THE MEDICAL ON MERIWEATHER Patriots coach Bill Belichick would rather coach in another Pro Bowl than discuss the whereabouts of any of his missing players. But Patriots first-round draft pick Brandon Meriweather was not on the field at minicamp this week due to a hamstring injury. Meriwhether injured his hamstring over three weeks ago and the Patriots have been extremely careful about not rushing him back on to the field. They held him out of this week's minicamp, though Meriweather was in the team's training facility going through rehab. One reason the Patriots are being so cautious with Meriweather is that they do not want to see a repeat of last year, when second-round draft pick Chad Jackson suffered a hamstring injury early on that lingered throughout the season. Jackson never seemed to be able to get back to full speed, and New England wants to ensure that it gives Meriwhether every opportunity to get healthy as soon as possible so that it can use him at safety, often covering the other team's slot receiver. And here's a matchup to watch that was cooked up on draft day. The Patriots drafted Meriweather to cover slot receivers and the Colts' first-round pick was slot receiver Anthony Gonzalez. The Patriots and Colts have had some great showdowns recently, and Meriweather and Gonzalez could wind up having some as early as this season.