Belichick says Haynesworth's 'worked hard'


Belichick says Haynesworth's 'worked hard'

By Danny Picard Follow @dannypicard

FOXBORO -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Patriots got back to work Tuesday afternoon aftertaking Monday off. Prior to the team taking the practice field, coach BillBelichick gave his first reaction to seeing defensive lineman Albert Haynesworthsfirst practice with the team, which was on Sunday.

Alberts worked hard, said Belichick. Its coming. Wehave a long way to go. So just take it day by day. But I think hes doingfine.

Belichick defended the acquisition of the headline-grabbinglineman, saying the Patriots wouldnt have signed Haynesowrth if they thoughtit wasnt going to work out.

Not speaking on any particular player, I think as Ive saidmany times, anytime you bring a person into your organization, you have to feelcomfortable doing that, said Belichick. And that encompasses a lot ofdifferent things.

In the end, you go through the process, you gain anyinformation that you can acquire, through whatever the sources are, and youevaluate the player, evaluate your team, evaluate the situation. And if youdecide to bring that player onto your team, then you do that with theexpectations that it will work out.

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Report: Amendola has high ankle sprain, may be out until playoffs

Report: Amendola has high ankle sprain, may be out until playoffs

The Patriots lost another offensive weapon when, days after Rob Gronkowski underwent season-ending back surgery, Danny Amendola hobbled off the field with a foot injury in New England's 26-10 win over the Rams on Sunday.

On Monday morning, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported the extent of the injury:

Amendola's absence creates an immediate issue on special teams, but also thins the wide-receiver corps as the team heads down the final stretch and attempts to secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Rawls leads Seahawks to 40-7 rout of Panthers


SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Rawls leads Seahawks to 40-7 rout of Panthers

SEATTLE - Behind Thomas Rawls bouncing off and through tacklers and a big-play punch from Tyler Lockett, the Seattle Seahawks rediscovered their offensive star power on Sunday night.

It came at a significant cost to their defense.

Rawls ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, Lockett took a reverse 75 yards for a score to open the second half and the Seahawks routed the Carolina Panthers 40-7 on Sunday night.

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