Was it a silent protest? Was it Tom Brady needling the league after it had decided to send him away for the first four games of the regular season?
Questions abounded when it was discovered recently that Brady had gone much of the summer without an NFL sticker on the back of his helmet -- something that usually comes standard on the back of every NFL player's protective headgear.
Was Brady the one who stipped the sticker off of his helmet? He told Jim Gray of Westwood One on Thursday night that, no, it wasn't him.
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"No, I didn't," he said. "I don't even pay attention to what's on my helmet. I just hope the helmet is functional. That's all I'm trying to get the helmet to be. I don't pay attention to the stickers, or whatever else is on there. I certainly didn't remove anything."
Brady laughed when asked about the sticker. There are those who will remember that he also laughed when he was informed about a potential deflated-football controversy on WEEI on the morning after the AFC title game in 2015.
Might the league come calling again, as it did in that instance, Gray asked sarcastically?
"I hope not. I hope not," Brady said. "It's something . . . I don't know where that came from."
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.
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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.