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Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski, Matt Light are improving; Tom Brady bashes Buffalo

The coach of the New England Patriots — so relaxed, so amusing, so nonchalant all week — reverted to full Bill Belichick form when asked about his injured and ill players in this morning’s press conference. Tom Brady tried to compensate with a gratuitous swipe at Buffalo’s hotel industry, but fell somewhat short of creating compelling copy.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who’s out of the walking boot he’d worn after suffering a high ankle sprain, is “doing better, we'll just have to see where he is today,” Belichick said.

Gronkowski parroted the refrain again today, too, after being a stuck record Tuesday. “He’s a ... well-trained animal,” left tackle Matt Light said.

Speaking of Light, he missed Media Day on Tuesday because of a flu bug. “Saw Matt last night, he's doing better,” was Belichick’s assessment. “So we'll see how he is today.”

No substantive updates about injuries escaped the lips of Bill Belichick. (Scott Halleran / Getty Images)
Move along. Nothing more to see here. Tom Brady offered up a little controversy, admitting he wished he hadn’t said, “I [stunk] pretty bad” after his performance in the AFC Championship game.

“I wish I didn't say it because I didn't want to take away from what the team accomplished,” Brady said. ”We're trying to put our best out there this weekend.”

One other thing he wishes he hadn’t said — the comment about Buffalo. He was talking about his family and how they traveled to the non-glamour spots to watch him play. “I don't know if you guys have been to the hotels in Buffalo,” Brady said, “but they’re not the nicest places in the world.”

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