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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Brady, Patriots injury report

By James Walker

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn’t practice Wednesday in preparation for this weekend’s AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens. While it may raise some eyebrows, it probably shouldn’t.

Brady has had a left (non-throwing) shoulder injury for weeks and sitting Wednesday was most likely precautionary. Brady wasn’t sacked in last week’s 45-10 victory over the Denver Broncos. He was only hit twice and didn’t seem to have any ill effects during a record-tying, six-touchdown performance.

With the probability of re-injury very slim, there is nothing to see here. Brady will be ready to play on Sunday.

The Patriots had 14 additional players with limited participation. Here is Wednesday’s full injury report:

Did not practice: Tom Brady (left shoulder)

Limited practice: WR Deion Branch (knee), OT Marcus Cannon (ankle), S Patrick Chung (knee), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb), TE Aaron Hernandez (concussion), S James Ihedigbo (shoulder), DL Kyle Love (ankle), G Logan Mankins (knee), LB Rob Ninkovich (hip), OT Nate Solder (concussion), LB Brandon Spikes (knee), OT Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot), WR Wes Welker (knee), LB Tracy White (abdomen)

Full practice: CB Kyle Arrington (foot), C Dan Connolly (groin), WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)