Wilhite says he was hurt running away

Updated: September 29, 2009, 3:18 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

New England Patriots cornerback Jonathan Wilhite told police that he pulled his groin Sunday morning while running away from two people in the parking lot at his residence, according to a statement released by the North Attleboro police department Tuesday.

Wilhite, who was not on the Patriots injury report last week, did not play in Sunday's 26-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick previously explained that Wilhite had a mishap Sunday morning, but did not elaborate.

In a conference call on Tuesday, Belichick was asked about Wilhite again. "Any personal situation, I'll keep internally," Belichick said. He also said he had no update on the player's condition.

On Tuesday, North Attleboro police detailed the situation in a written statement:

"On Sunday, September 27, 2009, the North Attleboro Police responded to the Cumberland Farms store in the Attleboro Falls area of town, after receiving a call from Jonathan Wilhite concerning suspicious activity. Mr. Wilhite stated that 2 subjects were in his parking lot when he arrived home, and one approached him on foot and yelled at him.

"Mr. Wilhite became concerned and ran to Cumberland Farms where he asked the clerk to call police. He did mention that he had pulled his groin while he was running. The matter remains under investigation by North Attleboro detectives."

Wilhite, a second-year player, appeared in all 16 games during his rookie season with the Patriots.

Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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