Belichick asked about Brady's shoulder

December, 30, 2011
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about quarterback Tom Brady's injury status during his Friday news conference, the questions coming at two different times.

Here is the Q&A:

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

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

Reporter: What was he able to do yesterday?

Belichick: Play quarterback.

Reporter: 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.

Reporter: 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.

Reporter: So it was a planned day off?

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

Reporter: Circling back to Brady, what is your level of confidence that he'll be able to play at a high level with this recent injury?

Belichick: Anybody we put out on the field, I have confidence in or we wouldn't put him out there. 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."

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

Belichick: If he's not out there, it won't be because we don't have confidence in him [from a playing perspective]. Whatever it is [injury-wise], 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."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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