There was a time when Tom Brady showing up on the Patriots injury report was as unremarkable as brushing your teeth, but he hadn’t made an appearance there since Week 16 of last season until Thursday.
That’s when Brady was listed as limited with a right shoulder injury by the Patriots. That’s his throwing shoulder, an area of the body where an injury would be a major concern if the Patriots plan on winning with regularity this season. Thankfully for the Patriots, there’s absolutely no reason to believe that a guy who has started 71 straight games is doing anything more than getting a little rest near the midpoint of the season unless there’s something more than an abbreviated Thursday practice as evidence.
Especially when the Patriots had a large group of limited players on Thursday, only some of whom are in much doubt of facing the Dolphins. The most prominent of those in doubt are wide receiver Danny Amendola and cornerback Aqib Talib, both of whom participated in practice for the second straight day. If Amendola is cleared by an independent neurologist for Sunday’s game, the Patriots could have him in the lineup for the third time this season.