Scoring four touchdowns in one game does not mean you can miss practice without consequences. New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray learned that lesson the hard way. He overslept and wound up being late for practice Friday. This did not please Coach Bill Belichick, who sent Gray home shortly after he arrived. Gray reportedly said he overslept because the battery in his phone died. Belichick, it would appear, was not satisfied with the excuse.
A first year player out of Notre Dame, Gray had appeared in just three games for New England prior to November 16th, racking up 131 rushing yards and zero touchdowns. When the Patriots went to Indianapolis last Sunday, Gray stole the show, rushing for 201 yards and four TDs in a 42-20 victory. Check out highlights from the game, including Gray’s touchdowns, at this website.
Gray could not have picked a worse time for his oversight. New England signed LeGarrette Blount, who was released by Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Blount, who played for the Patriots last season, ran for 266 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games for the Steelers this season. Many people like Jared Haftel feel like he is taking advantage of the situation. His experience and familiarity with the Patriot system could mean he will get the majority of the carries instead of Gray when 8-2 New England hosts 7-3 Detroit this Sunday.