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Mon, 08/22/2011 - 5:28pm  

Belichick: Haynesworth could play Saturday

Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show as part of Patriots Monday at Gillette Stadium on Monday. In talking with Glenn Ordway, Michael Holley and Tedy Bruschi, Belichick discussed the status of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. The former Titan and Redskin was not in Foxboro Monday due to a simple assault hearing in Washington D.C. and has missed several consecutive practices due to injury. Belichick said that Haynesworth, who is considered day-to-day, could possibly play in Saturday's preseason game vs. the Lions.

 
"If he's ready, yeah," Belichick said when asked of Haynesorth's status. 
 
Asked whether he was ready, Belichick responded, "Well I don't know. He's day-to-day."
 
"I can't [elaborate]," Belichick said when asked for more details. "We'll go out there tomorrow, and if he's ready to go, he'll practice. If he's not, then he'll do the other things to get ready to go, and then we'll try it again on Wednesday." 
 
The coach also praised inside linebacker Dane Fletcher, a former undrafted college defensive end who has handled more responsibilities in the preseason.
 
"He really has made a good transition, like [Bruschi] did, like Harry Carson, did," Belichick said. "Not just guys that played defensive end, but guys that played in the interior part of the line, but Dane has done a nice job in the past year, and starting this year, picking up where he left off last year in terms of becoming a better coverage player, more aware behind the line of scrimmage. He's always been pretty good at attacking and going forward like his training was in college as a defensive lineman, but his courage sills and his ability to recognize things from behind the line and rush the quarterback from depth as apposed to being in a three-point stance have all improved."
 
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