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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady downplayed any concerns about him sitting out Wednesday’s practice with what the team classified as a left shoulder ailment and said he’ll be on the field for the team’s session on Thursday.
“I’ll be out there today, you don’t have to worry about that,” said Brady, who hinted that the coaching staff felt it was best for him to take an additional day of rest, but he still found ways to ready himself for Sunday’s AFC championship game against the Baltimore Ravens.
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Tom Brady at the podium.“It’s not the first practice I’ve missed over the years,” said Brady. “Coming off a game on Saturday or Sunday, you’re just doing everything you can to be prepared. When Coach [Bill Belichick] feels it’s best to do other things to get yourself ready, that’s what you do. You can still use all that time very wisely. You’re not lounging around taking naps or anything like that. You’re just putting in extra work, and make sure you’re getting prepared.”
Peppered on sitting out Wednesday’s session, Brady did his best to alleviate concerns.
“When I miss a practice, you know, you just try to do others thing to get yourself ready to go,” said Brady. “So, catch up on your film work, get some extra treatment and so forth. It’s just a matter of being as prepared as we can for Sunday. I’ll certainly be as prepared as I possibly can be.”
Brady appeared on the injury report with the left shoulder ailment during Week 17 (he missed Wednesday’s session that week and was limited in two others leading to him being listed as probable for a game against the Dolphins). It didn’t hinder his ability to be on the field for that regular-season finale.
Before the Divisional round battle with the Broncos, Brady was removed from the injury report after full participation in Wednesday’s first official session of the week.
“I just missed practice, that’s all,” said Brady. “Not much more than that, really. I’m just trying to find ways to get myself prepared to play. We’re facing a great team, great challenges -- certainly the best team we’ve faced all year. Everyone needs to be at full strength though. It’s going to be a very physical, tough, hard-nosed game. We need everyone at full strength.”
Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn’t care to engage in chatter about Brady. Asked about him missing the session, Belichick offered, “He wasn’t out there [Wednesday]; Hopefully he’ll be out there today.”