McCourty: Progress with shoulder

December, 2, 2011
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Injured cornerback Devin McCourty spoke with a group of reporters for the first time since a right shoulder injury has sidelined him Nov. 13, and he cited progress in his recovery.

McCourty didn’t want to say he was close to returning to action, mainly because if it didn’t happen it would seem like he was making things up. At the same time, he’s definitely getting closer.

“It feels a lot better. I’m hoping that each day when I wake up, I move it around a little bit and it feels better than it did yesterday morning,” he said.

As for playing this Sunday?

“That’s when I’m hoping it feels the best by,” he answered. “We’ll see.”

Sometimes when injured players speak with reporters, it is a sign that they are ready to return. McCourty was asked why he chose to do so today, and said it was coincidental.

“You guys caught me right in between treatments,” he said. “Your persistence pays off.”

File under: Press coverage.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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