Cassel taking snaps in Brady's absence
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady missed his third straight practice on Monday, but New England coach Bill Belichick didn't say why his quarterback was absent from Patriots training camp.
"Guys that aren't out here, it's either because of their practice routine or they are day-to-day," he said.
He wouldn't reveal which reason applied to Brady.
"We don't do the individual report," Belichick said. "That comes during the regular season when we do the injury reports."
Brady was listed as probable on the injury report all last season and played every game. He participated in all four practices on Friday and Saturday, the first two days of camp, but missed Sunday's single session and both of Monday's practices.
That left No. 2 quarterback Matt Cassel to play a bigger role. He is entering his second season after seeing little playing time at Southern California.
"Matt has gotten a lot of work through the spring and in training camp," Belichick said. "He's done some good things. There are some other things he could do better, but that's training camp. He's working hard. That's what counts."
He was less forthcoming when asked about how Brady has looked in camp.
"We're not going to get into big evaluations of players," Belichick said. "I think all the players are trying to get back into their timing and their routine and that goes for everybody."
The holdout of Deion Branch, Brady's top wide receiver, reached its fourth day Monday. He wants a new contract in the fifth and final year of his original deal and is subject to a $14,000 fine for each day he misses camp.
probably not a big deal, but its worth noting