New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gave his assessment of the team's October 4 clash with the Indianapolis Colts. In an interview with the media, Brady described the Colts as a dangerous team despite their 1-3 record. “Hopefully we can all go play great. We’re going to need it. This team has been close in all three of their losses. They were ahead in the fourth quarter of each of those, so they’re a dangerous team,” said Brady.

The veteran quarterback said the Colts have a good quarterback in Andrew Luck, a good offense and a young defense that will pose threat during their Thursday’s clash.

“We’re trying to get on top of those things, really understand where our opponent’s at and let’s go play well, try to win a game,” said Brady.

After suffering back-to-back losses to the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Detroit Lions, the Patriots (2-2) got back on the winning track with an impressive 38-7 win over the Miami Dolphins. In that win, Brady tossed for 274 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions, while rookie running back Sony Michel had a breakthrough game with 25 carries for 112 yards and his first NFL rushing score.

Brady welcomes return of wideout Julian Edelman

The showdown with the Colts will mark the return of wide receiver Julian Edelman from a four-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Julian has been Brady’s favorite target and having him back will shore up the Patriots’ wide receiving corps, which struggled in their two losses.

“We all welcome him back and he’s excited, ready to go and hopefully he can go out and play great,” Brady said of Edelman, who will be playing for the first time in a non-preseason game since Super Bowl LI.

Edelman missed the entire 2017 season after suffering a torn ACL.

Despite the wide receiver’s long layoff, Brady is confident that Edelman will play his usual game. “Well, I think we’ve played so much football together. I really have no doubt where he’s going to be at, what he’s capable of. He’s been a great player for our team.

I think everyone’s excited to have him back,” said Brady. With Edelman’s return, the Patriots are now heavy at wide receiver, with Braxton Berrios, Phillip Dorsett, Josh Gordon, Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Matthew Slater also in the field.

Patriots injury status revealed

The Patriots submitted their injury report, where it was indicated that tight end Rob Gronkowski could have skipped practice, if New England had one on Monday, due to an ankle injury. The Patriots said they did not practice on Monday.

If the Patriots had practiced on Monday (October 1), defensive linemen Adam Butler (knee) and Geneo Grissom (ankle), wide receiver Josh Gordon (hamstring), tight end Jacob Hollister (chest), linebackers Brandon King (foot) and Elandon Roberts (calf), cornerback Eric Rowe (groin), and defensive tackle Danny Shelton (elbow) would all have had limited participation.