The chewed up field at Gillette Stadium may have saved Brady since his foot actually slid through the dirt a bit as he was hit, which took away from the severity of the blow.
LB Mike Vrabel's sore arm shouldn't be an issue in two weeks, according to Belichick. Vrabel said after Saturday's win that he could have returned if the game was closer, but erred on the side of caution with the score one-sided and extra week of rest forthcoming.
G Damien Woody had the side of his foot stepped on by tackle Matt Light and injured either his foot or ankle, but he said he should be fine by the time the Patriots take the field for a Divisional Playoff game. Belichick said his team had no major physical problems.
PK Adam Vinatieri's 24-yard miss Saturday has to have Belichick somewhat concerned about his kicker's reliability even though Vinatieri's track record as a clutch performer is impeccable. That miss was the shortest of his career and a career-worst ninth miss of the season. He missed eight as a rookie and again in 1998. He is 12-for-16 all-time in the postseason, including three successful game-tying or game-winning kicks in the Patriots' 2001 Super Bowl run.
"I'm sure that is a kick Adam would like to have back," Belichick said. "Any time you send the field goal team out there, you want to come away with points. We want to make them and he wants to make them too. We will just keep working hard to get our accuracy and execution on that whole play as high as we possibly can." Vinatieri is 16-for-17 from 20-29 yards, 4-for-8 from 30-39, 5-for-8 from 40-49, and 0-for-1 from 50-plus.
LB Tedy Bruschi completed the best regular season of his career finishing with 137 tackles, one shy of his career best; two sacks; a career-best three interceptions, 16 passes defensed, which is more than double his total in any of his previous seven seasons; three forced fumbles; a fumble recovery; and two defensive touchdowns. He nearly intercepted his fourth pass Saturday vs. Buffalo and would have run untouched into the end zone, but he uncharacteristically dropped it.