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Warren said he hoped he would get a chance to return, but wasn't sure until he heard from the team.
"He's a man of his word," said Warren about Bill Belichick when the coach invited him back.
"You get that message of 'don't call us, we'll call you,' you have to think long and hard. But he told me if it was possible for me to be back, he'd give me a call."
Warren said he was glad to come back.
"Last year was a great experience," he said. "It didn't finish the way we wanted it to, but I know the purpose and direction of this team and I wanted to be a part of it again."
He cited four qualities he found during his time in New England that made him eager to be a Patriot again: "It's the preparation, the attention to detail, the camaraderie, and the will to not give up."
NOTES: Belichick said he doubted he would play veterans more than he usually does in the first preseason game against Jacksonville on Thursday. He also said it was "probably right" that players who haven't been practicing won't play against Jacksonville. Belichick said the newly acquired Albert Haynesworth and Shaun Ellis are both "day to day" when it comes to returning to the field. Haynesworth has missed the past four practices. "He's in the 'day to day' category and getting some treatment," Belichick said. "He'll be out there as soon as he can." He said Ellis is in a similar situation. Ellis has been placed on the physically unable to perform list. He can resume practicing whenever he is ready, and still counts against the 90-man roster limit. "He's making progress and getting better," Belichick said.
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