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Bill Belichick on OMF seems pretty confident in Patriots' health heading into playoffs

Ryan Hannable
January 02, 2019 - 9:30 am

The Patriots are arguably the healthiest team in the entire AFC heading into the postseason.

Bill Belichick and his squad have had nearly perfect attendance at practices the last few weeks, which is nearly unheard of down the stretch across the league. Jacob Hollister (hamstring) and Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) were the only two players to miss Week 17's game against the Jets due to injury.

Devin McCourty suffered a concussion in the game, but appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria with Steve DeOssie and Fred Smerlas filling in Monday, Belichick didn't seem to think any of these injuries would be long-term and even hinted he expects everyone to be at practice this week.

"I think right now we're in pretty good shape," he said. "[Cordarrelle] Patterson wasn't able to play against the Jets, but hopefully we'll be able to get him back. I think our overall continuity the last few weeks, of not only the injury report for games but just being able to practice consecutively with players that are going to play in the game gives you better timing and execution, and has helped us that way. We'll see, but so far, I think we'll have a full group out there this week at practice."

By being the No. 2 see in the AFC, the Patriots earned a first-round bye and will practice at least two days this week. The first will be held Wednesday afternoon, but it is worth noting there will be no injury report until next week.

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