The New England Patriots on Monday practiced for the first time since their arrival in the Valley, with quarterback Tom Brady participating in all phases of the workout on his tender right ankle.
The practice pool reporter, Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune, indicated Brady appeared to have a slight limp during workouts at Arizona State. Coach Bill Belichick, as usual, had no interest in talking about the physical condition of one of his players.
“He was out there along with everyone else,” Belichick said during a news conference at the Phoenix Convention Center.
On Sunday, Brady — who was injured in the AFC championship game on Jan. 20 and did not practice last week — said he expects to start against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. He was unavailable for comment on Monday.
After working out in full pads last week, the Patriots donned shoulder pads and shorts on Monday.
“It was good to get on the field and review some of the things we did in Foxborough last week and implement a couple of new things,” Belichick said. “We have a lot of work left to do, and the Giants are a hard team to prepare for.”
When linebacker Tedy Bruschi learned the Patriots’ practice site, his old college fire was reignited. Bruschi played at Arizona, a star of the “Desert Swarm” defense in the early to mid-1990s.
“We referred to them as the 'Scum Devils,’ and they had names for us also,” said Bruschi, a 12-year NFL veteran.
Bruschi’s last college game was at Sun Devil Stadium in 1995, an Arizona victory in which he recorded his 52nd career sack, tying the NCAA record.
“It’s great to be back in Arizona, but (teammates) ask me about what to do (in the Valley), and I can’t really tell them,” Bruschi said. “The area I know really well is about two hours down the highway.”
Amid chatter about a perfect record and a Super Bowl title motivating the Patriots, defensive lineman Ty Warren talked of another major inspiration — the memory of Marquise Hill.
The former New England defensive lineman died after a jet ski accident in Louisiana on May 27. A decal with his number (91) in on the Patriots’ helmets, and his locker at Gillette Stadium remains intact.
“I think it’s motivated us every time we walk by his locker to not take things for granted,” Warren said. “Things like going to practice or if you’ve got bumps and bruises. When you feel you can’t make it, you look over to that locker.”
Hill played for the Patriots from 2004-06.
A temporary restraining order against wide receiver Randy Moss was extended until March 28.
Moss’ lawyer, Richard Sharpstein, said the decision came at a hearing in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The player’s friend, Rachelle Washington, obtained the order on Jan. 14.
The temporary order requires Moss to stay at least 500 feet from Washington. No criminal charge has been brought. Washington, 35, alleged they had been in an “intimate relationship” since 1997.
Moss has denied Washington’s accusation he committed “battery causing serious injury” to her at her Florida home on Jan. 6.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.