Ryan Wendell returned to practice for the first time in nearly three weeks Monday. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)
FOXBORO — On Monday Patriots offensive lineman Ryan Wendell practiced for the first time since Week 2, as he was out with a mysterious illness.
Wendell didn’t want to discuss the specifics of the illness, but said he was glad to get back out on the practice field.
“We all work hard to try and contribute to the team, so you can’t do that when you’re not playing,” Wendell said. “It feels good get out there and practice. Every rep you take that’s when another guy can rest or another rep you get to work with a guy next to you. It just feels good to do your job. You don’t want to get paid to do nothing.”
Wendell wasn’t listed on the Week 1 injury report and then missed the game against the Steelers. He was limited for Wednesday and Thursday’s practices in Week 2 with an illness, but then missed that Friday’s practice and hadn’t practiced again until Monday — more than a three week absence.
While he was out he said he just followed the protocol trainers set for him.
The Fresno State product didn’t think he was limited in Monday’s session, although there won’t be an injury report posted so his status in practice won’t be revealed until Wednesday’s injury report.
“No, I don’t think so. I didn’t feel limited,” he said. “I don’t know. You probably have to ask coach about that, if he felt I was limited or not.”
“I just went out there and did every thing they asked me to do,” he added. “I don’t choose what I do and when I do it. The coaches and and the trainers tell me what to do on that.”
Having missed so much time it may be unrealistic to ask him to jump in and start Sunday’s game and play the whole game. All he said was he’s capable of doing what the coaches ask of him.
“I feel like I am good enough to go out there and help my team as best I can for whatever they ask me to do,” Wendell said. “As far as what percentage, you’re going to ask Coach Belichick or the trainers about that.”
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