Belichick: Meriweather a 'league matter'

October, 19, 2010
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On his weekly conference call today, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about the status of safety Brandon Meriweather, who could be facing a suspension for his helmet-to-helmet to hit on Ravens tight end Todd Heap.

Asked if he’s heard anything from the NFL in terms of a possible suspension, Belichick said: “I’ll leave anything from the NFL to the NFL.”

Asked further, Belichick said those decisions are “league matters” and “right now my focus is on San Diego and trying to get our team ready to go out there and play them. All those questions really need to be asked of someone in the league office.”

If the NFL does suspend Meriweather, which has only been speculated by media members at this point, it could affect the team’s game-planning. Coaches are putting the game-plan together today, and director of player personnel Nick Caserio said it’s business as usual.

“It’s the same thing [with an injured player],” Caserio said. “We don’t start practice for tomorrow, and [you don’t know] whether or not the player is on the field. Whatever players are available are available for the game, that’s who we have to play with, however that shakes out. We’ll plan accordingly and try to go about our game-plan and put together the plan that we feel gives us the best chance to win on Sunday.”

On a related note, the Patriots are expected to fill their final practice squad spot with safety Ross Ventrone. Safeties James Sanders (hamstring) and Jarrad Page (calf) are battling through injuries, so Ventrone adds depth on the practice field.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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