Extra Points

5 from Gillette

FOXBOROUGH — With plenty of activity here at Gillette Stadium, here are five nuggets that stand out from interviews and access to the locker room:

  • 1.) Kyle Brady in the locker room. There has been some question as to the injury status of Brady, who left Sunday’s game in the second quarter with a foot injury and did not return. Is it short-term? Long-term? Brady walked into the locker room with about two minutes remaining in the media-access period and was asked how he was feeling. “Not too bad,” Brady said. “I’m taking it one day at a time, pretty much.” Asked specifics about his injury and status, Brady said: “I can’t answer those questions. I can’t touch those.”
  • 2.) Back to full pads in practice. After two Wednesdays in which the Patriots had no-pads, slow-tempo walkthrough practices, players were dressing in full pads for today’s workout. Part of being a head coach is gauging the energy level of a team, and Bill Belichick had pulled back a bit the last two weeks. But today, the team appears as if it will be back to banging a bit. Wednesday is usually the day in which the majority of the game-plan is installed, and the team will be practicing inside the stadium today.
  • 3.) Tom Brady on the Pro Bowl. In his press conference, QB Tom Brady was asked about being selected to his fourth Pro Bowl. “Obviously, it’s always an honor to be selected, and to have your peers recognize you, and the fans and coaches. It’s always a very nice thing. I think you’ll probably look back at the end of your career and appreciate it,” he said. “But this is certainly a team game and it’s been a fun year because it’s been such a team effort. … I can say this, though, the 14 wins are a helluva lot better than any selection to any All-Star game.”
  • 4.) Wes Welker on missing Pro Bowl. Receiver Wes Welker said he understood why he wasn’t voted to the Pro Bowl, as the four receivers selected have had super seasons — Randy Moss, Reggie Wayne, Braylon Edwards and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. “I think a lot of guys are deserving, especially at my position,” Welker said. “It’s one of those deals that doesn’t mean that much. It would be nice, but we have bigger goals to tackle.”
  • 5.) Rashad Moore and the open roster spot. For those updating Patriots rosters at home, newly signed nose tackle Rashad Moore will wear No. 95. Moore, who has experience as a nose tackle in the 3-4 defense, wore 63 in training camp and said he held out hope for a return to New England before the end of the season. In signing Moore and waiving defensive backs Rashad Baker and Eddie Jackson on Tuesday, the Patriots have an open roster spot. Coach Bill Belichick was asked about Moore and the open roster spot during his press conference and said: “We’ll see how that goes this week. We’ll do whatever we think is best for the team. Moore gives us a little bit of depth there on the defensive line, where we really only had five guys. With the DBs, we’ll see how that plays out. We have several different options and we’ll just see how it all works out.”
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