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New England Patriots' Michael Floyd living in hotel room following DUI arrest


FOXBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 11 (UPI) — Call it playing it safe or playing it smart. But Michael Floyd plans to do whatever it takes to keep playing in the NFL.

For now that means staying in a hotel room three minutes away from the team facility as the New England Patriots prepare for a divisional playoff contest against the Houston Texans.

“I don’t have family out here with me,” Floyd told the Boston Globe. “I don’t have people calling me all day. There’s a lot of people I knew out there [in Phoenix] than I do out here, so that’s just what it is.”

Floyd was arrested for a DUI in December. He was cut by the Arizona Cardinals soon after, before being plucked off of waivers by the Patriots.

When he’s not staying at his hotel, he eats most of his meals and spends his days at the Patriots’ team facility.

“I’m here for one reason,” Floyd said, via the Globe.

Floyd scored a touchdown, and set up another with a huge block, in the Patriots’ season finale win against the Miami Dolphins on Jan. 1. He is due back in court on Feb. 24 for a pre-trial hearing for the DUI he received in Scottsdale.

Floyd ended his most recent interview after reporters asked him if he has had a drink of alcohol since arriving in Foxborough.

“Unbelievable,” wide receiver Julian Edelman said of Floyd after the team’s win in Miami. “Mike came in here, he has been here for like two weeks, and he had a big opportunity this week to come in and help us and he made some plays. He’s tough. He’s physical. He can be in the room anytime I’m here. I like him.”

The Patriots host the Texans at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at Gillette Stadium.

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