Mayo: Rehab is as taxing as playing

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Mayo: Rehab is as taxing as playing

Jerod Mayo has sat out the last two full games because of the knee injury he suffered Oct. 2 in Oakland.

But, as the Patriots linebacker told Tom E. Curran on Thursday's edition of 'Quick Slants', time missed is not time off.

Rehabbing from an injury takes "a lot of time. You have to put in the same amount of work that you would put in during practice and during film study. You have to put that same time into rehab, getting better. And . . . rest is very important, as well."

The mental aspect can be as challenging as the physical demands, too.

"It is hard," he told Curran. "But at the same time, your teammates are there for you to lean on. A shoulder for you to lean on. And those guys have really been supporting me through this injury."

And so while his teammates enjoy a weekend off in the middle of the season, he's going to continue to work.

"Just stay up here and get better," he responded when Curran asked how he'd spend the bye week. "Just continue to rehab and work with the training staff and things like that."

Patriots re-sign 2016 practice-squad receiver DeAndrew White

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Patriots re-sign 2016 practice-squad receiver DeAndrew White

The Patriots announced today that they re-signed receiver DeAndrew White to help fill out their 90-man roster. White was a staple on New England's practice squad in 2016, signing on in mid-September and remaining with the club through its Super Bowl run.

Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama in 2015, White made the 49ers roster out of training camp and played in four games, finishing with two catches for 18 yards. The 6-foot, 192-pounder also returned six kicks for 142 yards and returned one punt for 4 yards that year. 

The Patriots are as deep at receiver as they've ever been, it seems. White will slot in on the depth chart behind Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola. The team has a handful of long-shots at the position who could be ultimately competing for a shot to make the practice squad, including second-year player Devin Lucien and undrafted rookies Austin Carr and Cody Hollister.