New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 28: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on during training camp at Gillette Stadium on August 28, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Dwyer-Pool/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

The weather in Massachusetts is less-than-ideal for Patriots practice on Wednesday, as freezing-cold temperatures will give way to one of the biggest snowstorms in the past few years. So Bill Belichick decided to move practice inside to the Empower Field House.

If Sunday’s game between the Patriots and the Miami Dolphins were to be at Gillette Stadium, it’s possible that Belichick would make his guys practice in the elements to prepare for what it would be like on Sunday. But since the forecast calls for a brisk 77 degrees and sun in Miami, there’s no need for that this week.

The snow isn’t coming to Foxborough until Wednesday night, but temperatures will be in the mid-20s around the time the Pats practice. Winter Storm Gail is projected to dump 10-16 inches of snow on most of Massachusetts on Wednesday night into Thursday morning, and also bring high winds and coastal flooding.

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As far as attendance, all eyes continue to be on Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and whether the Patriots will have him at practice, which would start the 21-day “clock” to activate him from injured reserve. More will be known about that after practice takes place Wednesday afternoon.

“Yeah, Julian, I’d put him in the day-to-day category,” Belichick said Wednesday. “But, when he’s ready, we’ll start him. If he’s not ready, then we’ll keep working and we’ll wait until he’s ready.”

Edelman would return to a Patriots team whose playoff chances have reached slim-to-none status, at 6-7 with a three percent chance of playing in January.

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