ThomasAt least one of the laggards won't be on the field Sunday against the Carolina Panthers in Gillette Stadium.
Thomas, also a healthy scratch in Week 6, was the only one of the four to react negatively after Belichick sent them home for arriving late to a team meeting Wednesday morning because wintry weather made for treacherous driving conditions.
"Motivation is for kindergarteners," Thomas told reporters Thursday. "I'm not a kindergartner. Sending somebody home, that's like 'He's expelled. Come back and make good grades.' Get that [expletive] out of here. That's ridiculous. Motivation?"
Burgess publicly accepted responsibility for being late. Guyton refused to discuss their banishment but fielded questions about the Panthers. Moss didn't speak to reporters at all.