Patriots DE Shaun Ellis reappeared on the radar last week. He had three tackles and a sack, filling in for defensive end Andre Carter, who is out for the season.
It was tough for Ellis, who said he never wanted to get back on the field because of an injury. But he was happy to get back on the field in general, after being on the sidelines for several weeks.
Colleague Karen Guregian caught up with him today and wondered if he had discussed it with Bill Belichick and made his peace with it. Turns out, no need.
“No,” Ellis said. “It’s something I couldn’t control. So you just go about it, and know when it’s your time, go out and play. That’s just how it is. When your number is called, be ready to go out there.’‘