Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Updated: November 3, 9:14 AM ET
Patriots back away from Edelman issue
By Mike Reiss and Chris Forsberg
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots practiced for the first time since wide receiver Julian Edelman's arrest early Tuesday morning on charges of indecent assault and battery, and while few teammates would discuss the matter, running back Kevin Faulk did.
"It's over with now," said Faulk, of Edelman's arrest for allegedly groping a female patron at a Boston nightclub. "We're focused on the Giants. It happens. But the worst thing happened, now it's over. Keep letting everybody else talk about it and don't worry about it. You got a game to play on Sunday. I was actually in that situation in the offseason a few years ago. It's one of those things where you forget about it. It happened already, so you move on."
Faulk was cited for marijuana possession in his native Louisiana in February of 2008.
Faulk indicated the Edelman situation was acknowledged in the Patriots locker room but is no longer an issue.
"We talk about it; It's hard for you not to hear about it because the media's talking about it," said Faulk. "But at the same time, it's not being talked about in here. The thing being talked about right now is the Giants."
After he was asked if he might take a younger player like Edelman aside and give him a little pep talk, Faulk admitted he would be happy to dispense advice, but again suggested it was in the past.
"At the same time, you talk to Coach [Belichick], you talk to Mr. [Robert] Kraft, and they discuss everything. Now it's a dead issue for anybody else on the team," said Faulk. "Now it's for him to talk about and his attorney to talk about, that's it."
Predictably, coach Bill Belichick wouldn't comment on Edelman at his weekly press conference despite facing rapid-fire queries that included this exchange:
Q: Did you have a conversation with Edelman?
BB: "Yeah, of course."
Q: What was said in that conversation?
BB: "I don't have any comment on it. Those conversations are private, between myself and the player, like all the other ones we have."
Q: You must be disappointed in Edelman.
BB: "Right now we're getting ready for the Giants. That's what our football team is here for, to get ready for the Giants. Big game on Sunday."
Q: Will Edelman play in that game?
BB: "We'll play the best players we can for the game, like we always do. It won't be any different this week than any other week."
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady also wouldn't add fuel to the fire.
"We kind of let Coach Belichick handle that. [Edelman's] our friend," Brady said when asked about the situation. "We're trying to get ready to win a football game. That's kind of what's on my mind. "
Brady was later asked how the team keeps an arrest like Edelman's from being a distraction that affects performance on the field.
"You don't talk about it [and] answer questions when people ask. You just move on," he said.
Edelman was present at Wednesday's Patriots practice but did not make himself available to the media.