Fresh off Sunday’s 34-9 win over the Detroit Lions, Tom Brady joined WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan Show for his weekly appearance on Monday morning. The New England Patriots quarterback discussed the likes of cornerback Darrelle Revis, retired receiver Randy Moss, current New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., as well as the upcoming game against the Green Bay Packers.
But he also discussed Patriots running back Jonas Gray, who was sent home from Friday’s practice for arriving late, and was not sent onto the field by head coach Bill Belichick during Sunday’s game versus Detroit.
“Those are always coach’s decisions to do certain things,” Brady said.
Gray played zero snaps in Week 12, just one week after playing 57 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus, on his way to 201 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries.
“It’s unfortunate for everybody involved,” Brady added. “You never want to see those things, because all these guys are important to us, and Jonas is a big part of our team and a big part of the reason why we won a huge game in our season. You just hate to see someone disciplined, but that’s just the way coach decided to handle it.”
Gray, who is on his third team since entering the league as an undrafted rookie in 2012, was promoted from New England’s practice squad on Oct. 16 after starter Stevan Ridley was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL and MCL. The 5-foot-10, 230-pound Notre Dame product appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated on Nov. 19 and was named AFC offensive player of the week one day later.
LeGarrette Blount, who was re-signed by the Patriots on Thursday, took over for Gray as the team’s power back against the Lions, rushing for 78 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.