It's all on Brady's shoulders

Rest days may be precautionary, but any talk of soreness gives pause

Updated: December 30, 2011, 8:41 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- At this time of year, when the hits start adding up on quarterback Tom Brady and the strain from throwing 576 passes builds, a day off can help. He got one Wednesday and another one Thursday, according to Adam Schefter, to rest an aching left shoulder.

No cause for alarm, but considering how much Brady wants to practice and invests in the weekly process of preparing for the next opponent, it does register as more than a passing note.

So, too, does the image ...

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