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Brady listed as out because of illness and right shoulder


Much of the attention paid to Patriots practice on Wednesday was directed toward a player who wasn’t there.

Quarterback Tom Brady missed practice, leaving Ryan Mallett to take all the snaps for both the first-team offense and the scout team working against the starting defense. Bill Belichick didn’t have any comment beyond telling people there would be an injury report on Wednesday afternoon, which listed Brady as out because of illness and his right shoulder.

You never want your quarterback to miss a practice at this point in the season, but all should be well if Brady’s back on Thursday.

Brady’s absence meant that he wasn’t able to work with returning wide receiver on Wednesday. Dobson has been out since aggravating a foot injury in Week 17, but he was able to participate in the first practice of this week. He’ll likely be a limited participant, but if he keeps practicing the rest of the week it would seem to bode well for his chances of returning to the lineup.

Punter Ryan Allen was also at practice Wednesday, which should quiet remaining concerns about his ability to play on Sunday. Allen hurt his shoulder against the Colts, leaving Stephen Gostkowski to punt and Brady to hold for extra points in the second half.

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30 Responses to “Brady listed as out because of illness and right shoulder”
  1. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 15, 2014 4:26 PM

    He’s getting morning sickness.

  2. homerhanky82 says: Jan 15, 2014 4:27 PM

    Lol oh bill, this worked when nobody knew you

  3. thegronk87 says: Jan 15, 2014 4:27 PM

    Brady had more practice than usual this week considering they won on Saturday night and likely practiced monday.

  4. beardinals says: Jan 15, 2014 4:30 PM

    Manning v. Mallett 1

  5. bluestompsgreen says: Jan 15, 2014 4:34 PM

    Potts better rub that shoulder tonight

  6. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 15, 2014 4:36 PM

    Dude took a sick day because he was all emotional about the whole helmet thing with his kid. Tom gets very, very emotional, very, very easy. One might say fragile.

  7. realnflmaster says: Jan 15, 2014 4:38 PM

    Overrated cheaters.

  8. ravanator says: Jan 15, 2014 4:38 PM

    What a pathetic excuse for a HC and QB. They could learn something from Harbaugh and Flacco.


  9. @Cereal_22 says: Jan 15, 2014 4:41 PM

    Maybe Brady was visiting Aaron Hernandez ?

  10. restorativejusticeprogram says: Jan 15, 2014 4:43 PM

    Mallett will start with Brady taking a position on defence. BB is not done coaching yet.

  11. righthereisay says: Jan 15, 2014 4:43 PM

    He stayed home to watch “film” on the Broncos defense.

  12. weatherdavec says: Jan 15, 2014 4:49 PM

    I laugh at all you numbskulls when you bring up “Spygate.” Be sure to check out Cowher’s comments on the cheating that was going on all over the NFL at that time. Wasn’t the scandal on the Saints worse, where money was put up to hurt players ?

  13. azarkhan says: Jan 15, 2014 4:49 PM

    41-7, Brady > Flacco.

  14. Rex Ryan's Turkey Neck says: Jan 15, 2014 4:52 PM

    If he can’t go, Steve McNair is available. He’s a proven playoff winner.

    Oh wait.


  15. weepingjebus says: Jan 15, 2014 4:54 PM

    Can’t say I blame him, it took me 2 days to get over Luck’s pedo-beard and I only saw it on HDTV.

  16. ianwetpantscom says: Jan 15, 2014 4:54 PM

    “Omaha” “Omaha” “Omaha”……

  17. hjb99992013 says: Jan 15, 2014 4:56 PM

    Ernest Anglsey is already on the way should this potential tragedy take a turn for the worse

  18. fwippel says: Jan 15, 2014 4:56 PM

    Brady better be careful. He knows what happened when a Patriot QB named Bledsoe got hurt, and gave way to an upstart young QB most people had forgotten about.

    Okay, seriously, the only way Tom Brady misses that game on Sunday is if he is kidnapped and held hostage. Listing him as out is Belichick’s way of jabbing the media, giving them something to talk about which ends up being a non-issue.

  19. sactogary says: Jan 15, 2014 4:56 PM

    They may want to sign a backup for Mallett just in case. You know – that guy from training camp.

  20. stevejjones says: Jan 15, 2014 4:58 PM

    Kicking himself because he doesn’t have Tebow ready to roll. And Elway is kicking himself because this is Peyton’s last gasp. Get the young guns in the game. Mobile exciting players like RG3, Tebow, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick. Old football is dead. It kills Elway and the people who only know how to coach it the old way, but Johnny Football and Tebow and RG3 are the future of the NFL.

  21. justintuckrule says: Jan 15, 2014 5:00 PM

    Just read a report. Eli has agreed to step in for PM for this one game to beat Brady. Denver doesn’t want to take chances with PM losing to him again.

  22. tushymcspankspank says: Jan 15, 2014 5:03 PM

    If you actually think Brady will miss this game, I also have a bridge I’d like to sell you

  23. jersey73 says: Jan 15, 2014 5:03 PM

    When I was watching the Colts/Pats game and Robert Mathis did the tomahawk chop strip-sack in the 4th quarter, I thought, “That’s gotta hurt.” Wonder if that is when it happened?

  24. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 15, 2014 5:13 PM

    Whoever wins, I’ll be rooting for against the NFC teams.

  25. govtminion says: Jan 15, 2014 5:23 PM

    The headline had me thinking he’d been declared ‘out’ for Sunday, for a moment I think my heart stopped.

  26. wishingtonredslur says: Jan 15, 2014 5:31 PM

    I need a bridge, I need a bridge!!!

  27. bowdowntopeyton says: Jan 15, 2014 5:43 PM

    I’d be sick too if I was going to battle with Edelman-Amendola-Tompkins and I looked to the other sideline and Dude has Thomas-Decker-Thomas-Welker

  28. s1n1ster0ne says: Jan 15, 2014 6:58 PM


  29. officialgame says: Jan 15, 2014 7:37 PM

    This means Brady will be perfect come Sunday.

  30. shadylamp says: Jan 15, 2014 8:00 PM

    The Pats got completely dominated by the Cleveland Browns and only won the game because of a bogus pass interference in the end zone. This game isn’t even going to be close. Denver in a blow out.

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