Belichick won't commit to status of Mayo, Jones, Hightower


FOXBORO -- The Patriots will begin training camp practices with eight players on the physically unable to perform list and four on the non-football injury list.

Among those not on the PUP list to start camp -- though players could be added to the list just before the start of the team's first practice -- were three of its biggest names that dealt with injuries this spring: linebackers Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower and defensive end Chandler Jones.

None of the three participated in OTAs or minicamp practices this spring, and it would not have come as a surprise if any missed time in training camp. But by not appearing on the PUP list, they are available to participate in on-the-field work.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about those three players in particular and if they are "good to go."

"We have a lot of guys that are in different situations, each individual is different," he said. "We've talked to all the players who are in various stages of rehabilitation. Some guys are able to do some things. Some guys are able to do less than that or different things -- lower-body injuries, upper-body injuries and so forth.

"I think think each guy is different and each situation is different. You try to treat them all individually and do the best we can for each individual player based on his situation, his injury, his experience, the position he plays and so forth. It's really not a standard answer,but I've spoken to all those guys, talked about what our plan is, and we go with that and see how it goes."

Landing on the PUP list to start the season are defensive linemen Dominique Easley, Chris Jones and Vince Taylor, linebackers Dane Fletcher and Chris White, receivers Brandon LaFell and Matthew Slater, and offensive lineman Ryan Wendell.

We'll have an attendance report from today's training camp session in our Postcard from Camp.

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