate at all.
There were no surprises on Wednesday's injury report, with nine players listed as limited, including tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle), linebacker Jamie Collins (hip) and receiver Julian Edelman (foot).
For the Bills, running back LeSean McCoy (hamstring) did not participate. Bills coach Rex Ryan explained on Wednesday that McCoy aggravated his hamstring injury against the Dolphins on Sunday, but he did not rule him out for the Patriots game this coming weekend.
Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Bills game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Jamie Collins (hip)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
DL Vincent Valentine (back)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Lorenzo Alexander (non-injury related)
LB Zach Brown (illness)
DT Corbin Bryan (shoulder)
TE Charles Clay (knee)
TE Cordy Glenn (ankle)
WR Marquise Goodwin (concussion)
RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring)
LB Lerentee McCray (knee)
DT Adolphus Washington (illness)
S Aaron Williams (neck)
DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring)
RB Mike Gillislee (foot)
T Seantreal Henderson (back)
LB Jerry Hughes (hand)
G John Miller (shoulder)
WR Robert Woods (foot)