FOXBORO (CBS) – Kevin Faulk is unemployed as of right now, but the 36-year-old running back is preparing for another season of football.

“The door is open,” Faulk told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh and Zolak Tuesday afternoon. “I’m training; I may not be in pads right now but I’m training just in case. I have a timeframe where if it doesn’t happen by this time, I’ll hang them up.”

“I’m one of those stubborn guys though,” he said with a laugh.

While the Patriots and Faulk have left things open ended, the 13-year NFL vet doesn’t want to wear any other uniform to finish his career – even if it would mean going to play for a former Patriot assistant.

It’s Patriots or retirement for #33.

“Those guys already know where Kevin Faulk’s heart is and that Kevin Faulk isn’t going anywhere,” he said. “I have had a phone call or two, but we’ll keep it at that. I don’t want to play for anyone else.”

This would have been Faulk’s 14th training camp with the Patriots, but his phone has yet to ring with that call. And while the hot summer days of camp may not be appealing to all 36-year-olds, that’s what makes Faulk so different.

“Honestly speaking, yes I do,” he said of missing camp. “When you get so adapted to it, and it’s what you’ve been doing for such a long time, you miss it a little bit.”

The Patriots are holding a pair of joint practices with the Saints beginning Tuesday afternoon. The team also did that in 2010 when Faulk was still roaming the backfield for the Patriots. How different is it practicing against another team during training camp?

“First of all, when you’re practicing against yourself you go against the same defense and you get adapted to it — you get used to it after a few practices,” said Faulk. “You’re not dumb players; you hear repeated calls, the defense hears repeated offensive calls. You kind of go where you need to be. When you practice against another team, you don’t know what is going on. You haven’t seen any film yet, you’re just going against another guy on the opposite side — who isn’t on your team”


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