Belichick: Discipline matters internal
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Four New England Patriots players, including receiver Randy Moss, were sent home from Gillette Stadium for being late for an 8 a.m. meeting Wednesday, according to a league source.
How Bill Belichick enforces discipline and keeps the Patriots focused will be key in determining whether they will be a contender or fade into mediocrity. Mike Reiss
In addition to Moss, the other players were defensive end Derrick Burgess and linebackers Adalius Thomas and Gary Guyton, according to the source. The players were apparently delayed by weather conditions. All four were absent from Wednesday afternoon's practice.
The story was first reported by the Providence Journal.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick did not confirm the report.
"Anything that happens with discipline on the team will stay between me and the players," Belichick said Wednesday morning.
Tom Brady also declined to discuss the report, speaking generally about Belichick's role as coach and his job as quarterback.
"You guys find out everything these days," Brady told reporters during his weekly news conference Wednesday. "That's coach's decision. The guys that are here, I have to do my job, I have plenty of things to do. Like I said, I have show up every day and bring whatever I have -- the energy and leadership that I have to this team. That's what I owe those guys. That's what my job is."
Veteran running back Kevin Faulk was asked if he thinks Coach Belichick handles those types of disciplinary situations well.
"That's why he's the coach and I'm the player," said Faulk, who earlier deferred questions on the topic to Belichick.
Outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain was asked if he was frustrated that three defensive teammates were reportedly sent home.
"You know what, I have no comment on that. I really don't know the situation," he said. "If they were sent home, that's Bill's deal. Hopefully I'll see them tomorrow."
Mike Reiss is ESPNBoston.com's Patriots reporter. Follow him on Twitter.