Players thankful that Brady is OK

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Several Patriots players expressed relief Thursday morning that quarterback Tom Brady was not seriously hurt in a car accident earlier in the morning.

Brady arrived at the stadium this morning, was involved in parts of meetings and a pre-practice walkthrough, and is expected to practice this afternoon.

Players explained that coach Bill Belichick briefed the team that Brady was in a car accident and would be late to the facility. Players usually arrive by 8 a.m.

“He didn’t make it seem like it was anything serious,” outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain said of Belichick's remarks to the team. "I saw [Brady] a little while ago and he looks OK. I saw him walking in, he had a smile on his face, no abrasions. I think he’s fine. That was my first reaction.”

Added veteran tight end Alge Crumpler: “He’s here, he’s ready to go.”

Rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski said he caught a pass from Brady in a pre-practice walkthrough and that it was as crisp as ever.

“We’re just all thankful he’s fine, and glad he’s back here already, and back working,” Gronkowski said.

His initial reaction was concern.

“Obviously it’s a shock, no matter who it is,” Gronkowski said. “You never want to hear information like that. We’re all thankful everyone is all right and he’s here.”

As reporters rushed into the locker room, many filmed pictures of Brady’s locker, where a pair of jeans and a shirt were placed over a chair.

It was a much busier scene than normal, with several television stations on hand and prepared to go on the air live.

Left tackle Matt Light found the crowd humorous as he walked through the locker room and cracked, “It’s just a car accident, people.”