FOXBORO — Rex Burkhead celebrated a full week of not injuring Tom Brady in practice by holding court with media members Friday.
The topics were the usual — prep for the Super Bowl, what it’s like to face the Patriots and then join them during this run, etc. — but the most important question Burkhead could answer these days (other than “are you going to injure Tom Brady again?”; that wasn’t asked) was about his health.
After all, one of the eyebrow-raisers from last week’s AFC Championship win over the Jaguars was that Burkhead had a season-low three snaps in his return from a knee injury.
Of course, there’s always uncertainty in a player’s first game back; it just seemed safe to assume he’d have more than one rush for five yards and a target that he didn't catch.
At any rate, Burkhead says he’s healthy.
“I’m feeling good,” Burkhead. “I’m good.”
Asked about the low snap count, Burkhead said he does “whatever the coaches want” him to do.
They want him to play well when healthy, something for which Burkhead certainly hopes as he plays in his first Super Bowl.
They also want him to not injure Tom Brady, but there’s only time you can make that reference in a short post.
Julian Edelman is grinding.
The New England Patriots receiver, who is recovering from an ACL repair surgery that ended his 2017 season, shared a quick video from his workout on Tuesday. Edelman is shown running with a resistance band and a trainer in-tow.
Edelman has posted a few tidbits on social media to show encouraging signs during his recovery since he got surgery in October after suffering an ACL tear in a preseason game. He was spotted around the locker room a few times during the final weeks of the 2017 season.
"Rehab is a [expletive]. It sucks," Edelman said in November on Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take podcast." "You go in and you’re feeling decent and then you warm up, you beat it up and then you get stiff again. I mean it’s just a process and you go in six days a week and you’re going into work it, work on everything — your flexion, your extension."
Steelers tight end Jesse James is glad the Patriots' Super Bowl pursuit is done -- mostly because he played a big part in helping accelerate it.
In the final moments of the game, James failed to catch the ball during a Week 15 contest between the Steelers and the Patriots. The non-catch was a controversial one.
James told Centre Daily Times' Josh Moyer he finally felt relief on the morning after the Super Bowl when the Patriots fell to the Eagles, 41-33.
“I don’t feel like I gave them a Super Bowl with that,” James told the Daily Times. “So I’m over it now, but it’s going to be a topic of conversation until the rule gets changed — or it doesn’t.”
James' play was initially ruled a touchdown before the referees overturned the play, and took the lead away from the Steelers in the final moments of the game. Ben Roethlisberger then threw an interception a few plays later. By winning, the Patriots took a huge step in locking themselves into the AFC's top seed with a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs, which they rode into the Super Bowl.
But of course, they couldn't finish their Super Bowl pursuit -- to James' satisfaction.