After practice, the co-captain told reporters he was “feeling all right… doing pretty good” following his first-ever diagnosed concussion.
“I’m just taking it one day at a time,” McCourty continued. “It’s always good to be back on the field if you miss any time. I’m just happy to be back on the field.”
Four other Patriots were unable to go, however, including co-captain and newly minted Pro Bowler
In addition to Mankins, starting cornerback
The veteran McCourty admitted that it was tough to be inactive for the regular season finale against Buffalo, but added that “it’s part of the game. I tried to do my part to help my guys out. They did a great job going out there and getting a win.”
That win secured New England’s bye week in the first round of the playoffs. This week’s practices, therefore, are being used mostly to correct flaws that the team has in all three phases, because their next opponent won’t be known until this weekend’s Wild Card games end.
“We understand that we have to be mentally tough for the postseason, we have to be mentally tough this week – no opponent, get better on the field,” continued McCourty. “We had a good practice today. It’s all about getting a good day’s work in tomorrow, too.”
The Patriots are currently scheduled to practice on Thursday and Friday before having the weekend off.