FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick was pressed several times at the beginning and end of his Friday news conference about the health of Tom Brady. He would not elaborate on his health and did not mentioned the injured left shoulder.
At the beginning, Belichick was asked what Brady was able to do on Thursday, after being given Wednesday off for "non injury related" issues.
"Play quarterback," Belichick answered.
Pressed toward the end of the 16-minute session about the level of confidence Belichick and the staff have in Brady's ability to perform with an injured left shoulder, Belichick elaborated.
"Anybody we put out on the field, I have confidence in or we wouldn't put him out there," Belichick said. "So if they're out there, we have confidence in him. If they're not out there, there is either another player ahead of him or we're not confident they can go out there [healthy]. It's as simple as that. We're not going to put anybody out there on the field that we don't have confidence in."