New England Patriots linebacker and Bradwell Institute alumn Gary Guyton was spotted Tuesday on the sidelines of the practice field, according to a report by Patriots Weekly writer Andy Hart.
Several news sources have reported Guyton sustained a knee injury Aug. 1. Since then, he has missed practice, but Hart said the linebacker has been riding a stationary bike normally kept on the sidelines during practice.
On Wednesday, Hart reported Guyton was back on the sidelines dressed in shorts.
According to NESN.com writer Jeff Howe’s sources, Guyton and cornerback Leigh Bodden each suffered knee injuries, but neither is serious and it is believed both players will return to the field soon.
With Guyton briefly sidelined, rookies Brandon Spikes and Dane Fletcher and second-year linebacker Tyrone McKenzie have been battling it out to see who will line up behind third-year player Jerod Mayo, a former Defensive Rookie of the Year.
With the outside linebacker slots still open, Patriots Weekly reporter Erik Scalavino said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is aware of Guyton’s ability to play both inside and outside linebacker in the Patriots 3-4 scheme.
"Gary is a pretty versatile player," Belichick told Scalavino last Thursday. "I think he can do a lot of different things. He’s smart. He’s big. He’s athletic. He runs very well. He has had a variety of roles for us on regular defense and our sub defenses. He’s made a lot of progress over the last two years. I think this camp he started at a higher level than he finished last year, [thanks to] a good offseason, more confidence, a better understanding of the defense and offensive play recognition, those kinds of things."
Scalavino went on to say, "If and when he returns, Guyton could compete once again for playing time inside or out, as Belichick indicated."
The Courier will keep you posted on Guyton’s progress.