Patriots' view on Goldson appeal

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- About 10 minutes before news broke that Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson won his appeal to overturn a one-game suspension -- making him available to play Sunday against the Patriots -- New England coach Bill Belichick was asked about how the team was approaching Goldson's status.

He said the team was preparing for Goldson to play regardless.

"It's no different than a player that is questionable for the game. If they're there, they're there. If they're not, they're not. We have to prepare for him, and we have to prepare for whoever the next person is," Belichick said.

"We go through that every week. We prepare for everybody. You know as well as I do, the first play of the game the guy who's in there could be out. So we have to be ready for everybody and whoever it is, that's who it will be. We'll see what happens on that one, but we're preparing for everybody at this time."