Based on his limited participation in practices since last Saturday, there appears to be a chance Sony Michel could play Sunday night against Green Bay.
The rookie running back wouldn't disclose whether he would or wouldn't suit up when asked at his locker Friday afternoon.
"It all depends on Coach and his decision," he responded. "Physically, I've been doing what the training room has been giving me to do. It's up to the training room staff and the coaches. I'm very fortunate to be given another chance to play football again. It's going to be a process. I have to work at it.
"If it was up to me? Yeah, [I'd play] for these teammates, I'd do whatever it takes. If I had one leg, I'd still be out there trying to fight for these guys. I'm around a great group of guys."
Michel's season looked like it came to a premature end two weeks ago in Chicago when he was tackled and went down awkwardly in the early second quarter. A cart was needed to take him to the locker room, and that's normally a bad sign, but Michel was back on the practice field less than a week later.
"I was just worrying about the moment. I didn't know what happened," Michel said, recalling the play on which he was injured. "I just focused on getting off the field and trying to feel better. I feel pretty good [now]. Been working hard, trying to get back on the field."
Gordon: 'Thankful for all the help'
Hours before the Bills game this past Monday, an NFL Network report suggested that wide receiver Josh Gordon would be benched for part of that game after an incident of "tardiness" last week.
Confronted by reporters about it after the game (he referred them to head coach Bill Belichick), Gordon again was pressed by media members on Friday. He offered no further comment on the matter, other than to say he had heard about the reports.
Asked if he believes he's done a good job of being on time and where he needs to be, the receiver added, "If I haven't, I've been helped along the way, so I'm definitely thankful for all the help I've gotten here, and definitely appreciative of figuring my way out here."
Though he missed Thursday's practice, tight end Rob Gronkowski (ankle/back) was in uniform Friday. The news was not so good for right guard Shaq Mason, whose calf injury Monday night against Buffalo has kept him out of practice all week.