The Patriots were missing one player at practice on Wednesday. It was a rather important one.
Tom Brady was listed as “did not practice” by the Patriots because of a left shoulder injury. Brady has missed some practice time this year, but he did practice last Wednesday and was taken off the injury report by the end of the week.
Brady missed Wednesday’s practice before Week 17, although the team said that was not injury related. He returned that week to be limited because of his non-throwing shoulder injury and started the game.
There is no concern Brady will miss the game. He did his press conference Wednesday and finished last week’s game. The Broncos barely touched Brady last week, so this move is likely precautionary.
Still, the Patriots wouldn’t have Brady sit out the most important practice of the week before the AFC championship unless the injury was of some concern.
Aaron Hernandez (concussion) was limited in practice, but he has been cleared to go or he wouldn’t be out there. The Patriots list 18 players on the injury report. Only tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) truly seems up in the air.