Belichick gives team night off ... sort of

Updated: August 25, 2011, 9:16 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Deion Branch's eyes shot wide and he offered a quizzical glance when a reporter suggested Thursday that the Patriots had gotten to see a looser side of coach Bill Belichick the day before.

"We did?" Branch asked, his voice jumping up an octave.

Well, there was rock star Jon Bon Jovi prowling around the practice field before the team's afternoon session and then a candy-coated trip to the movies at night to meet boxer Micky Ward and watch the flick he inspired, ...

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