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METAIRIE, La. -- James Laurinaitis expects to be released from the New Orleans Saints injured reserve list soon, which will free him to sign with other teams, a league source confirmed.The news was first reported by NFL Networks Mike Garafolo.Laurinaitis, 29, was placed on IR two weeks ago with a quad injury -- which is not expected to be a long-term issue. The move was at least partly performance-related, since the Saints promoted veteran Craig Robertson into the starting middle linebacker spot while Laurinaitis was still playing through the injury.Laurinaitis had not missed a game -- and barely missed a snap -- during his first seven seasons with the St. Louis Rams, where he became the franchises all-time leading tackler with 852 before being released in February.He then signed a three-year deal with the Saints but started just three games with 17 tackles before suffering the quad injury in Week 3.Its definitely frustrating, Laurinaitis said last week after being placed on IR. You want to be out there and contribute with the guys any way possible. But I think my mindset now is just mentally staying engaged and just helping in any way, shape or form in the locker room.When asked if he thinks the IR move was partly performance-related, Laurinaitis said, Im probably the wrong person to ask. I think its probably a little bit of both.I know with the injuries that weve already had at linebacker they made a decision they thought the team needed to make, so you cant fault them for that, Laurinaitis said. And I dont know what their big picture of kind of the map of the squad is, but they did what was best for the team.Laurinaitis deal was worth $8.25 million, plus incentives. But nothing was guaranteed beyond this years $3.25 million in salary and bonuses.The Saints were hoping he would be a quarterback for their defense, which struggled last year with assignment and alignment errors. 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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Bill Belichick doesnt need any extra incentive heading into this weeks home opener against division rival Miami.He made it clear that nothing -- not even having to share the Patriots facilities with a Bruce Springsteen concert -- was distracting him from preparing for the Dolphins.While Belichick acknowledged he had seen a few wild Springsteen concerts, his focus this week is only amplified by the performance of his team in last years regular-season finale at Miami, which he called sickening.Im working on Miami. I dont do concerts, I dont do banners, I dont do parking, I dont do concessions, he said Wednesday.Belichick acknowledged there was some lingering bitterness after Januarys 20-10 loss, which kept the Patriots from securing the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. New England won its divisional playoff game at home against Kansas City, but had to go on the road for the AFC championship game, a 20-18 loss to Denver.Its the main reason why Belichick said it hasnt been difficult to turn the page after last weeks gutty opening win at Arizona.All youve got to do is turn on our game against Miami last year. Its sickening. Yeah, it doesnt take long at all, he said. It wasnt very good: bad coaching, bad playing, just bad period.The shortcomings were all over the field.Tom Brady completed a season-low 21 passes for 134 yards. It was also his only game all season he didnt have a touchdown pass. It wasnt until James White caught a short pass over the middle and rumbled for a 68-yard gain in the third quarter that the Patriots were able to set up their lone touchdown.The defense had a tough time containing Ryan Tannehill, who threww for 350 yards and two touchdowns.ddddddddddddId say the thing thats most etched in my mind, and Im sure our teams, is the last time we went down there it was a pretty rough day for us, Belichick said.Other than James White breaking a tackle we barely had 100 yards of offense. Couldnt play defense, couldnt really do anything.Improving on that result may not be easy.The Patriots took the field against Arizona short-handed, with tight end Rob Gronkowski sidelined with a hamstring issue. Also out were left tackle Nate Solder (hamstring) and right guard Jonathan Cooper (foot). All three were listed as limited participants Wednesday as New England got back on the practice field.The defense also began the week down a starter, with linebacker Donta Hightower unable to practice because of a knee injury. He started against the Cardinals, finishing with one tackle.Safety Devin McCourty, voted a co-captain this season along with Hightower, Gronkowski and Matt Slater, said they received the game plan for Miami just hours after returning from Arizona.Following a day off Tuesday, on-field preparations for the Dolphins didnt begin in earnest until Wednesday.But its nothing this team isnt used to, McCourty said.No ones better than turning the page and getting ready for the next game than Bill, McCourty said. Thats the good thing about this team. 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