FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) _ Five-time Pro Bowl defensive end and
Georgia first-round draft pick Richard Seymour practiced with the
New England Patriots Wednesday for the first time this season.
Seymour, drafted from Georgia in 2001, is on the physically
unable to perform list with a knee injury. He can practice for up
to three weeks before the team must either activate him or place
him on season-ending injured reserve.
Seymour stretched and ran an agility drill with other members of
the defensive line during the part of practice the media was
allowed to watch. He was NOT available for comment.
Before practice, coach Bill Belichick said he would NOT be able
to gauge Seymour's effect on the defense until the seven-year
veteran got back on the field.
Although Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is on a record pace,
Washington counters with the N-F-L's eighth-rated pass defense.
Opposing quarterbacks have combined to throw five touchdowns and
eight interceptions against the Redskins' secondary, which features
four former first-round draft picks.
While the Patriots' offense has been nearly unstoppable, the
defense has appeared vulnerable without Seymour in high-scoring
wins over the Cowboys (48-27) and Dolphins (49-28). Winless Miami
rushed for 179 yards last on Sunday, and the Patriots are allowing
four-point-four yards per carry, 24th in the league.
Of the four players on the Patriots' P-U-P list, Troy Brown, New
England's career receiving leader, has NOT practiced yet. Receiver
Chad Jackson and cornerback Eddie Jackson returned to practice last
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