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Bruschi makes it through first contact practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Oct. 26, 2005) -- Tedy Bruschi practiced again, two days after his first practice with contact in more than eight months since he had a mild stroke.

The New England Patriots linebacker, saying he felt like he usually does the day after such practices, added coach Bill Belichick will decide whether he will play Sunday night against the Buffalo Bills.

"I'd like to get out there and see," Bruschi said before practice, "but it's out of my control now. I'm back. I'm a player. I'm a member of the team. So I've trusted my coaches ever since I was in high school.

"Whatever my coach decides to do, I trust that."

Bruschi, who remains on the physically unable to perform list, returned to practice Oct. 19 after receiving medical clearance from several doctors. He had been working out and attending team meetings regularly in training camp and the regular season.

But he said he had no expectations about his upcoming activity.

"I'm not setting any because I'm sort of doing something I've never done before and that's jump into a season six, seven weeks in," Bruschi said.

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