Jan 17, 2018; Foxborough, Massachussetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks during the AFC Championship Game press conference at Gillette Stadium.  Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick not surprisingly had very little to say about Tom Brady’s hand injury while meeting with the media for his Friday press conference.

Brady reportedly suffered an injury to his right hand after jamming it during a collision with a teammate during Wednesday’s practice. While Brady was present at Thursday’s practice sporting a glove on his throwing hand, he reportedly did not practice.

Belichick of course was peppered with questions concerning the nature and extent of Brady’s injury heading into Sunday’s showdown with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game. What follows is a transcript of a majority of Brady-related questions fielded by Belichick. Of course, Belichick was patently — and predictably — tight-lipped.

Do you have any update on Brady’s status for Sunday?
 
“We gave out the injury report yesterday. We’ll update it today.”

Has not having Brady at practice limited your preparation at all for Jacksonville?
“We’re going to continue to get ready for Jacksonville all the way through until game time.”

Do you have any regrets about trading Jimmy Garoppolo?
“We’re getting ready for Jacksonville.”

Is it looking like Brady might be a game-time decision?
“Today’s Friday.”

Given Brady’s injury, have you considered signing a third quarterback?
“We’re going to get ready for Jacksonville, do the best that we can, make the best decisions we can for the team to do that. So that’s what we’re going to do.”

How much, if at all, does Brady’s status complicate the game plan for Sunday?
“I don’t know.”

What is your level of concern that Brady will be able to perform the functions he needs to at quarterback?
“I don’t know. We’ll see.”

You said after trading Garoppolo that you had one of the NFL’s best quarterback situations while he was backing up Brady. What are your thoughts on the current QB situation with Brian Hoyer as the backup?
“Right now, my thoughts are getting ready for Jacksonville. We’re going to do the best we can to put the most competitive team out there and play the best and coach the best that we can on Sunday.”

How impressed have you been with the toughness Brady has shown throughout his career?
“Very. It’s been outstanding.”

Here’s Belichick’s press conference in its entirety.

Belichick wasn’t about to tip his hand about Brady’s condition. That’s hardly a shocker. All indications point to Brady being a certain lock to play Sunday. How effective he can be with a right hand injury, however, remains to be seen.

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