QB Tom Brady sits out Patriots practice
By HOWARD ULMAN
— Jan. 15, 2014 8:48 PM EST
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots are taking Tom
Brady's absence from practice in stride.
Four days before the AFC championship game against the Denver Broncos,
the star quarterback missed practice Wednesday because of illness and
his right shoulder, the Patriots said in their practice report.
Brady said last week that he had a cold. Then he led the Patriots to a
43-22 win over the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC playoff game on a rainy
Saturday night. Earlier in the season, he was listed on the injury
report with the shoulder condition but usually practiced with it.
Backup Ryan Mallett did double duty Wednesday. He was the quarterback
for the offense and also emulated Denver quarterback Peyton Manning for
"I'm not worried about Tom because I know Tom," Mallett said.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman, who caught 105 passes from Brady this
season, said practice is different without him.
"But Ryan came in and he ran the offense," Edelman said. "And, more
importantly, I was just kind of worrying about what I had to do to get
my assignments and get my work in. I'm sure other guys were thinking
the same thing."
Brady's scheduled media availability was cancelled. He's scheduled for
another one Friday.
As for Mallett, "it was fun," he said. "I took a lot more reps, though.
I was a little more fatigued at the end than normal so that was the
Coach Bill Belichick provided no details on Brady's absence.
Asked the last time that Brady surprised his coach of 14 years,
Belichick said, with a smile, "this morning."
What was the surprise?
"We'll keep that between Tom and I," he said.
Long snapper Danny Aiken also missed practice with an illness. Punter
Ryan Allen, who hurt his shoulder against the Colts, practiced on a
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