Bill Belichick: There's a 'build-up process' Dion Lewis needs to go through

Bill Belichick: There's a 'build-up process' Dion Lewis needs to go through

FOXBORO -- The waiting game is on with Dion Lewis. 

He was activated to the 53-man roster before Sunday night's game with the Seahawks, but he was listed as one of the team's inactives leading up to kickoff. Does that mean he'll be good to go by the time this upcoming Sunday rolls around? Will the Patriots add to his workload this week to see if he's ready for game action against the 49ers?

Patriots coach Bill Belichick indicated that Lewis is still going through the "build-up process" that is required of any player who is coming back off of an extended absence.

"I think any time a player's coming back from missing a significant amount of time, there's a certain build-up process," Belichick said. "Sometimes that accelerates, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it just stays on a straight line course. It's hard to predict how that's gonna go.

"There's a big difference between training and playing football. You can run around a track or up and down a hill, do 10,000 push-ups and all that. I mean that's great. But that's not being out there with 21 other guys playing football. Football's football. Training's an important part and component of being ready to play football, but playing football is playing football.

"Especially at this time of the year, where you're halfway through the season and teams have quite a bit of scheme in, both us and our opponents, so we're not just like in kind of some basic stuff at the beginning of the year or preseason, which is what preseason is -- very basic. We're at a whole different point. How does that get acclimated, what's the right time? It's a little bit of a feel situation. But to answer your question, we just keep going. We'll see."

The Patriots went with James White as their lone sub back in their loss to the Seahawks. He finished the game with four catches for 32 yards.

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.