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Quick Kicks: Mon 9/17 locker room notes

Must’ve been an extra long day of film study for the Patriots because once the media interview time in the locker got started, most players were rushing for the exits.


A couple stopped to give us a few minutes of their time, however. And theme seemed to be about moving on from their 20-18 loss to Arizona.

Co-captain Matthew Slater was asked to address remarks by many players Sunday night that last week's practices were not up to par, which led to the poor performance yesterday.

"I really don't want to address that one," Slater politely responded. "We just have to go out and practice hard and do the right things."

Head coach Bill Belichick was equally tight-lipped on the health status of tight end Aaron Hernandez, who injured his right ankle when receiver Julian Edelman was tackled onto him early in the first quarter yesterday.

"I think [the trainers] are still looking at him," he said.

Edelman, however, said he felt sorry for having been involved in the play that caused what appeared to be a significant injury for Hernandez.

"Yeah, it's terrible to see one of your best players go down. It's unfortunate," Edelman acknowledged, "but we're going to have to move on. Hopefully, he gets back quick."

"Aaron is a very valuable piece to his puzzle," added Slater, "but there are 53 guys on this team. All that means is the rest of us are going to have to pick up the slack and do our jobs a little bit better, whatever we're asked to do. That's the nature of football. You never want to see a guy get hurt. You know, Aaron's a great kid. We're just going to have to move forward and wish him a speedy recovery and hopefully he can join us on the field soon."

With or without Hernandez, the Patriots will have to begin preparing for the Baltimore Ravens, the team they'll visit this coming Sunday night.

"Regardless of the opponent, you have to put a loss in the past. Personally, I have," declared Edelman. "Now, I'm thinking about the Ravens – a tough team on the road, AFC opponent. It's a crucial game."

"I'm sure they're going to be amped up – Sunday Night Football at their house," concluded Slater. "We can't hang our heads from yesterday. It's time to pick up the pieces and move forward and get ready for these guys."

For an in-depth look at the Cardinals-Patriots game, read After Further Review on

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