INDIANAPOLIS — Every member of the Patriots (except recent hire Josh McDaniels) was made available to the media this morning before the team’s practice. Now that yesterday’s media day spectacle is over, players can focus on preparing for Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Giants.
Don’t be surprised if the New York newspapers pounce on Tom Brady again. The Patriots quarterback, asked an innocuous question about the relationship with his family, especially his father, took a not-so-subtle dig at Buffalo. And since Buffalo is in New York, expect a swift overreaction.
“Even when I started my pro career, he traveled to Buffalo. I don’t know if you guys have ever been in the hotels in Buffalo, but they’re not the nicest places in the world,” Brady said, referring to his father, Tom Brady Sr., attending some of the Patriots’ away games.
Matt Light, who missed media day with a stomach bug, spoke to reporters, and said he was feeling better. Sebastian Vollmer also spoke, and said he’s optimistic he’ll be able to play; Vollmer, recovering from back and foot injuries, hasn’t played sinced Nov. 27.
Rob Gronkowski, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the AFC Championship, didn’t appear to be limping, and wasn’t in the protective boot that he’s been wearing. Coach Bill Belichick, asked if Gronkowski would practice today, gave a vague “we’ll see how he is later today, see what he can do” answer.