Seymour, Law health murky (Felger, Herald)
The question Belichick left unanswered was the more important one: How much rest will Richard Seymour and Ty Law need once the season begins anew in the playoffs?
The situation with Seymour's knee has yet to clarify itself, although it's a safe bet that he didn't suffer a devastating injury like an ACL tear Sunday against the Jets because he didn't leave the bench area during the game and walked under his own power afterwards. Seymour spent part of yesterday being evaluated by medical personnel. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported last night that Seymour suffered a 3- to 6-week injury.
"I don't know that yet. It's too close after the game," Belichick said when asked about Seymour's status. "We'll take a look and see where we are on Wednesday when we go out to practice."
Seymour was hurt in the third quarter, when Jets center Kevin Mawae landed awkwardly on his left knee. Given Mawae's reputation, some felt it was a dirty play, but replays showed Mawae clearly tried to deliver a block on linebacker Mike Vrabel and the contact with Seymour was incidental.
Sports injury experts who have seen the play said it was consistent with an MCL injury. If it's a sprain, Seymour could conceivably play with a brace in 2-3 weeks. A 100 percent recovery from MCL sprains takes 4-6 weeks.
Meanwhile, Law is progressing from his broken left foot, although not quickly and not enough to get him into game action. Law was upgraded to questionable last week and worked out prior to the Jets game, but his deactivation was not a game-time decision. The Pats had no intention of playing him.
Law has now been out longer than eight weeks, which was the original timeframe his agent, and others, put on his return.
"Not close enough," said Belichick in describing Law's condition. "I wouldn't read too much into (his working out prior to the Jets game)."
Who will play against the 49ers is still being determined.