FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were buffeted by questions about embattled wide receiver Julian Edelman on Wednesday. Neither the Patriots head coach nor quarterback bit on either the Edelman questions nor the broader behavior questions being tossed out. A news reporter from WHDH TV was borderline combative with Belichick, firing off repeated questions in the head coach's morning press conference. There were nine questions on Edelman at the start of the press conference. "I dont have any comment," Belichick said to the initial question. "I think his representatives made their comment on it, I dont have anything to add to it." Belichick allowed that he did speak with Edelman about the issue. He declined to reveal details of the conversation and whether Edelman would be subject to discipline. If he is disciplined by the team, the Patriots won't be sharing what the discipline is. Brady, after deflecting questions at the start of his press conference about Edelman, explained later how the team deals with PR issues that don't directly involve them. "You don't talk about it, answer questions when people ask, you just move on," said Brady. Kevin Faulk was more candid on the issue, referencing his own weed arrest in talking with media in the Patriots locker room. Thats over with now, Faulk said. Were focusing on the Giants right now. It happened. The worst thing that can happen, it happened. Now its over. Keep letting everybody else talk about it. Dont worry about it, you got a game to play on Sunday. I was actually in that situation in the offseason a few years ago. So, its one of those things it happened already, move on."Faulk echoed Brady's don't ask, don't tell approach to dealing with the controversy. Dont talk about it, Faulk said. Its hard for you not to hear it. Because the medias talking about it. But at the same time, its not being talked about in here. The thing being talked about is the Giants. As a veteran player, theres a couple of guys that guys will come talk to. That aspect of what they need to do or what they think. Hes talked to coach, hes talked to Mr. Kraft, and they discussed everything. Now, its a dead issue for everyone else on this team. Now, its for him to talk about it or his attorney.
FOXBORO -- It's not often that NFL teams make deals before the trade deadline. Seeing starters get dealt before the deadline is a veritable rarity. It's no wonder linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who started in all seven Lions games this season, reacted the way he did when he was dealt to the Patriots earlier this week.
"I was shocked to go from starting there to traded," Van Noy said during his first back-and-forth with Patriots reporters. "I was shocked. I respect everybody with the Detroit Lions, they'll all be my guys there. Just grateful for the opportunity to come here and get it going."
Van Noy has been working closely with Patriots linebackers and linebackers coach Brian Flores since his arrival, even getting some last-minute notes from Flores before meeting with reporters and heading out to Thursday's practice.
The 6-foot-3, 243-pounder wasn't completely unfamiliar with the operation in New England before being sent to Foxboro along with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a sixth-rounder. He admitted he had "a lot" of contact with the Patriots before being taken in the second round by Detroit.
Now he's playing "catch-up" to learn the Patriots playbook, which could include learning multiple positions within the team's defense. He played mostly as an off-the-line linebacker in Detroit, but when he entered into the league out of BYU, he was considered to have the tools to be a productive pass-rusher as a pro.
Van Noy, who lost about 15 pounds going into this season, indicated that the Lions didn't get the most out of him because of how he was used.
"I mean, they didn't know where to put me," he said. "Here, they want me here, and I'm happy to be wanted."
Van Noy was injured for much of his rookie season and had a hard time making an impact last year. He was relied upon to fill a more substantial role this season, playing in 60 percent of the team's defensive snaps. It's unclear just how Van Noy will fit in as a member of the Patriots, but he says he's willing to do whatever it takes to work his way back up another depth chart.
"I'm here now, and I'm gonna do whatever they have me [do], and whatever they want my weight to be at," he said. "Whatever they want me to do I'm gonna do it because I want to win and be part of this team."
FOXBORO -- Dion Lewis returned to practice for the Patriots on Thursday afternoon. He has not practiced all season and has been on the physically unable to perform list since before the start of training camp.
The clock has now started on the deadline for the Patriots to activate Lewis. The team has three weeks to place him on their 53-man roster. Should the Patriots make the most of that window, they would not activate him until the days leading up to their Week 11 game against the 49ers. He is eligible to be activated as soon as this week and could, in theory, be on the roster for this weekend's matchup with the Bills. The Patriots have an open roster spot at the moment.
Lewis suffered a torn ACL in Week 9 of last season and was progressing well until enduring a stress fracture to his patella. In order to repair the fracture, Lewis underwent a surgical procedure that required screws to be inserted to the affected area.
On Thursday, the Patriots conducted practice in full pads, and the media availbility portion of the session included only stretching and warmups so Lewis was not seen participating in drills.
Lewis established himself as one of the most dynamic backs in the league last season, catching 36 passes for 388 yards and two scores. He also averaged 4.8 yards per carry and ran for two scores, forcing 43 missed tackles in seven games.