Derrick Burgess Reinstated, Says He Sat Out With A 'Personal Situation'

Derrick Burgess is back with the Patriots after missing the first two weeks of training camp while he was at home, dealing with a "personal situation." He never was contemplating retirement.

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Derrick Burgess Sat Out With 'Personal Reasons'

When Patriots' training camp started, and Derrick Burgess was a no-show (forcing the team to place him on the Did Not Report list), early reports were that the linebacker was considering retirement. That wasn't the case though, says Burgess, who showed up over the weekend and was reinstated by New England. He says he was at home, dealing with a "personal situation."

"I just had a personal situation going on," Burgess answered. "I had to take time to take care of, and me and Bill (Belichick talked) about it, and he just told me to take my time and get my stuff together."

Burgess, entering his second season with the Patriots, did not elaborate past that, only adding, "I'm happy to be here. I'm glad they allowed me to come back after taking care of my personal business."

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Patriots Reinstate LB Derrick Burgess After He Decides Not To Retire

In Friday's bad news that Ty Warren would miss the 2010 season was the good news that LB Derrick Burgess would not retire and that the Patriots reinstated him from the reserve/did not report list.

Not surprisingly, the team did not comment on what prompted Burgess to change his mind and decide not to retire, with Bill Belichick saying, "I think that's between Derrick and myself."

Pats Pulpit says that Burgess' decision is "certainly positive."

If Burgess is ready to give 100%, then he becomes a big bonus for the Patriots pass rush.  Heading into camp, I expected Burgess to start opposite Tully Banta-Cain in the 3-4 alignment.  Now, I'm thinking Burgess goes back to his 2009 role as a top pass rusher in sub-packages and on third downs.  Jermaine Cunningham has shown a lot as an every down outside linebacker and in pass coverage, so I think he may be the "starting" outside linebacker.

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