|12.11.09 at 4:15 pm ET|
Patriots Injury Report
S Bret Lockett (groin) OUT — placed on injured reserve
Did Not Participate
DL Myron Pryor (chest) Doubtful
CB Darius Butler (not injury related) No Status
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/finger/rib) Questionable
RB Fred Taylor (ankle) Questionable
DE Ty Warren (ankle) Questionable
WR Sam Aiken (shoulder) Questionable
LB Tully Banta-Cain (shoulder) Questionable
WR Julian Edelman (forearm) Questionable
DE Jarvis Green (knee) Questionable
T Nick Kaczur (ankle) Questionable
G Stephen Neal (ankle) Questionable
LB Rob Ninkovich (knee) Probable
CB Shawn Springs (knee) Probable
TE Benjamin Watson (knee) Probable
OL Sebastian Vollmer (head) Probable
|12.11.09 at 4:07 pm ET|
FOXBORO – Tom Brady is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Carolina with a right ring finger issue to go along with a rib injury.
Brady was limited at practice on Friday outdoors at Gillette Stadium.
Defensive lineman Myron Pryor missed practice with a chest injury and is listed as doubtful.
|12.11.09 at 3:27 pm ET|
FOXBORO – Say this for Bill Belichick, he still has a sense of humor.
He certainly wasn’t in a laughing mood when Derrick Burgess, Adalius Thomas, Gary Guyton and Randy Moss showed up late for meetings on Wednesday morning and the players blamed it on Mother Nature.
But after sending the four home for the day to think about it, and having Thomas publicly question Belichick for the disciplinary action, Belichick was back in a smiling mood on Friday.
That’s not to say he was talking about the episode on Wednesday or Thomas’ reaction on Thursday. He was still very mum on the subject, interjecting a little humor in the process.
“My focus is on the Carolina Panthers and that’s what I’ve working on all week and what I’ll be working on until Sunday. Do you have a big story on it that I should read. I’ll check it out,” Belichick joked, adding again, “I’m focused on the Panthers.”
|12.11.09 at 3:17 pm ET|
FOXBORO– Derrick Burgess comments on Belichick sending him home Wednesday for being late, Gary Guyton previews the upcoming game against the Panthers and Laurence Maroney talks about leadership in the locker room.
|12.11.09 at 2:25 pm ET|
What did you think of Bill Belichick’s move and Adalius Thomas’s response?
His move did not surprise me at all. I mean, I would say a couple of things surprised me about this. First of all, the move didn’t surprise me, clearly the Patriots players are on notice. We are in emergency lockdown, Three Mile Island, you know, this is code red if there ever has been one around the Patriots right now. This is one week, maybe, if you don’t pay attention to the weather and you set your alarm for 7:15, grab a quick bite and get in the car and realize “I made a terrible mistake” whatever, maybe. But it just strikes me in a week like this that you can’t do that.
It is easy to sit back here and second guess and say you can’t be late and then there is a winter storm, but, you know, how he responded to it did not surprise me at all. I honestly think, because Tom Brady had his baby this week, if this were another week without the baby involved, if Tom Brady showed up one second after 8 o’clock, I think a lot of people view that Bill Belichick would have never done that to Brady, I think in this week he would have done it. In my opinion, I don’t fault him for doing it, especially that one of the guys is Adalius Thomas and him are at cross purposes and he will be out of here at the end of the year.
The one thing about Adalius Thomas is that A) he comes from a place where they played really good defense and so it is not like he is Corey Dillon being rescued from purgatory or worse and being rescued and put on this great football team. And number two, the Patriots defense is worse and he came in to be an accessory to this defense, not to be a serf. In the Baltimore scheme, not that they had a lot of power, but if something wasn’t working they told Rex Ryan and Rex would fix it if he agreed.
I am not saying it is totally dictatorial with the Patriots but it is certainly a lot more so. But, the other part of him that people need to realize is that this is a guy who is a really smart guy who is formerly an intern in a congressman’s office early in his career in Baltimore. He has a lot of things going on in his life, he has a lot of interests and like a said a minute ago, he is not going to be a serf to Bill Belichick. So, if you want to look at it right now, hey, I lined up, I was the leader of the parade, I didn’t think it was a good signing, I thought it was a great signing because the Patriots got him for probably $2 million less a year than he could have got in San Francisco. If you remember that, whenever it was. So, this was a guy who the Patriots got who they thoroughly vetted, who they wanted but it turns out that he is not a good fit for their system and it turns out some of the things they loved about him, his intelligence, his smart play on the field, his ability to relocate to play all over the place, I mean they thought he was going to be a more athletic Vrabel and he has simply has not just turned into that. And now, you are simply not going to just bury his personality, you are going to have to cut him which I am sure that Bill Belichick will do at the end of the year. Read the rest of this entry »
|12.11.09 at 1:57 pm ET|
FOXBORO – Two more of the ‘Tardy Four’ spoke following practice on Friday at Gillette Stadium.
Linebackers Derrick Burgess and Gary Guyton both said the incident is behind them and they are focused on the Carolina Panthers this Sunday in Foxboro.
“I haven’t been sent home since high school,” Burgess said of being sent home on Wednesday. “”Shocked is one of the words you could use but I’m more disappointed in myself.”
Burgess, Guyton, Randy Moss and Adalius Thomas were all sent home for being late due to Wednesday morning snow storm.
“I’ve got to be disappointed in myself. My biggest disappointment is in me because I lead by example. I don’t lead by rah-rah,” added Burgess, who said he will try to leave more time in the future when he knows snow is in the forecast.
But Burgess said this week’s developments have not affected their preparation for Sunday.
“Nah, it’s nothing to do with the game of football on Sunday,” he said. “We’ll be alright.”
“I’m only talking about Carolina, actually,” Guyton said. “Anything that happened in the past is not on my mind. My preparation is still going on.”
Moss is the only player of the four not to speak about Wednesday’s late arrival at Gillette Stadium.
|12.11.09 at 12:40 pm ET|
Don’t think for a minute that just because a running team like the Miami Dolphins threw the ball 52 times last week, amassing 335 yards in the process, indicates that just any team will forego their running game to attack the Patriots.
The Carolina Panthers maintain they are grounded in their approach this week as they take on a Patriots team coming off a 22-21 loss in which Chad Henne had a career game.
We’re likely to see much more of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart (i.e. ‘Double Trouble’) on the Gillette Stadium field turf on Sunday than we are Steve Smith and Muhsin Muhammad, a.k.a Smitty and Moose.
And there’s a simple reason why. The two backs have combined for 1,686 yards and 14 rushing TDs. They are the prototypical two-back NFL offense.
Still, when Matt Moore, who was 14-of-20 for 161 yards last week against Tampa Bay, drops back he will have two of the best play-making receivers in the game at his disposal. Moore will start his second straight in place of Jake Delhomme.
Any chance Smith saw the film of Dolphins receivers getting fed the ball and had visions of a big day on the Gillette Stadium turf?
“Um, not even close. Nope,” Smith said in a matter-of-fact tone.
Why is that?
“I just don’t think that will happen here,” Smith continued. Read the rest of this entry »
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