Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Report: Belichick boots Moss and others
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these New England Patriots from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
Wednesday's first appointment was at 8 a.m. And four of them reportedly were tardy for the meeting because wintry weather conditions caused traffic issues.
Unacceptable. Patriots coach Bill Belichick ordered them out of the facility for the day.
Shalise Manza Young of the Providence Journal reports receiver Randy Moss and linebackers Derrick Burgess, Adalius Thomas and Gary Guyton showed up late Wednesday morning and were told not to bother suiting up for practice.
Four players missing one day of practice won't cripple the Patriots' preparations for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in Gillette Stadium.
Belichick's reported punishment might actually help set a tone for the rest of the season. The Patriots have lost three of their past four games and are only one game ahead of the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets in the AFC East standings.
ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss, who habitually shows up for every event earlier than the ground's crew, noted Belichick wouldn't confirm Manza Young's report four players were sent home.
"Anything that happens with discipline on the team will stay between me and the players," Belichick said.