Setting the Patriots' schedule

December, 31, 2013
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With the bye week, the Patriots have shuffled their schedule over the next two weeks to maximize preparation and rest, while also not straying too far from the normal routine leading up to a game.

Here's an overview of how the Patriots' schedule is currently planned to lay out leading up to Saturday, Jan. 11, the date of their first playoff game.

Tuesday, December 31
12 p.m. ET: Conference call with head coach Bill Belichick
* Players day off

Wednesday, January 1
11:15 a.m.: Media availability at practice
1:15 p.m.: Tom Brady press conference
2:30 - 3:15 p.m.: Locker room open for player interviews
4 p.m.: Bill Belichick press conference

Thursday, January 2
11:15 a.m.: Media availability at practice
2:30-3:15 p.m.: Locker room open for player interviews

Friday, January 3
10:15 a.m.: Media availability at practice
12:15-1 p.m.: Locker room open for player interviews

Saturday, January 4
* Players day off

Sunday January 5
4 p.m.: Bill Belichick conference call

Monday, Jan. 6
12 p.m. ET: Coaches conference calls: (Bill Belichick, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels)

Tuesday, January 7
10:30 a.m.: Media availability at practice
1 p.m.-1:45 p.m.: Locker room open for player interviews

Wednesday, January 8
9:40 a.m.: Bill Belichick press conference
10:30 a.m.: Media availability at practice
1 p.m.-1:45 p.m.: Locker room open for player interviews

Thursday, January 9
10:45 a.m.: Media availability at practice
12:45-1:30 p.m.: Locker room open for player interviews

Friday, January 10
Team walkthrough

Saturday, January 11
8:15 p.m.: Divisional Round playoff game; opponent TBD

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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