Belichick on Kaczur, Simmons & more


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick answered questions from reporters prior to the team's practice Monday afternoon (12:30 p.m.).

Here are a few of the newsy nuggets:

Adding context to Nick Kaczur’s long-term status. Asked if he expects Kaczur (back) to be out for the season, Belichick said, “I don’t think he will be available in the immediate future, but we’ll see how that goes. I’m not sure exactly how long that will or won’t be.”

Juggling multiple footballs in the air. Belichick described this as a busy time, with the team mixing preparations for the third preseason game against the Rams, some Patriots-specific work, and overall personnel evaluations with roster cutdown dates looming (Aug. 31 and Sept. 4). “That’s the time of year it is,” he said. “There are a lot of things going on at once. They’re all important.” Belichick noted that the Patriots have had 30 practices at this point.

Practice moved inside. With rain in the region, the Patriots moved their practice inside the Dana Farber Field House. In open-to-the-media practices, this marks the third time since training camp began July 29 that the team moved its workout indoors.

Brian Simmons viewed as practice squad candidate. Asked about the team’s signing of free-agent offensive lineman Brian Simmons last week, Belichick noted that Simmons had been coming off an injury and probably would have been at training camp if healthy. “I think he’s a guy who could potentially be a practice squad type candidate depending on how he does,” he said.