Brady: ‘Great to be back at work’

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Tom Brady con­firmed on West­wood One Ra­dio that he re­turned to Gil­lette Sta­dium on Mon­day and would start prac­tice to­day.

“It was great to be back in the build­ing,” he said. “It was cer­tainly great to be back at work.

“I’ll take the days as they come. I’ll cer­tainly need the prac­tices to try to get on the same page as all the guys who have been prac­tic­ing the last four weeks.” Cards miss­ing John­son, Branch: The Car­di­nals will be with­out run­ning back Chris John­son and safety Tyvon Branch for at least eight weeks as both play­ers were placed on in­jured re­serve Tues­day.

John­son and Branch are deal­ing with groin in­juries suf­fered dur­ing Sun­day’s 17-13 loss to the Rams.

NFL rules al­low for one player to be el­i­gi­ble to re­turn to the ac­tive ros­ter eight weeks af­ter his in­jured-re­serve des­ig­na­tion, so one of the two could re­turn in early De­cem­ber while the other will miss the rest of the sea­son. In other moves, the Car­di­nals waived punter Drew But­ler with an in­jury set­tle­ment, added punter Ryan Quigley and pro­moted quar­ter­back Zac Dy­sert and wide re­ceiver Brit­tan Golden from the prac­tice squad to the ac­tive ros­ter. Colts shake up de­fense: The Colts re­leased cor­ner­back An­to­nio Cro­mar­tie and waived in­side line­backer Sio Moore af­ter both started the first four games.

Cro­mar­tie was benched last week­end af­ter draw­ing two penal­ties in a four-play se­quence and be­came ex- pend­able as the Colts’ top three cor­ner­backs re­turned to health. Moore, ac­quired from the Raiders last sea­son, had 31 tack­les. Pouncey back on field: Pro Bowl cen­ter Mike Pouncey re­turned to prac­tice af­ter miss­ing the first four games of the sea­son be­cause of a bro­ken left hip that raised con­cerns about the fu­ture of his ca­reer. It was his third hip in­jury since 2014.

“Talk­ing to the doc­tors, all the what-ifs came into play,” Pouncey said be­fore prac­tice. “You start ques­tion­ing how long you can play in the league. I’m for­tu­nate to be back as fast as I am.” Joeckel go­ing on IR: Jaguars left guard Luke Joeckel, the sec­ond over­all pick in the 2013 draft, will un­dergo surgery on his left knee this week and be placed on in­jured re­serve. Joeckel was hurt Sun­day against the Colts.

Un­der the NFL’s new IR rules, the Jaguars can de­cide in six weeks whether to bring Joeckel back af­ter Week 12 or shut him down for the rest of the sea­son. Ex­tra points: For­mer Raiders quar­ter­back Todd Marinovich is fac­ing new drug charges af­ter he al­legedly was seen try­ing to en­ter a stranger’s home naked. Prose­cu­tors filed mis­de­meanor charges of tres­pass­ing, public nudity and pos­sess­ing metham­phetamine and drug para­pher­na­lia. He could be in­car­cer­ated for up to three years if con­victed. ... The Bills have signed a five-year agree­ment to con­tinue hold­ing train­ing camp at St. John Fisher Col­lege in subur­ban Rochester, N.Y.

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