Thomas takes high road
FOXBOROUGH - When Adalius Thomas walked into the locker room at Gillette Stadium yesterday, the outspoken linebacker was swarmed by the media.
Thomas, who was a healthy inactive against the Titans Oct. 18, was again inactive for Sunday’s 20-10 victory over the Panthers. On Thursday, Thomas criticized Bill Belichick’s decision to send him and three other players home for being tardy for an 8 a.m. meeting the day before.
Thomas was the only player among the four - Randy Moss, Gary Guyton, and Derrick Burgess were the others - who faced such a repercussion.
Thomas chose his words carefully yesterday, opting not to rehash or offer further commentary on the events of last week.
“We done moved on,’’ he said. “Last week is done.’’
Asked if he expected to face lingering effects as the Patriots prepared to travel to Buffalo Sunday, Thomas said, “I just try to be a professional and I try to do what I’m asked to do. I’m looking toward going out there and doing the same thing on and off the field when the time comes and I’m called upon.’’
During his appearance on WEEI’s “Dale and Holley Show’’ yesterday, defensive lineman Ty Warren said it was time to see “the so-called leaders on this team step up.’’
“We’re all grown men,’’ Warren said. “Some people will take heed and, maybe, some people won’t. We just got to find out who those people are. I’m not going to be running around the locker room pulling a 30-year-old man’s coattails all the time. At some point, you got to be a professional. I got kids at home. I don’t need to be taking care of anybody else. That’s the way I feel about it.’’
Asked if his tenure with the Patriots was working out, Thomas replied, “This is not a one-man show. The game will go on with or without you. That’s one thing anyone should realize. It can go on with or without you. You take the good with the bad. You learn from it, you move on.
“Just like any other week, whether you lose or you win, you watch the film, you make your corrections, and you move on.’’
Brady was questionable with right shoulder, right finger, and rib injuries.
“Really, we waited until game time to make the final decision,’’ Belichick said yesterday. “[We] thought there was certainly a chance he would play, a good chance that he would play, but also a concern, so that’s why it was listed the way it was.’’
“I’d say it’s a little unusual for tackles to play both sides at a high level, period,’’ Belichick said. “Usually when you look at a normal draft board, you look at tackles and you say this tackle is more of a left tackle, this tackle is more of a right tackle, and then you have a few guys - maybe a quarter of them - that you could say, ‘This guy could really be a swing tackle, potentially. He could play right tackle, he could play left tackle.’
“I think when you look at Vollmer, you look at him as we did last year and now after having him this year, he can legitimately play both tackles and the fact that all our tackles, at least we thought, [have] some ability to do that.’’
Adam Kilgore of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Michael Vega can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.