FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick made it clear on Wednesday: He calls the plays, and the doctors fill out the medical reports.
Belichick was talking about Logan Mankins, who made his training camp debut at the Patriots' light practice on Sunday while recovering from an ACL injury. When asked about his status, Belichick gave his reasons for why it's too early to really tell.
"He didn't do anything on Saturday, he didn't play on Sunday, we didn't practice on Monday, we didn't practice on Tuesday, and here we are on Wednesday -- five days later -- and we want to say, 'Well, how's the player now?' Until he really gets out there and tries to put some stress on whatever the injured area is, it's hard to really be sure," said Belichick before Wednesday's practice. "Yeah, if he's just walking around going to meetings, sure he's fine. But playing football, that's a different story. So we'll see how it is when he gets out there.
"I think we all know and think that Logan's one of the tougher players on our team," added Belichick later. "We have a lot of tough guys, but he's got a lot of physical and mental toughness, no question about that."
The congratulatory messages rolled in for Tom Brady following win No. 201 on Sunday. He heard praise from his teammates and coach Bill Belichick and he received a game ball from Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Two of the guys he recently passed on the all-time wins list reached out as well.
Both Brett Favre (199 career wins) and Peyton Manning (200) touched base with the new record-holder after he surpassed the two retired quarterbacks in back-to-back weeks.
Favre posted a video online to show his support for Brady, which Brady saw after a friend sent it his way, he told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show.
"We were in touch this week a few times just with a couple of things that we were talking about football-wise," Brady said of Favre. "We exchanged some text messages, too. He’s a great guy. He’s someone I’ve always looked up to . . . There’s nobody physically or mentally tougher than that guy and endured the streak that he had. It was incredible. I’ve always really looked up to him. It was really cool."
Manning checked in, as he's wont to do, with something a little more traditional.
"I did hear from Peyton. He's someone that I've always been in touch with for a long time. I've known him for 16 years. He sent me a very nice note," Brady said. "I have a lot of respect for him and all that he accomplished, too. He's a great guy. We share a lot of things in common and I just always appreciate him as well."
Kirk and Callahan co-host Gerry Callahan acknowledged that the NFL sent out a tweet recognizing Brady's achievement, but he wondered if Brady had heard anything from commissioner Roger Goodell. Brady laughed when he heard the question initially. When he didn't respond at first, Callahan circled up again.
"I don't hear anything from the league," Brady said.
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