While Adalius Thomas's comments in the locker room Thursday garnered headlines, it shouldn't overshadow the more important news surrounding the Patriots: Tom Brady's health.
A timeline of Brady's injuries:
Thursday, Sept. 10: Appears on first participation/injury report of the season. Right shoulder. He is listed as probable each week, with full participation in practice, throughout Week 13.
Friday, Dec. 4: For the first time, an additional injury is added next to Brady's name -- his finger.
Sunday, Dec. 6: A close-up CBS camera shot during the Patriots' game at the Dolphins shows bruising near the nail of Brady's right ring finger.
Sunday, Dec. 6: As he throws a 58-yard touchdown pass to Randy Moss in the first quarter, Brady takes a big hit from Dolphins DL Randy Starks and OLB Joey Porter. He immediately heads to the locker room under his own power.
Sunday, Dec. 6: Brady doesn't miss any action. After the game, he is asked why he headed to the locker room and says: "I needed to come in and get some stuff taken care of; I’m not going to tell you guys [specifics]."
Wednesday, Dec. 9: Brady misses his first practice of the season. It is unclear if it is injury related (right shoulder/right finger) or because of the birth of his son the day before.
Thursday, Dec. 10: Brady misses his second practice of the season. On the team's participation report later that day, the Patriots disclose a new injury for Brady -- his ribs.