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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tom Brady battles flu

By Mike Reiss
ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is battling the flu, according to the team's Wednesday practice participation report.

Brady did not practice, although that has been the norm for Wednesdays over the last two months. Brady is also listed on the participation report with right shoulder and foot injuries, as has been the case for the last couple of months.

The illness might explain why the Patriots pushed Brady's regularly scheduled news conference from Wednesday to Thursday.

Elsewhere on the injury report, the Patriots specified that guard Dan Connolly sustained a concussion in Sunday's win over the Green Bay Packers. He earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his 71-yard kick return.

Connolly was held out of Wednesday's practice along with outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain (groin), tight end Aaron Hernandez (hip), receiver Deion Branch (knee), defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick (shoulder), defensive lineman Myron Pryor (back) and defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion).

Defensive lineman Ron Brace (concussion) had limited participation along with outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham (calf).

Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com.