Tom Brady: 'I feel great'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady downplayed missing Wednesday's practice with an illness, saying it felt good to get back on the field with his teammates Thursday in anticipation of the AFC Championship Game.

"It was nothing. I feel great. Nothing at all," he said.

Brady, who wore a winter cap and appeared to be sucking on a cold lozenge, deflected a question when asked for details of his illness.

"The injury report, didn't that come out?" he asked, echoing remarks of head coach Bill Belichick.

Brady felt the Patriots had "a good day at practice" Thursday and said it was good for him to "get back on track." He downplayed a missed practice having a major impact on his preparations for Sunday's game in Denver.

"We've been at it for a while now. There are days where I've missed practice and you just deal with them," he said. "I've played a lot of football over the whole season, and I got back out there today and it felt good."

Brady, 36, had not missed a practice this season before Wednesday's absence.

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