Bill Belichick to Tom Brady: 'You'll play'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he spoke with coach Bill Belichick this week about his desire to play Sunday against the Texans, and relayed Belichick's response: "You’ll play, don’t worry about that. You’ll be playing."

The question remains how much, as the Patriots have already clinched a home playoff game.

“As players, we obviously don’t factor into any of those decisions that Coach Belichick makes," Brady said. "It’s our job to prepare to play and I certainly am. I’m out there doing all my regular practice stuff. I want to play and I want to do great. I want to have a great game against a team that is fighting for their playoff lives, and has a lot of great players and really challenges you in some different ways. It’s a meaningful game for us, it’s a meaningful game for them too. It would be great for us to go win on the road in a real tough environment against a damn good team.”

Brady said he's even heard the question from his father Tom Sr. this week.

"My dad said 'Are you guys going to this play this week?' Of course I want to play. I don't want to lose a game. You don't just forfeit these games. Playing Houston, I don't want to see one of them in the offseason and them saying 'Hey, we beat you guys.' Screw that. You have to go out there and play."

Brady was also asked if he expects to stay in the entire game if the score is close.

"Sure," he responded. "Close game. Blowout. We get behind. I'm expecting to play the whole game. I wouldn't see why I wouldn't."

Brady, who returned to practice Thursday, was listed with limited participation. For the second straight day Wes Welker had limited participation for non-injury related reasons.