Belichick steers clear of Thomas talk

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Twenty minutes into his Friday press conference, Patriots coach Bill Belichick had yet to be asked about comments made by disgruntled linebacker Adalius Thomas.

This is how the exchange went down:

Adalius Thomas addressed his situation Thursday. Do you have any reaction to anything he said?

"My focus is on the Carolina Panthers. That's what I've been working on all week. That's what I'm going to work on until Sunday. ... Do you have a big story on it I should read? [Smiling] I'll check it out."

[Laughter among media members]

Safe to say you are aware of what he said?

"I'm just focused on the Panthers."