Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas showed one way to react to being punished:Don't apologize
, and come out guns blazing about the unfairness of it all. (We're glad Thomas had his rant because it inspired this back cover
of the Boston Herald.)
Fellow veteran Derrick Burgess took a different approach Friday. He blamed himself
Burgess was asked if he was shocked by the decision to send him home: "Shocked is one of the words you can use, but I'm more disappointed in myself."
The former Raider understood that "late is late. . . . My big disappointment is in me. I lead by being an example. I don't lead by being 'rah, rah.' I was disappointed in myself."
Randy Moss and linebacker Gary Guyton did not address the situation Friday, although Guyton did speak with the media.
Anyone hoping that Bill Belichick was going to be set off from Thomas' words were disappointed Friday. And haven't watched many Belichick pressers.
Asked about his ornery player, Belichick avoided the situation
, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston.
"My focus is on the Carolina Panthers. That's what I've been working on all week. That's what I'm going to work on until Sunday. ... Do you have a big story on it I should read? [Smiling] I'll check it out."