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Of course, Belichick downplays Brady on verge of 400 TDs

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Of course, Belichick downplays Brady on verge of 400 TDs

FOXBORO - Is there anything that Tom Brady hasn’t done? In theory, the answer to that question is simple: No. Six Super Bowl trips, four Super Bowl rings, the most TD passes in a single season and a list of other marks that few - if any - in the game’s storied history have accomplished.

Still, there are some statistical milestones that Brady hasn’t quite hit, although one should fall Sunday when the Pats host the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. With just one more touchdown pass, Brady will add his name to a new list - the 400 TD pass crew. Currently, there are just three members: Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Dan Marino.

Now you know Brady. He’s always said winning is the only goal, each and every week. Wednesday morning, his coach, Bill Belichick, went down that same road, as you would expect, when asked about Brady being on the verge of 400.

“Look, Tom’s a great player,” he noted, matter of factly. “We’ve all said that plenty of times. I don’t really care about any records this week. We really need to beat Jacksonville. Whatever our team needs to do to beat them, that’s what we need to do. Set records, that’s a very, very low priority around here, other than winning. Winning record is most important. I don’t think he’ll [Tom] care about it, I don’t think I’ll care about it, I don’t think Josh [McDaniels] will care about it. I think whatever helps us win, i think that’s what we care about.”

Well then, so much for giving me something to be excited for.

Butler: Retweet of Cutler-carving-Patriots-blitz stat 'a big misunderstanding'

Butler: Retweet of Cutler-carving-Patriots-blitz stat 'a big misunderstanding'

FOXBORO -- Malcolm Butler has an unsolved mystery on his hands. 

After Monday night’s loss to the Dolphins, Butler retweeted a Pro Football Focus graphic that detailed how well Jay Cutler did when the Patriots blitzed him.

The retweet was later un-retweeted...or de-tweeted. And Butler said on Wednesday that he wasn't sure how it ended up there in the first place. 

"I don't know," Butler said. "Totally a misunderstanding."

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He was asked if he was hacked. He was asked if he mis-hit the retweet link while scrolling through Twitter. He would not confirm any of those suggestions, insisting he had no idea how it happened and that it was an accident.

Though the retweet, which came relatively quickly after the game, served as an indication of Butler's feelings toward the play-calling in Miami, he did not say much to put to bed any notions that he would've liked to see fewer blitzes. 

When asked if he was disappointed in the gameplan, he replied, "Nah. Next question."

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Injury report: Brady practices, Branch missing

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Injury report: Brady practices, Branch missing

Tom Brady who has missed Wednesday practices the past few weeks and skipped back-to-back practices last week with an Achilles injury, was back at practice today as the Patriots geared up for their showdown with the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Rob Gronkowski was back after missing last week while serving his one-game suspension. Defensive lineman Trey Flowers was back as one of several limited participants after missing the Monday night loss to the Dolphins and newly signed receiver Kenny Britt also practice. Defensive lineman Alan Branch, who injured his knee against the Dolphins, didn't practice.

Here's the full injury report: