Drew Bledsoe expects to miss at least three games after being released from a hospital on Thursday following a hit that caused bleeding in his chest cavity. The New England Patriots quarterback said he felt all right but still experienced pain when he took a deep breath. He was well enough to watch part of practice after leaving Massachusetts General Hospital. 'It could be as short as three weeks. It could be longer than that,' Bledsoe said. 'For the next two weeks, they really don't want me to do anything. No heavy lifting. No strenuous activity. 'They even told me over the next two weeks they don't want me to pick up my kids.' Bledsoe said an artery near his rib cage was partially torn, but he didn't have a collapsed lung and never feared for his life, although the injury was unusual for a football player. He also said he got 'dinged' in the head but didn't say whether it was considered a concussion. 'The only possible long-term effect would be if there were scarring in the chest cavity, which could limit my lung capacity at some point,' Bledsoe said from his home. 'So they're having me make real sure that once an hour I take real deep breaths.' A chest tube inserted to remove the blood, which was recycled into his circulatory system, was taken out on Wednesday, Bledsoe said. Doctors wanted to make sure the injury was healed before he lifted anything heavy.