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Bruschi says extra week off will help

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Tedy Bruschi's injured right leg had
improved Thursday, but secrecy surrounded the Super Bowl status of
the Patriots linebacker.

"He's feeling a lot better than he was on Monday," New England
coach Bill Belichick said. "We'll just take it day to day."

All season, players have followed Belichick's policy of giving
few details about injuries. The Patriots announced only that
Bruschi, a defensive captain and the team's second-leading tackler,
had a leg injury.

Bruschi was hurt on an incomplete pass in the final minutes of
New England's 24-14 win over Indianapolis in the AFC championship
game and was helped off the field.

Bruschi wouldn't say whether he has a chance to play in the
Super Bowl on Feb. 1 against Carolina.

"I can't let you in on anything," Bruschi said Thursday. "I'm
sorry. You know how we deal with things around here, and I follow
the rule."

He did say that having an extra week to prepare for the game
should help.

"I'm glad I have two weeks," he said. "You always say a bye
is good to heal your bumps and bruises and, obviously, I've got
some."