Belichick on Bruschi

Bill Belichick was asked a handful of questions on media reports that linebacker Tedy Bruschi might return to practice in the coming weeks. Here is the Q&A from the Bruschi portion of the press conference.

Would you address the reports that Tedy is considering coming back?
“No. I’ve said all I had to say about the situation. If Tedy has something to say, I’m sure he’s perfectly capable of saying that himself.”

Have you spoken with him about the plans going forward?
“I have nothing to add to that situation whatsoever. Any comments about it should come from Tedy, and I think he’s perfectly capable of commenting on it if he wants to.”


As a player personnel issue [and the fact he’s on the physically unable to perform list], will Tedy have the clock started on him next week?
“If and when Tedy has anything to say, I’m sure he’ll be happy to say it –- whether it’s to you, to me, to whoever. I’m sure that he’s perfectly capable of doing that.”

If he tells you, will you tell [the media]?
“Nothing has changed from the last time I talked [to the media about it], any comments I made. Nothing has changed.”

Would you like to add a veteran linebacker to your roster?
[Belichick smiles, doesn’t answer].

Not to belabor the point, but …
“Why bother?”

… Would you like the situation to be clarified?
“It is clarified. It is what it is. I told you there is nothing more to add to it. Right now our focus is on the Denver Broncos, and that’s it. That’s plenty. Bringing a lot of other –- what could, what couldn’t happen … right now we’re focused on the Denver Broncos and that’s it. If you want to talk about Denver, I’m here to talk about Denver. If you want to get into a bunch of other stuff, I really don’t have anything to add to it. I’m sorry, but I just don’t.”


Bruschi wasn’t present in the locker room during the media access period on Friday.

CONFERENCE CALL: Patriots safety Rodney Harrison is scheduled to hold a conference call at noon EDT today. We’ll have a quick recap of the call later in the day.

SCORING CHANGE: The Elias Sports Bureau made an official statistical change from the Patriots-Falcons game. The sack credited to outside linebacker Willie McGinest with 7:46 remaining in the second quarter was changed, and is now credited to inside linebacker Monty Beisel. Atlanta quarterback Matt Schaub ran out of bounds before the line of scrimmage on the play.

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