Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib didn’t say much more than the fact he was “day to day,” but the fact he said anything could be a sign he’s close to a return.
Talib talked to reporters for the first time since a hip injury which has sidelined him since Week Six, though he has practiced.
“Definitely man, any time you have to watch the guys go to war without you man, that’s the worst thing in the world,” Talib said, via Field Yates of ESPN.com.
Talib said last week’s bye came “at the perfect time,” and all indications are he’s feeling well.
If he’s back Monday night, he’ll have a familiar view, as he’ll be lined up across from Panthers receiver Steve Smith, who he faced twice a year while with the Buccaneers.
“He brings it every Sunday or Monday or whenever the game is,” he said. “Steve’s gonna bring it. If you’re competitive like that, you’re gonna be successful.”
Being successful and building on their five-game win streak will be more difficult if Talib’s out there shadowing Smith.