FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick was given proper warning. He knew what was coming. Still, he didn't change course.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has missed each of the last two practices, and so the obvious question Friday morning was, "Will he play?"
Before dropping it on Belichick -- who answers just about every injury-related question the same way -- NESN's Doug Kyed said he thought he knew what the answer would be, but...
"So," Belichick interrupted, "why are we gonna ask it then?"
Well, he was told, that's kind of our job.
"We'll list Tom on the injury report like we always do," Belichick offered. "Like everybody else . . . Is that the answer you were hoping for?"
Not exactly, but it was what was expected.
"I don't want to disappoint," Belichick said with a smile.
Brady has been dealing with a knee injury this week, though according to multiple reports, it's not expected to keep him out of Sunday's game against the Jets. Brady suffered a hard hit to his right leg in a Week 10 loss to the Seahawks, but he did not appear on the injury report last week, and he threw four touchdown passes in a win over the 49ers in Santa Clara.
Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett also missed Thursday's practice due to a knee injury, as did special teams captain Matthew Slater.
Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.
Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.
The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.
More to come...
Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment.
Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".
Click here to listen and see how he did.