- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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DALLAS -- Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden, who is here to enjoy Super Bowl festivities, detailed how he tore his rotator cuff in the 2010 preseason while adding that his recovery is on course.
"I'm rehabbing it good, I'm lifting on it. It's been five months," Bodden said in a visit to Radio Row at the Super Bowl media center which included interviews with Sirius NFL Radio and 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston. "I have the most confidence in the world; I'm going to have my best season next year."
Asked if he could play at this point, Bodden said, "If I was playing in the Super Bowl and had to play, I would play ... I feel great. It's strong. I've been lifting on it, not too much heavy weights, but the stability is good."
Bodden, whose biggest challenge has been getting back the range of motion in his shoulder, explained that the injury happened in the Aug. 26 preseason game against the Rams. It was his second play on the field.
"It was a run to my side and a tight end blocked me, I reached out with my left arm, and kind of got extended and fell on it," he said. "I felt it, but I just kept playing. After the game, I went home and tried to go to sleep and couldn't sleep."
Bodden said it's possible he did more damage to the shoulder by playing through the injury that day. "I just felt like it was nothing, something slight, and I'd get over it, but I took the MRI and it told me otherwise."
The 29-year-old Bodden, who projects to team with Devin McCourty next season as the 1-2 punch at cornerback, took pride in what the team's young cornerbacks did in his absence.
"There's nothing like playing on the field and learning how to play, and getting confidence on the field," he said. "It's easy to look at it and say what you can and can't do. But it's better to be out there and learn like that. The guys, the confidence I saw them get every week, it was great."
As for his Super Bowl pick, he's going with the Packers.
"I'm going against my roots. I've got to go with Aaron Rodgers, man. They have too many weapons," he said.