Belichick mum on QB situation as Patriots return to practice


The Patriots are gathering as a team Saturday at Gillette Stadium for the first time since Monday night in Kansas City. There they will have their first and only practice ahead of Monday's game against the Broncos.

Following three players being placed on the COVID list this week -- Cam Newton, Stephon Gilmore and practice squad defensive tackle Bill Murray -- the team made the decision to close the facility Wednesday-Friday. As a result, Sunday's game was moved to Monday.

As for who will start at quarterback Monday, Bill Belichick stressed he and the team are taking things "day-by-day" and "hour-by-hour."

He had the same line to multiple questions related to the QB position, although he did say he does not anticipate Newton or Gilmore practicing on Saturday.

“We’re hour-to-hour. It’s 8:30 on Saturday morning," Belichick said on a conference call. "We’ll go through practice, go through the next day, today, tomorrow, just see how things — it’s the same at every position, honestly. We haven’t seen our team since Monday night in Kansas City. We haven’t done anything together except have virtual meetings. I am not sure where we are in a lot of cases. We even haven’t had an in-person staff meeting. We’ve been able to talk about things, but talking about things is one thing, doing them is a whole other story. We’ll take it as it comes.

"I appreciate all the questions. They are all the same. Just change the name and the subject and they are all the same. I am not trying [to make] decisions about Sunday, Monday or anything else. I am trying to make the most of our opportunity today and we will evaluate that and see what we need to do next and continue those preparations up until game time. Sorry I can’t give you a better answer to those questions. They are all the same questions, but unfortunately the answers are all the same, too.”

Belichick and his team will make the most of Saturday, as he noted it's an important day in terms of preparing for Denver.

“It’s good to be back in the stadium and have everyone back in the facility," he said. "It’s been several days since we had the opportunity to do that -- with the players and the staff and all of us together collectively. Today is an important day for our preparation against the Broncos. We’ve had several days now of virtual meetings between the staff members and from staff to the players. We’ve been able to cover a lot of things, but haven’t spent any time together. Today is our opportunity to do that and we look forward to that.”

The Patriots will hold a walkthrough Sunday before Monday's game, which is set for 5:02 p.m.