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Bill Belichick faces the music on Tom Brady and his left shoulder

12.30.11 at 12:51 pm ET
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Tom Brady was again the primary focus of discussion on Friday. (AP)

FOXBORO — The moment Bill Belichick stepped into the media workroom Friday, he knew what was coming after his opening monologue about the 6-9 Bills.

How is Tom Brady and his banged up left shoulder?

First, there was the unfinished business from Thursday. Albert Breer from the NFL Network pressed Belichick several times at the beginning about Brady. How was Brady and what was he able to do at practice?

“Play quarterback,” answered Belichick, who would not elaborate on his health and did not mentioned the injured left shoulder.

The full exchange with Breer:

Breer: Do you anticipate Tom being able to practice today?

Belichick: We’ll list his status at the end of practice.

Breer: What was he able to do yesterday?

Belichick: Play quarterback.

Breer: So he did practice?

Belichick: He did, just the way we listed him [on the participation report as limited]. It’s what we do after every practice.

Breer: So he wasn’t injured during the week? He was listed as not practicing Wednesday because of non-injury related reasons.

Belichick: I think we’ve covered that. I think we’ve already talked about that.

Breer: So it was a planned day off?

Belichick: We’ve covered it. It’s all been covered.

After about 15 minutes, ESPN’s Mike Reiss broached the Brady subject again. What was Belichick’s confidence in Brady’s ability to compete at his normal high level in light of the injury?

“Anybody we put out on the field, I have confidence in or we wouldn’t put him out there,” Belichick began, before elaborating. “So if they’re out there, we have confidence in him. If they’re not out there, there is either another player ahead of him or we’re not confident they can go out there and do it [health-wise]. It’s as simple as that. We’re not going to put anybody out there on the field that we don’t have confidence in.”

Reiss: What is your confidence level in Tom this week?

“If he’s not out there, it won’t be because we don’t have confidence [about his health],” Belichick said. “Whatever it is, we’ll list it as accurately as we can based on the information we have, which is what we always do. Sometimes that information changes, obviously, and we’ll do the best we can with the information we have, like we always do. It’s no different than anything else.”

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