Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Belichick on travel, Allen, Spikes
By Mike Reiss
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick held his weekly Tuesday conference call, and here were the biggest takeaways:
1. Team could travel Friday: In the past, when the Patriots play a game at 1 p.m. local time in the mountain or pacific time zone, they often travel a day earlier than norm (Friday instead of Saturday). Belichick said that possibility was in play this week. With Friday's media schedule set up earlier than the norm, it looks as if the team could be leaning in that direction.
2. No update on punter: Asked if punter Ryan Allen will be available to the team Sunday, Belichick said the team will submit its injury report when the league requires it, which will be Wednesday in the late afternoon/early evening. This is a common answer from Belichick on injury-related questions, as he seldom offers up information that could affect what he perceives as a competitive advantage. Later in the call, Belichick didn't rule out the possibility of kicker Stephen Gostkowski punting, or a free-agent punter joining the team as late as Friday and punting in the game, although both scenarios seem unlikely.
3. No comment on Spikes: The agent for linebacker Brandon Spikes released a statement late Monday stating that Spikes didn't want to be placed on season-ending injured reserve. Asked about the statement, Belichick said: "I'll talk about the game and the players that are on our roster. I'm not going to talk about any players that aren't currently on the active roster."