As we anxiously await the first major snow storm of the season here in the northeast, we're no longer anxiously awaiting the return of Matt Light.
New England's starting left tackle, who injured his shoulder during the Oakland game, missed a large portion of game time as well as the past two practices. But he was back out on the field Friday afternoon with his teammates.
Defensive end Ty Warrenwas not present at the start of practice, however. He's been nursing a nagging groin injury that has limited his play in recent weeks, but he's been at practice the previous two days.
Warren was highly visible in the locker room prior to practice, though, talking at length with various members of the media. The tone of his answers and his overall demeanor seemed to indicate that he'll be ready to go on Sunday versus Arizona.
When asked about the possible snowy conditions, Warren said his focus is always on the several hundred pounds of offensive lineman he has to face and not on the elements.
Mayo lays it on thick
Rookie linebacker Jerod Mayoused the media portion of locker room time today to have some fun with both reporters and his teammates.
As fellow rookie Jonathan wilhitewas granting an interview with a TV crew, Mayo stood directly behind the photographer and stared down Wilhite, presumably in an attempt to get him to laugh. It didn't seem to work, so Mayo moved on to safety Brandon Meriweather'slocker.
A large gathering of reporters were hovered around Meriweather, but Mayo managed to wiggle his way up next to him. He then began answering questions alongside Meriweather.
The two were also asked about the snow that's in the forecast and if they have any experienec playing in such weather.
"No ... not organized football," Mayo said. "Oh, I'm definitely looking forward to it. Anytime you have a new challenge, it's fun."
In response to a question about what advice he could give the rookie during his first cold-weather game, Meriweather simply replied with a knowing smile, "Dress warm."
In addition to Warren, LBTedy Bruschiand safety James Sanderswere not at practice, and have not been for the past few weeks due to injuries.
With snow expected to fall at any moment this afternoon, the Patriots practiced for the second time this week on the playing field of Gillette Stadium. They could face the same weather Sunday during their game against the Cardinals, so head coach Bill Belichick is likely trying to get his players more comfortable with how the footing and ball-handling conditions will be.