Patriots' Taylor improving, but return is 'unpredictable'

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Patriots' Taylor improving, but return is 'unpredictable'

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO -- Veteran running back Fred Taylor was once again among the missing at Patriots' practice on Friday at Gillette Stadium. He was one of three players that weren't present; safety Jarrad Page (left calf) and practice squad receiver Darnell Jenkins were the other two.

Taylor (toe) hasn't played since Week 3 against Buffalo. Belichick said Friday that Taylor is improving but, like all injuries and illnesses, his complete improvement is unpredictable.

"Fred's definitely making progress," said Belichick. "He's a lot further along this week than he was last week. Last week was definitely ahead of the week before. It took him a little while there, to kind of just get going, but now that he's back doing things, he's made good progress.

"It's no different than any other situation. When a player has an injury, you rehab the injury, until the injury is at a point where he can begin activity. Once he begins activity, and there's no setbacks, then you increase the level of activity until the player's ready to participate in the main stream with the rest of the team.

"It's very unpredictable, just like all of us when we don't feel well," added Belichick. "We want to feel better, and sometimes you feel better the next day. Sometimes it takes two days, sometimes it's a week, sometimes it's two weeks."

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