Patriots say they don't 'Hate' Belichick

Updated: September 15, 2003, 7:11 PM ET

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots don't hate coach Bill Belichick.

Not that it would matter if they did.

"We're all here for a common goal, and that's to win," linebacker Willie McGinest said Monday, a day after the Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles 31-10.

Sunday's win helped erase the memories of last week's 31-0, season-opening loss to Buffalo. Just five days earlier, Belichick decided to cut four-time Pro Bowl safety Lawyer Milloy to make room under the salary cap; Milloy signed with the Bills and helped them shut out the Patriots.

On Sunday, ESPN's Tom Jackson reported that Patriots players were so angry about Milloy being cut that "they hate their coach." Some of the players saw the report before they left for the stadium for their late-afternoon game.

"I respect Tom Jackson, but that is one of the stupidest things I ever heard," Patriots safety Rodney Harrison said Monday. "He has no idea what we think about Belichick."

Harrison, who signed with the Patriots in the offseason after he became a salary cap casualty in San Diego, said the players are too professional to take the Milloy move personally.

"Sometimes you have to make business decisions," he said. "I was disappointed that Lawyer left, but it's business."

Belichick, a low-level assistant on the Denver staff when Jackson was playing for the Broncos, said he has spoken to Jackson recently. But asked how it felt to hear Jackson report such a thing, Belichick repeated, "I am not going to dignify the comments with any type of response."

But that's more information than the tightlipped Belichick would give out about the other big topic on Monday: injuries.

Linebacker Rosevelt Colvin limped off the field in Philadelphia in the second quarter and did not return. Center Damien Woody was not even on the active roster for the game.

Woody, who has an unspecified chest injury, said Monday he would be back at practice this week. Colvin was not in the locker room during the period it was open to the media; there was still unopened mail in his locker and his chair was folded up and put away, as it was for other injured players like Ted Johnson and Je'Rod Cherry.

"I don't think I could say that at this point," Belichick said when asked if any of the injuries were serious. "A lot of times what happens the day after the game, as we all know, is things that look serious on Sunday, don't look as serious on Monday. Some things that don't look serious on Sunday could be a little bit more of a problem on Monday."

Harrison said losing Colvin for an extended period would be a bad break for a defense that's already missing two leaders from last year.

"We've already lost our stud middle linebacker," Harrison said of Ted Johnson, who is out indefinitely with a broken foot. Colvin "was brought in because he was the best linebacker out there on the free agent market."

A Patriots spokesman said later Monday afternoon that there was no update on Colvin's injury. The first NFL injury reports aren't due until Wednesday.

"I am not trying to give you the run around," Belichick said. "I am not saying we don't have any injuries. I can't tell you right now -- any more than the doctors and the trainers can tell me -- exactly what it is or exactly what we are dealing with."

This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index

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