Brady says in­jured shoul­der is fine

The Prince George Citizen - - SPORTS -

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady told New Eng­land fans not to worry about his left shoul­der in­jury, even though it has kept him out of the team’s first two prac­tices this week.

Brady did not par­tic­i­pate in prac­tice on Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to the team’s in­jury re­port, al­though he was spot­ted on the field dur­ing the por­tion that was open to re­porters. Brady was ab­sent from the open por­tion of prac­tice on Tues­day and re­port­edly re­ceived an MRI on his non-throw­ing shoul­der.

Asked about the pro­ce­dure, Brady said he would be on the field for Sun­day’s game against the New York Jets with first place in the AFC East on the line.

“I’ll be there Sun­day. Don’t worry about that,” Brady said. “I’ll be there.”

The 40-year-old Brady leads the NFL with 1,702 pass­ing yards. He has thrown for 11 touch­downs with one in­ter­cep­tion and another pick-six that was of­fi­cially ruled a fum­ble.

He’s also been sacked 16 times, more than in all 12 games he played in last year.

“It’s a phys­i­cal sport, so I think ev­ery­one is deal­ing with some­thing,” Brady said. “Ev­ery­one’s run­ning around and they’re big and they’re fast and they hit hard. You have bumps and bruises, but you just deal with them the best you can and try to get ready for the next week.”

Brady said one rea­son for the ex­tra hits he’s been tak­ing is that the team has fallen be­hind more than usual.

“If you have a three-touch­down lead in the third quar­ter, it’s dif­fer­ent. You’re prob­a­bly much more bal­anced on of­fence, and we’ve been a part of those quite a few times,” he said. “If you’re los­ing by two scores, you’re just throw­ing it ev­ery down. You’ve just got no choice; they can’t sack you if you’re hand­ing the ball off.”

Also miss­ing prac­tice on Wed­nes­day were tight end Rob Gronkowski (thigh), de­fen­sive back Eric Rowe (groin) and of­fen­sive line­man Nate Solder (not in­juryre­lated).

Brady said one rea­son for the ex­tra hits he’s been tak­ing is that the team has fallen be­hind more than usual.

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