- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady is back on the field, and that might be the only thing coach Bill Belichick wants to talk about.
The New England Patriots coach said Thursday that he was taking a cue from owner Robert Kraft, who has advised those in the organization not to speak publicly about Deflategate.
"I think Robert addressed that yesterday," Belichick said, when asked when it might be appropriate to comment.
Asked if there was a point in the future when he might want to talk about it, he repeated, "I think Robert addressed that yesterday. You can go back and read the transcript. I think you read what he said and that's what we're going to do."
"Right now we're preparing for today. Practice today."
And on the first day of training camp that meant the first Brady sighting.
At 9:22 a.m. Thursday, Brady jogged onto the practice facility at Gillette Stadium to a roar from the crowd. Wearing a numberless red practice jersey, Brady waved to the fans, who erupted in cheers.
With a few "Free Brady" signs in the stands, one fan yelled, "We love you, Tom."
The Patriots wasted no time jumping into drills, and Brady stepped up to the line and took his first snap of the summer.
Still up for debate is when he'll take the first snap of the season.
One day after the NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit against the league on behalf of Brady, a Minnesota judge sent the case back to court in New York, where the NFL had gotten the jump on the union by filing motions in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday to ask that its decision to uphold the quarterback's four-game suspension be confirmed. The move to consolidate the lawsuits involving Brady in New York is seen as an initial victory for the NFL in that the league was successful in choosing the jurisdiction to hear the arguments.
Kraft, meanwhile, also attended Thursday's practice and received a loud cheer. Brady and Kraft conversed later as the quarterback stretched following a drill.
There were sights off the field as well.
Barely an hour into the session, a plane with the message "Cheaters Look Up," followed by the name of a New York Jets fan group, flew overhead.
Patriots fans, meanwhile, showed their disapproval for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who heard Brady's appeal and upheld the league's four-game suspension. One showcased a "Goodell Hates America" sign.