Belichick expected Burgess to be at Pats camp

One story that came as a surprise as training camps open around the NFL was the absence of veteran OLB Derrick Burgess from Patriots workouts. Burgess was a no-show again Friday, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn’t have much to say about it.

Amid reports that Burgess was considering retirement, Belichick addressed the situation to open his session with reporters Friday.

“Derrick [Burgess], of course, wasn’t here yesterday,” Belichick said. “We expected him to be here. He’s not here. This type of situation certainly isn’t unprecedented. We’ll just deal with it going forward. I’m not exactly sure that I know all the information that I need to know, so that’s what it is for now. We’ll just take that day-by-day.”

The absence sounds as though it came as a surprise to Belichick, who would only repeat that the Patriots “expected him to be there” when asked if that was the case. Belichick wouldn’t say whether he had spoken to Burgess, who re-signed with the team in May. Sans Burgess, Rob Ninkovich has worked opposite returning starter Tully Banta-Cain, per

Guidelines: Fan feedback should be within the guidelines for the NFL community. These guidelines will be used to identify those comments that will be removed from display on the site. Please keep your comments relevant to the topic, not abusive or combatant towards other fans, and don’t share any personal details. Use the “Report” link to help keep the community at its best.

Comments may be no longer than 2000 characters and will post to the site shortly after submitting.

Powered by VIP | Subscribe (RSS)