LB Tedy Bruschi, entering his 14th season with the Patriots, realizes his age is a major factor for the upcoming season. Bruschi had not been in full pads since July 31 but returned to practice yesterday at Gillette Stadium. According to a *Boston Globe *story, the veteran explained the gap of time between full-pad practices. "You get a little bit older and you have to mend some aches and some pains," said Bruschi. "That's just why it took a little bit longer for me to get out here, but I'm feeling better now and hopefully I can get back to work."
Bruschi also expressed admiration for second-year LB Jerod Mayo. Bruschi understands his career could soon be ending but is confident in the Patriots' defense due to Mayo's work ethic. Read Bruschi's comments here. Mayo, who led all rookies in tackles a season ago, has cemented himself as a leader in the defensive unit.