Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden, who spent the season on injured reserve after suffering a rotator cuff tear during the preseason, told reporters in Dallas that he is progressing well in his recovery and that he plans on making an impact in his return next season.
"I have the most confidence in the world; I'm going to have my best season next year," Bodden told reporters of his recovery. "I'm rehabbing it good, I'm lifting on it. It's been five months. ... "If I was playing in the Super Bowl and had to play, I would play ... I feel great. It's strong. I've been lifting on it, not too much heavy weights, but the stability is good."
The 29-year-old, who entered the season projected as the Patriots' top cover corner, said that he suffered the injury on his second play during an Aug. 26 preseason game against the Rams. He tried to play through it, and lamented that he likely made the injury worse, resulting in his season-ending rotator cuff surgery in Sept.
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