Tom Brady's fingers not a concern

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady participated in the team's Sunday morning walk-through and was wearing white athletic tape around the index and middle fingers on his right throwing hand.

Brady went through the entire full-pads practice later in the day without his fingers taped.

Brady's status was not a concern to coach Bill Belichick, who after his morning news conference said Brady would be fine.

During the news conference, Belichick joked that whatever happened to Brady's fingers -- which might have made contact with a Saints player's helmet during Thursday night's exhibition game -- was not "life-threatening."

Asked if the condition of Brady's fingers could keep the quarterback out of game action, Belichick playfully dodged the questions, referencing the Week 1 injury report.

Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPN Boston. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.