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Mesko to test injured knee today

9/23/2011

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots should know by this afternoon whether they will need a backup plan at punter, as Zoltan Mesko plans to test his injured left knee fully in practice.

"It's all up to today's practice," Mesko told reporters in the locker room. "I feel good [and] we'll see how we test it out fully. I feel like I put in all I got as far as rehab goes. Today is going to be the day to decide it."

Mesko, who was injured in the third quarter Sunday when Patriots safety James Ihedigbo was blocked into him, has progressed throughout the week.

"I feel like I've been here 24/7, but I feel like it's been paying off. We'll go out there today and see how I handle it," he said. "I'm looking forward to helping the team out. I'm going to do whatever it takes to get out there, and give it all I got. Ultimately it's the coaches' decision whether they want to take me to Buffalo. I'd be excited if they would choose so."

Mesko, who also serves as the team's holder on field goals, had been limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday. He's never been through a similar injury.

The Patriots had punters Matt Dodge and Jeremy Kapinos in for workouts earlier in the week. Coach Bill Belichick said another possibility is having kicker Stephen Gostkowski handle the punting duties to preserve a roster spot.