FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Soundbites from Bill Belichick's news conference at Gillette Stadium:
Blue jerseys and striped shoelaces. The Patriots will be wearing their road white jerseys for Sunday's home game, which puts the Cowboys in their navy blue. Some refer to a "jinx" when the Cowboys are in blue (which isn't often) and have suggested that perhaps this is a case of Bill Belichick gamesmanship, but if so, Belichick was playing dumb. "Red jerseys, blue jerseys, we had the silver ones. Whatever they put out there, that’s what we wear," he said. "...I think whatever team plays well, I think that team has a big advantage. I wish that’s all there was to it – wear striped shoelaces or wear white ones or wear black ones. There’s a lot more to it than that."
Empathy for Mike Wright. On the decision to place defensive lineman Mike Wright on season-ending injured reserve, Belichick said, "I just feel badly for him. The way these last two seasons have gone, he just hasn’t had an opportunity to do the things that he’s worked so hard to do but at the same time, it’s a medical decision. We have to do what’s right for him and make the right decision for the player."
Groundhog Day. Belichick seems to repeat the same thing every Friday, noting that the more he watches the Patriots' opponent during the week the more impressed he becomes. Belichick's said his film study on the Cowboys extended back to the 2010 preseason, which reflects how detailed the team gets.
No hints on Cannon. Belichick didn't want to provide details on the health status of rookie offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, who is eligible to come off the reserve/non-football injury list. Belichick noted that Cannon is "progressing" and "coming along" from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, but wouldn't specify if he's medically cleared at this point. Belichick said Cannon's status isn't an issue to address until next week when Cannon is eligible to start practicing.