What Mike Vrabel mentioned of the choice to cancel Patriots-Titans joint practices


The 2 groups had been scheduled to follow collectively earlier than Isaiah Bolden’s harm on Saturday.

Mike Vrabel’s Titans squad was scheduled to follow with the Patriots forward of Friday’s preseason sport. (AP Picture/Bruce Kluckhohn)

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel understood why the Patriots needed to cancel their upcoming joint practices together with his staff.

The previous Patriots participant shared that his outdated staff contacted him shortly after their sport towards the Packers was postponed after Isaiah Bolden was carted off the sphere and brought to a Inexperienced Bay space hospital on Saturday.

The groups got here to the settlement to forgo the joint practices forward of Friday’s preseason sport because the Patriots introduced they had been touring again to Foxborough and never Nashville as initially deliberate.

“They communicated with us final night time, and we want the participant effectively, we want [Isaiah] Bolden effectively,” Vrabel informed reporters on Sunday. “Clearly, there’s a restoration and we perceive what can occur on this sport, sadly. And so the Patriots are going to concentrate on them, and ensuring they’re doing what they should do to prepare for his or her season.

“Would’ve liked to work with them, however clearly perceive that issues come up and we’re all the time in a position to regulate and adapt. We’ll follow and we’ll get work in and we’ll see the place we’re right here on the finish of the week on Friday.”

Whereas the Patriots introduced that they had been canceling their joint practices with the Titans, they shared a optimistic replace on Bolden’s standing on Sunday. The rookie nook was discharged from the hospital and traveled again dwelling with the staff.

“Admire the prayers extra excited to be again with the blokes,” Bolden tweeted on Sunday morning.

Despite the fact that Bolden’s hospital keep was comparatively temporary, Patriots gamers had been understandably shaken after the sport. Bolden was immobile on the sphere for a number of moments earlier than he was positioned on a stretcher and brought off on a cart.

Invoice Belichick and the remainder of the Patriots that spoke to the media targeted their postgame feedback on Bolden and never their efficiency on the sphere.

“I believe proper now our main concern is Isaiah, his wellbeing,” longtime Patriots captain Matthew Slater informed reporters. “Our complete staff’s praying for him. Simply hoping that issues aren’t as severe as they appear.”

Because it seems Bolden prevented a serious harm, the Patriots will nonetheless take the follow discipline this week. They’re scheduled to follow on Tuesday and Wednesday earlier than flying down on Thursday for Friday’s sport towards the Titans.

The Patriots are additionally coming off a pair of joint practices with the Packers that had been reportedly chippy. Fights broke out between the groups of their joint classes on Wednesday and Thursday with Patriots linebacker Anfernee Jennings getting tossed from one of many practices. A few of that carried into Saturday’s sport, too. Each groups wanted to be separated throughout pregame warmups and 18 complete penalties had been recorded in three-plus quarters of play.

Friday’s preseason sport is the Patriots’ closing contest of their exhibition schedule.