FOXBORO — Tom Brady ran through agility drills and said he's ready to play in the New England Patriots' opener. Bill Belichick isn't ready to say that will happen.
Neither is much of a surprise.
It would be a big surprise if the record-setting quarterback, who had a right foot injury and missed all four exhibition games, doesn't start Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
"If it's up to me, there's no question" Brady said yesterday. "I've been getting progressively better over the past couple of weeks. I'm excited. I'm excited to start the year."
The secretive Belichick deflected a question about whether last season's NFL MVP would start Sunday.
"We will give you the injury report on Friday," he told reporters. "We will give you the practice report after we practice."
Brady didn't want to anger a coach who tells his players not to reveal too much injury information. So he wouldn't estimate how close to 100 percent he was health-wise.
"I don't know," Brady said with a smile. "Coach hates percentages, so I usually don't give them. I have been yelled at more times with comments I make so I am laying off that one. Write that, so he reads that, too."
No matter the percentage, all signs point to Brady extending his playing streak to 128 games, third most in history among NFL quarterbacks. Only Brett Favre (275) and Peyton Manning (173) have longer streaks, and both are still going on.
And now the exhibition games are over.
"I felt like I could play all of them and I practiced the entire preseason, pretty much," Brady said. "The decision was made that, OK, Tom, you're not going to play, and I was fine with it."