Foxboro, Mass. When it came down to it, New England coach Bill Belichick figured the Patriots were better with Terry Glenn than without him.
A day after the two met for more than an hour, Glenn practiced with the team on Thursday for just the ninth time this season with the goal of playing this weekend against the Cleveland Browns. It would be just his second game in a season wasted to suspensions, injury and pouting.
"We'll welcome him with open arms because we realize what he means to the team," cornerback Ty Law said. "What kind of teammates would we be if we didn't embrace him?"
Glenn was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season for missing a drug test. When he learned of the suspension, he left training camp, prompting the team to withhold $8.5 million of his signing bonus and try to suspend him for the rest of the season,
The team suspension was overturned by an arbitrator and Glenn returned from his league suspension to catch seven passes for 110 yards and a touchdown in Week 5. But since then he has been out with a hamstring injury that he has since suggested was a ploy to get his money.
Last week, Belichick suspended Glenn for Sunday's game against the New York Jets for refusing to practice. But the two met on Wednesday night for more than an hour and agreed to try to work it out for this week, at least.
"There is an understanding, or we wouldn't be where we are," Belichick said, refusing to give specifics of the meeting. "That's better than where we've been for quite a few weeks."
Glenn declined to comment on Thursday, but he told the Boston Globe, "It looks like I'm going to be playing."
"We talked about some things, and basically we came to the conclusion that I was going to get back out there," he told the paper, adding that he received no promises that he would play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
"I really want to be part of the team. I really do. My whole thing is I don't want to let anybody down. I want to continue to help this team win. They're doing some good things."
Glenn said he didn't think he would have problems with the offense, even though he hasn't played since Oct. 14 in the Pats' victory over San Diego.
"I think with the kind of talent he has, he can sit out training camp and all year and come out and have a great game," Law said. "He is considered our best receiver, and he should be on the field if he is healthy."