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Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Brady participates in full practice on NFL injury report

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Give the boot the boot.

The NFL released its injury report for the Super Bowl, and there was no mention of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady having an ankle injury. He had been seen wearing a walking cast last week and was reported as having a high ankle sprain that he suffered in the AFC Championship Game.

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Brady was listed on the report with a shoulder injury but he took part in a full practice. The designated pool reporter, Dan Pompei from the Chicago Tribune, was allowed to watch Patriots practice and reported that Brady's ankle was not heavily taped and he moved "pretty well." Two days ago, he was limping and it was taped.

"Everybody practiced. They're fine," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.

Brady has often been listed with an unspecified shoulder injury on injury reports.

The Patriots did list wide receiver Jabar Gaffney as limited due to a shoulder injury.

Belichick wasn't particularly thrilled by the practice, during which the team wore pads for the first time this week.

"I've seen better," he said. "There's always things to work on. We have plenty of them."

Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was on the injury report and held out of New York's first Super Bowl practice in Arizona, while starting guard Rich Seubert worked on a limited basis because of a sprained knee.

" 'Hopefully, he'll work tomorrow," coach Tom Coughlin said of Burress after a two-hour workout at the Arizona Cardinals' training facility.

Burress, who has not missed a game, has not practiced for almost the entire season because of a sprained right ankle.

Earlier in the day, Burress was not-so-fashionably late to the team's media session, risking a stiff fine. He said he was eating breakfast with his family and was unaware the media were waiting for him to talk about his prediction the Giants would beat the Patriots 23-17.

Burress did stay after his teammates were finished with the news conference, though. And in the afternoon, he watched them practice.

Seubert sprained his right knee in the NFC title game against the Packers in Green Bay on Jan. 20. He missed all three practices in New Jersey last week, but has insisted he will play Sunday against the Patriots.

"From the get-go I knew I wasn't going to practice last week," Seubert said earlier in the day. "It's 10 days and it's feeling better."

Backup cornerback Kevin Dockery, who missed the last two playoff games with a hip flexor, worked on a limited basis, which is an improvement.

Coughlin estimated Dockery and Seubert took half the snaps.

Starting cornerback Aaron Ross, who vomited before Monday's flight to Phoenix, practiced and showed no ill effects during the workout that ended around 5:20 p.m MT.

Fullback Madison Hedgecock, safety Michael Johnson and defensive tackle Manny Wright also worked out after missing a couple of days last week with flu-like symptoms.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.