The Patriots have a short week to prepare for their Thanksgiving game against the Jets, but on Monday, New England's tight ends were the focus.
Bill Belichick's conference call was all of two minutes old before the first question came.
Is there any update on Rob Gronkowski and his broken forearm?
"I don't really have anything," New England's coach said. "Our medical people are looking at all the players today when they come in, trying to assess their situations as they always do on Monday. I'll catch up with them."
There's been debate by fans and analysts alike about whether or not Gronkowski should have even been on the field when the injury occurred. At the time, New England had scored yet again to go up on the Colts. Gronkowski was in to block on the extra point.
Belichick was asked why the invaluable tight end was out there.
"It's one of his roles and jobs of the game," Belichick said.
Mention of Gronkowski's consistent spot on the injury report thanks to a hip injury did little to inspire regret in the coach. Special teams is serious business.
"It's an important job, whoever does it," Belichick concluded.
He had just as much information to offer regarding Aaron Hernandez, who's been struggling to get over a Week 2 ankle injury. At least one report has Hernandez returning for Thursday's Jets game.
Belichick wouldn't touch it.
"I don't know," Belichick said. "We'll see what players are playing probably later on in the week. We think we'll be able to project what they do in practice. We take it day by day."
Hey, Al Horford. No pressure, but these upcoming playoffs are on you.
The Celtics are having a great REGULAR season. But for this postseason to be anything but regular, Al needs to come up big.
To his credit, he's done that recently. But he need to play even better in the playoffs. Better isn’t even the right word. Power. That’s it: Power. Horford needs to play with more power.
The problem is this has never really been his game, and therefore it may prove the Celtics overpaid when they gave him a max contract.
During his 74 postseason games with the Hawks, Horford averaged 12.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. This season he has averaged 6.9 rebounds for the Celtics. There's no way his rebounding numbers an be that low in the playoffs.
I want at least 18 points and 8 rebounds per game from him over the course of the Celts post season run. And NO THREEs. I know the guy can shoot, but he needs to keep that 6-foot-10 body of his twelve feet or less from the hoop.
So if the Celtics let you down or underperform this spring, it won't be on Isaiah. It will be on you, Al.
Again, no pressure.
PHOENIX -- The Patriots pulled off what many considered a surprise free-agent signing when they acquired corner Stephon Gilmore. As it turns out, before they picked up the former Bills cover man, they inquried about a separate move that would have been even more eye-opening.
According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, ahead of coming to a deal with Gilmore, the Patriots were among the teams that spoke to the Seahawks about a potential trade for Richard Sherman.
During the NFC coaches breakfast on Wednesday morning at the Arizona Biltmore, Seattle coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that multiple teams have contacted the Seahawks about Sherman. But, Carroll said, "I don't see anything happening at all."
Sherman, who turns 29 next season, will make $11.431 million for 2017. He's due $11 million in the final year of his contract in 2018.