June 19, 2024


“As a lot as we’d wish to work in opposition to them, simply tried to stability the scenario. There was various issues concerned.”

Invoice Belichick. AP Photograph/Matt Ludtke
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Patriots cornerback Isaiah Bolden is in good spirits after being launched from the hospital and flying again to Massachusetts with the group, coach Bill Belichick told reporters on Monday.

However, the pinnacle damage Bolden sustained on Saturday evening was a scary one which pressured New England’s preseason recreation in opposition to Inexperienced Bay to finish with greater than 10 minutes remaining within the fourth quarter.

As a substitute of flying to Nashville for joint practices, the Patriots determined to regroup and observe in Foxborough this week earlier than taking part in their third and ultimate preseason recreation on Friday evening.

“It simply felt like after the sport, you understand, we had just a little little bit of time there within the locker room to only sort of have a look at the scenario and made the choice that the very best factor for the group can be to come back again right here and never go to Tennessee,” Belichick mentioned. “It was a tough resolution. As a lot as we’d wish to work in opposition to them, simply tried to stability the scenario. There was various issues concerned.”

Bolden spent the evening at a Inexperienced Bay hospital earlier than returning dwelling with the group on Sunday. Based on NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Bolden suffered a concussion and wakened with a headache, however is doing nicely in any other case.

Belichick praised the group’s medical workers for his or her dealing with of the scenario.

Whereas the collision with teammate Calvin Munson left Bolden immobile on the sphere, medical personnel labored shortly to get the rookie cornerback loaded immobilized and loaded onto a stretcher.

“I simply thought that these guys actually did a terrific job with dealing with a really critical scenario shortly, effectively, and with the experience that all of them have,” mentioned Belichick.

The Patriots are scheduled to observe in Foxborough on Tuesday and Wednesday earlier than touring to Tennessee on Thursday and wrapping up the preseason with a recreation on Friday.

“We’ll spend a while this morning, in the present day, going by way of what we want probably the most, how one can get probably the most out of those subsequent two days,” Belichick mentioned. “As a result of it’s actually a two-day, I might say, planning course of, slightly than one.

“We’ve obtained to determine how one can maximize Tuesday, how one can maximize Wednesday,” Belichick continued. “We sort of know what Thursday goes to appear like, and in the present day goes to be a day to evaluate the movie and sort of return over the Inexperienced Bay recreation and even a few of the issues that got here up in observe, after which we’ll be transferring on. “