FOXBORO (CBS) — The Patriots will be leaving gloomy and chilly New England for a Week 18 showdown with the Dolphins in warm and humid Miami. It’s not easy to recreate the conditions the Patriots will have to play in when they arrive in South Florida, but Bill Belichick is trying his best.
So as is usually the case when a late-season trip to Miami is on the docket, the Patriots moved inside for practice on Wednesday. They cranked up the heat inside the Socios.com Field House, though Belichick made it clear that inside their practice facility isn’t exactly the same as engaging in a 60-minute game in Miami.READ MORE: Las Vegas Raiders Reportedly Preparing To 'Make A Run' At Josh McDaniels
“Not as hot as it’ll be in Miami,” he replied when asked how hot they can get it inside the field house.
“We just practice where we’re supposed to and do a good job trying to emulate how it will be in the game,” quarterback Mac Jones said of the move indoors. “It was good getting in there and getting ready to play in weather a little bit different than what we’ve been playing in.”
Belichick isn’t sure if the team will be back inside on Thursday or Friday before departing for Miami. Given there is some snow in the forecast in New England for Friday morning, chances are the Pats will be indoors again soon.READ MORE: Patriots Reportedly Sign Special Teamer Harvey Langi To One-Year Extension
The forecast for Sunday’s game, by the way, is 78 and sunny.
As for what happened at practice, the Patriots got Nelson Agholor back after the wide receiver missed the last two games with a concussion he suffered in Week 15. He was one of 11 Patriots limited in the session:
WR Nelson Agholor, Concussion
C David Andrews, Shoulder
DL Christian Barmore, Knee
RB Brandon Bolden, Knee
DB Cody Davis, Wrist
K Nick Folk, Left Knee
RB Damien Harris, Hamstring
LB Dont’a Hightower, Knee
WR Jakobi Meyers, Thigh
S Adrian Phillips, Knee
T Isaiah Wynn, Hip
Safety Kyle Dugger was the lone player to not practice on Wednesday, sitting out with a hand injury. Dugger played just 24 percent of New England’s defensive snaps against Jacksonville last week, though the lopsided score likely played into that decision.MORE NEWS: Devin McCourty Will Take Some Time Before Making A Decision About His Future
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