FOXBOROUGH — Patriots coach Bill Belichick was terse in his response during Monday’s teleconference to repeated questions about injured tight end Rob Gronkowski, who reaggravated his fractured left forearm in Sunday’s 41-28 divisional playoff victory over the Texans and underwent season-ending surgery Monday.
“I already covered that [Sunday],” Belichick said, repeatedly. “I have nothing to add to it.”
While he shut down any attempts to reveal the decision-making process a coach goes through before using an injured player who’s been medically cleared to play, Belichick seemed to give a glimpse of that when he was asked about the status of running back Danny Woodhead, who injured his left thumb on the team’s first offensive snap.
Woodhead left the game and did not return, although he did emerge from the locker room to return to the bench.
“Danny was examined and back on the sideline for the remainder of the game,” Belichick said. “Had we needed to use him, he would have been available to go back in there. Now that we are into a new week, we will re-address the whole situation and try to get a good feel of what he would and wouldn’t be available to do, and how functional he would be doing it.
“So I would say that’s something we’ll have to look at during the week,” Belichick said. “Assuming the doctors clear him to play, which is a medical decision, then the next situation would be from a football decision, what can he do and how well can he do it? What is he, and we, comfortable with him doing in this week’s game/gameplan. That would all be determined at a later point in time.”