- Drones from the deep: Pentagon develops ocean-floor attack robots
- Michigan mayor slaps back atheists’ try to erect ‘reason station’ at city hall
- PHILLIPS: Where is the conservative establishment?
- 7.5-magnitude earthquake shakes southern Mexico
- ISTOOK: IRS “wants to throw us in jail,” says tea party leader
- Easter woes: Chocolate costs soar, becoming ‘unaffordable’ luxury
- Michaels craft chain confirms hackers hit 3M customers
- Special Forces’ suicide rates hit record levels — casualties of ‘hard combat’
- Many Americans would quickly face financial hardship after losing job, poll shows
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford thanks supporters at re-election campaign bash
Burgess practices with Patriots
FOXBOROUGH, MASS. (AP) - The New England Patriots‘ once-muddled linebacking situation is starting to clear.
Linebacker Derrick Burgess was reinstated Friday to the active roster from the reserve-did not report list after being missing since the start of training camp. After passing a physical and conditioning test, he practiced for the first time with the team Sunday.
Burgess a veteran of nine NFL seasons, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract in May, attributed his absence to personal reasons. There had been speculation he might retire, but Burgess didn’t mention that.
“I had to take care of my family business before I could report,” he said.
“I’m happy to be here,” Burgess said after reiterating the reason for his absence was family related.
Burgess said he was “a little rusty” in his first practice back, but that he felt good.
He said he wasn’t sure how long it would take him to get back and see game action. “I’ll work hard at it and take it day by day.”
“It’s a team sport,” he said. “All I can do is help the team.”
Burgess said his absence had nothing to do with the grind of the two-a-day practices of an NFL training camp.
“It wasn’t like I was just missing camp,” he said. “I had too much on my mind and things to take care of. It was a relief when I was done with it and was able to come to camp.”
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday the circumstances behind Burgess‘ decision to report were “personal conversations” between him and the player and that things changed when he reported Friday morning and passed his physical and conditioning test.
Belichick, when asked if he was convinced Burgess is committed to playing football for the entire season, said “Well, I’m glad he’s here.”
Burgess, who played in 16 games last season with six starts and had 35 total tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, was viewed as a bit of a disappointment in his first year with the Pats.
- Harry Reid blasts Bundy ranch supporters as 'domestic terrorists'
- Immigration still on hold: Boehner's office
- Inside China: Marine's comment on islands draws sharp Chinese response
- Supreme Court weighs appeal to concealed-carry gun laws
- PRUDEN: When a bored president just 'mails it in'
- Army goes to war with National Guard, seizes Apache attack helicopters
- With pot and e-cigarettes, Big Tobacco is just waiting to inhale emerging markets
- Hillary swoons at admitted illegal immigrant: 'Wow,' you're 'incredibly brave'
- Jews being told to register in Ukraine: John Kerry
- Prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ferry captain in South Korea
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.