FOXBORO — Rex Burkhead celebrated a full week of not injuring Tom Brady in practice by holding court with media members Friday.
The topics were the usual — prep for the Super Bowl, what it’s like to face the Patriots and then join them during this run, etc. — but the most important question Burkhead could answer these days (other than “are you going to injure Tom Brady again?”; that wasn’t asked) was about his health.
After all, one of the eyebrow-raisers from last week’s AFC Championship win over the Jaguars was that Burkhead had a season-low three snaps in his return from a knee injury.
Of course, there’s always uncertainty in a player’s first game back; it just seemed safe to assume he’d have more than one rush for five yards and a target that he didn't catch.
At any rate, Burkhead says he’s healthy.
“I’m feeling good,” Burkhead. “I’m good.”
Asked about the low snap count, Burkhead said he does “whatever the coaches want” him to do.
They want him to play well when healthy, something for which Burkhead certainly hopes as he plays in his first Super Bowl.
They also want him to not injure Tom Brady, but there’s only time you can make that reference in a short post.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's potential retirement has been the main storyline of the team's offseason workouts. After telling Oprah Winfrey in an interview that he is thinkning about retirement more than he used to, the five-time Super Bowl champion wrote a cryptic response to an ESPN Instagram post.
The photo contained the full retirement quote from the Oprah interview, while Brady's account sent a response saying, "Cuarenta y cinco," which means 45 in Spanish. Brady turns 41 on August 3rd, which would give him at least four more years under center for New England if he wants to play to 45 years old.
There is also the chance that the response alludes to a potential contract extension where Brady could want $45 million in potential negotiations. Brady reportedly wanted a new contract back in April, as he is signed through 2019 making a $14 million base salary that ranks fifth among NFL quarterbacks.
According to MMQB's Albert Breer on Monday, the New England Patriots reportedly talked to four "trusted" teams about a potential trade for the two-time Super Bowl champion pass catcher.
The reported teams were the Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers. The Lions are led by former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as their head coach. New England's former director of pro scouting, Bob Quinn, is Detroit's general manager. Mike Vrabel, the head coach of the Titans, won three Super Bowls in New England as a linebacker and former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien is the head coach in Houston. San Francisco was New England's trade partner in the Jimmy Garoppolo trade last season.
Gronkowski did not commit to returning to the Patriots until a few days before the draft, and also missed most of the team's voluntary offseason workouts. The Patriots and the tight end are reportedly working on a contract extension.