New England Patriots players can cross "act of God" off their list of possible excuses to be late for practice.
Special teams star Matthew Slater said Wednesday that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick made it clear he wouldn't have any time for players who blamed inclement weather for failing to be at practice on time.
"You certainly better leave yourself enough time to get here on time tomorrow," Slater said, per ESPN.com's Mike Reiss. "We all know there is weather. Coach has mentioned that several times to the team, so I wouldn't want to be the guy who is late tomorrow.