Watch: Patriots train through ‘cyclone bomb’
DEFENDING Super Bowl champion New England was forced to practice indoors on Thursday but every Patriots player worked out despite a huge winter "bomb cyclone" that combined blizzard-like snow and hurricane-strength winds.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick, whose team has a bye through this week's opening round of the NFL playoffs, did not change his strict policy about players arriving on time for practices despite weather advisories for people to stay off the roads. Every player made it on time.
"You certainly better leave yourself enough time to get here on time," special teams captain Matthew Slater said.
"We all know there's weather. We live in New England. There's going to be weather." Belichick did conduct the workout indoors instead of outside, saying he made the decision "when I felt like that was the best thing for us to do."
The team's only practices this week were Wednesday and Thursday.
Heavy snow and strong winds caused the postponement of the Boston Bruins' scheduled National Hockey League home game against the Florida Panthers.
More than 700 flights had been cancelled and coastal flooding had been reported with brutal cold expected to follow once the storm subsides.
Extended forecasts for January 13, when the Patriots are scheduled to host a second-round NFL playoff game, are for snow with sub-freezing temperatures.