ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Patriots coach Bill Belichick is blaming recently instituted NFL rules shortening offseason practice time for what he claims to be an increasing number of player injuries.
Speaking during a conference call with Buffalo-area reporters this week, Belichick said players are more vulnerable to being hurt because they're less prepared. And he called the new rules limiting offseason workouts - including training camp - as being "the wrong approach."
What's in question is whether injuries are, in fact, on the rise since the new rules were put in place in 2011. NFL spokesman Michael Signora disputed Belichick, saying the league has no evidence to back up his assertions.
The NFL closely monitors injury data, but declined to release its numbers.