By Levan Reid, WBZ-TV Sports

BOSTON (CBS) – As the Patriots get ready for some rest and relaxation on their bye week, one player is getting ready to get back to work.

Safety Steve Gregory has been missing from the Patriots secondary since the fourth quarter of Week 4’s win over the Buffalo Bills when he suffered a hip injury. He’s been making strides the last few weeks, inching closer to a return.

On Thursday, he said he is very close. There is a chance he could return in Week 9 when the Patriots host the Bills.

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“Yeah feeling good, getting better everyday,” Gregory said. “Putting in work and, you know, just getting better.”

Gregory said he’s be spending the bye week working out at Gillette Stadium. He can’t wait to get back out there, because it’s getting kind of hard to be a spectator.

“It’s really hard, as a competitor, as a guy that wants to contribute and help your team, to sit on the couch and watch your guys play,” he said. “But guys are doing a good job. We put ourselves in a pretty good position right now so I’ll be excited to get back out there and start playing.”

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The Patriots have had to play a couple of games without both of their starting safeties with Patrick Chung battling a shoulder injury, but could have both back soon.

Gregory was a solid veteran addition to the Patriots young secondary. He recorded 14 tackles in his four games to go with a 36-yard interception against the Ravens in Week 3.

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