By Tom E. Curran
FOXBORO - The news that Antonio Cromartie thinks Tom Brady is an a@& was dutifully carried to the quarterback's locker this morning. His reaction was about what you'd expect. "I've been called a lot worse," said Brady. "I'm sure there's a long list of people that feel that way."Reflexively, the quarterback noted that Cromartie is a great player. Standard operating procedure. Really, this is getting to be a bit of a tired subject. We're chronicling what various Jets say about Brady as if it's going to have a concrete impact on anything to do with the football game. And there is a football game.
If Cromartie genuinely believes what he said, he's no doubt called Brady that --or
worse -- on the field by now. And the Patriots are not going to rise to that bait before the game. "We're spending our time getting ready to play," he said. "I don't think we're spending our time figuring out what we can do to combat what people may say about us. Not everybody has great things to say about our team or organization, or certain players. That's kind of the way it's always been. We're just going to do our talking on the field. That's the way we've always chosen to do it."This much is true: if history holds, the Jets will fill our notebooks and recorders during the week. Sunday night, the Patriots will return fire after the game.
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FOXBORO - Scratch the estimable Sammy Watkins from the Bills roster for Sunday.
Buffalo shared via Twitter that their long, tall wideout is out for Sunday with a foot injury. Also down are wideout Greg Salas and left tackle Cyrus Kouandijo.
The Bills' starting left tackle Cordy Glenn has been dealing with an ankle injury that caused him to miss last week's game.
Robert Woods will be the Bills best outside threat with Watkins taking Sunday off. The Bills' talented corner Ronald Darby is also trying to get back this week from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss last week's game with Arizona.
FOXBORO - There were no tells about the Patriots quarterback situation for Sunday during the portion of Friday practice the media was allowed to watch.
Jimmy Garoppolo, who on Wednesday was seen throwing short and medium-range passes without a lot of zip, hasn't thrown a ball with media in attendance since. Friday morning, after stretching and jogging, Garoppolo began a session feigning taking a snap from a center and going into a drop. But he did so without a football in his hands.
Rookie Jacoby Brissett did flip a few passes during the jogging and stretching portion and, while he was wearing gloves, he is showing no signs of favoring his right thumb.
So the question isn't whether the Patriots have any quarterbacks for Sunday against the Bills, it's whether or not they'll have Garoppolo. Certainly, it's a question that's been on the mind of Bills head coach Rex Ryan who keeps speaking the truth in jest by referencing the uncertainty around the Patriots situation.
After being on the field in limited capacity all week, it's a certainty that Garoppolo dresses for the Bills game. Whether he plays and how effective he might be remains anything but certain.