Bill Belichick on Patriots medical staff: ‘We have confidence in all of them’
|10.11.13 at 12:01 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Bill Belichick gave a literal vote of confidence to team medical director Dr. Tom Gill in wake of Thursday night’s WEEI.com report that there was “serious concern” over his treatment and procedures on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Belichick was asked if, in light of the report, he had any concern with work of the team’s medical director?
“I think I’ve already talked about that,” Belichick said. “As it relates to our medical people, we have confidence in all of them and they do a good job.”
The situation Belichick was referring to was his defense of Dr. Gill early in training camp in July when the NFLPA reportedly pressured the Patriots to relieve Gill of duties in wake of the Jonathan Fanene case.
‘I feel like we have a lot of players who worked really hard that are obviously in really good condition, that worked hard in this last month to really be ready to go for training camp,’ Belichick said, describing the overall physical condition of his team entering camp. ‘We had a number of guys that were working through various injury situations in the spring but Dr. Gill and [trainer] Jim Whalen and their respective staffs have done an excellent job bringing those guys around. Looks like those players have made a lot of progress. They won’t all be out there but they’re getting close, and that’s encouraging as well.’
New England released Fanene in August 2012 for ‘failure to disclose physical condition’ and tried to recover what it could of the player’s $3.85 million signing bonus. Belichick and Gill both testified against Fanene during a hearing.
ESPN Boston and the NFL Network cited multiple sources in reporting that the grievance against Gill, filed in the summer, was a legal counter-punch, coming from the original grievance filed by the Patriots against Fanene. On Sept. 22, ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss reported a settlement had been reached after the NFLPA dropped its grievance.
In preparing for Fanene’s hearing, two sources told ESPNBoston.com that the NFLPA discovered information it believes may show Gill wasn’t acting in the best interest of Fanene. The information, according to ESPNBoston sources, was an email correspondence with Patriots executives.