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Lloyd: 'We're not playing against Joe Namath'

Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff  October 17, 2012 01:31 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots receiver Brandon Lloyd, who missed a few plays after landing hard on his left shoulder late in Sunday's 24-23 loss at Seattle, had a simple, single-word response when asked about his health before today's practice.

"Fine," Lloyd said.

We'll see in a few hours what injury, if any, Lloyd might be suffering from, since Wednesday is the first practice/injury report owed to the league. The Patriots were going through a walk-through on the practice field behind Gillette Stadium -- no pads, no helmets -- in preparation for Sunday's visit by the Jets.

For Lloyd, it'll be his first taste of the Patriots-Jets rivalry. He was asked if he knew much about the heated history between the teams.

"No, I don't," Lloyd said. "Do you want to enlighten me?"

Told that it likely resembles any kind of rivalry game Lloyd has played in, he was able to put the game in the proper context.

"I think the best thing is just approach it like a normal game," Lloyd said. "As a player, I think the build-up is more so for the fans and the history, but these are current teams, current rosters. We’re not playing against Joe Namath or anything like that.

"It’s a game, it’s an important game, but from our standpoint, we’re just going to prepare for it like it’s a regular game."

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