Patriots practice indoors as weather worsens

Jan 4, 2018 - 7:41 PM Perhaps fearing the wrath of coach Bill Belichick, every New England Patriots player made it to Thursday's practice on time despite the treacherous weather in the Boston area.

Belichick did make one concession to the elements, though, as the Patriots practiced indoors.

The coach provided a quick answer when asked when he made the decision to take the practice indoors.

"When I felt like that was the best thing for us to do today," Belichick said.

The weather Thursday featured heavy snow and strong winds that caused the cancellation of the Boston Bruins' home game against the Florida Panthers and hundreds of flights. It also leads to speculation that the Patriots' playoff game in nine days in Foxborough, Mass., might be played in similar weather.

At the moment, the AccuWeather extended forecast for the Boston area calls for periods of snow and temperatures in the 20s and 30s on Jan. 13, when the Patriots host their first playoff game.

The weather bureau has advised people to stay off the roads Thursday as blizzard conditions worsen, but players knew that would not change Belichick's edict that every player be on time for Thursday's practice. No excuses are accepted.

"You certainly better leave yourself enough time to get here on time," special teams captain Matthew Slater said earlier in the week. "We all know there's weather. Coach has mentioned that several times to the team. I wouldn't want to be the guy who's late. But look, I don't think we're going to have an issue. Guys understand we need to be here. The expectation is what it is. We live in New England. There's going to be weather. Give yourself some extra time; as simple as that."

The Patriots were only scheduled to practice twice this week -- Wednesday and Thursday -- and it remains to be seen what their practice schedule and practice site will be if the severe weather continues.

The weather bureau announced Thursday morning that conditions were worsening, with hurricane-force winds and possible coastal flooding.

CBS in Boston reported that Boston's Logan Airport had canceled more than 700 flights as of Thursday morning.

But the all the Patriots practiced.

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