BOSTON — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he's in no rush to sign a new quarterback.

Belichick spoke Tuesday, one day after losing MVP Tom Brady for the season with a knee injury.

The coach said quarterbacks Tim Rattay and Chris Simms were in Foxborough on Monday, but they didn't work out or take physicals.

"I didn't even see them when they were here," Belichick said Tuesday.

It appears the team will go into Sunday's game against the New York Jets with two quarterbacks — veteran backup Matt Cassel and rookie Kevin O'Connell. Cassel replaced Brady against Kansas City.

And Belichick says the team hasn't decided on whether to add another QB.

"We'll look at what our options are and do what's best for the team," Belichick said.

He wouldn't rule out bringing in a player new to the Pats' system.

"It's a long season and bringing a player in for two, three, four or five weeks to learn the system is a possibility," he said.

But he also said someone who has been in the Patriots' camp and knows the terminology could have an advantage.

"If someone has good working knowledge of a situation, of course we would talk to him," Belichick said.

MERRIMAN OPTS FOR SURGERY: Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman has decided to have surgery on the two torn ligaments in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.

The loss of the Pro Bowl linebacker is a huge setback for a team that has Super Bowl expectations.

"Shawne informed me he did not feel right and thought it best to shut it down," Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said in a statement. "The road to winning the AFC West just got more difficult, but not impossible. Nothing is impossible. Shawne is a great player and an inspirational leader. He will be missed."

FACENDA'S SON CAN FILE SUIT VS. NFL FILMS: A U.S. appeals court says the son of legendary football announcer John Facenda can sue NFL Films over the use of his father's voice.

The suit stems from the brief use of his late father's voice in a show about a John Madden video game. Facenda's contract barred commercial use of his deep, solemn voice for product endorsements.

The NFL contends the show was an artistic endeavor. But the three-judge panel ruled Tuesday the show is clearly a commercial. The program aired on the NFL Network just before the game's release.

The suit by John "Jack" Facenda Jr. now appears headed to trial unless the NFL pursues further appeals.