Brady prac­tic­ing again for Pa­tri­ots

Baltimore Sun - - NFL & RAVENS -

Tom Brady is tak­ing a wait-and-see approach to his avail­abil­ity for the Pa­tri­ots’ game against the Jets on Sun­day.

The New Eng­land quar­ter­back re­turned to prac­tice Fri­day af­ter miss­ing two days with a knee in­jury, but he would not com­mit to play­ing this week­end.

ESPN re­ported that there has been min­i­mal to no con­cern about Brady’s avail­abil­ity Sun­day.

It’s un­clear when or how Brady in­jured his knee. He com­pleted 24 of 40 passes for 280 yards and four touch­downs in Sun­day’s 30-17 win over the 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif.

“I don’t want to get into it much,” Brady said af­ter prac­tice. “It’s just bumps and bruises like ev­ery­body else.”

A win against the Jets would give Brady his 200th reg­u­lar-sea­son vic­tory, ty­ing him with Pey­ton Man­ning for the most in NFL his­tory. Streak will end: Safety Earl Thomas will not play in the Sea­hawks’ game against the Buc­ca­neers on Sun­day, end­ing his streak of 106 straight starts to be­gin his ca­reer.

The sev­enth-year player, who has been to five Pro Bowls, suf­fered a ham­string strain in last week­end’s win over the Ea­gles.

Cor­ner­back DeShawn Shead suf­fered the same in­jury in the game, and will be a game-time de­ci­sion. Pan­thers in pain: The Pan­thers have given up on hopes that left tackle Michael Oher will play again this sea­son, plac­ing the for­mer Raven on in­jured re­serve.

Oher has missed the past seven games with a con­cus­sion, and coach Ron Rivera said: “It’s tough. It’s just one of those things.”

All-Pro line­backer Luke Kuechly will miss Sun­day’s game against the Raiders, but he did make the trip with the team to Oak­land, Calif. Kuechly was carted off the field Nov. 17 with a con­cus­sion.

The Pan­thers also will be with­out cen­ter Ryan Kalil (shoul­der) and de­fen­sive end Mario Ad­di­son (foot). They signed de­fen­sive end Ryan De­laire (Tow­son) from the in­jured re­servere­turn list. Watkins re­turns: Bills wide re­ceiver Sammy Watkins will make his long-awaited re­turn Sun­day against the Jaguars.

The Bills’ top wide­out has missed the last two months af­ter ag­gra­vat­ing a left foot in­jury, and was placed on in­jured re­serve in Week 3.

He re­turned to prac­tice Wed­nes­day and made it through the week with­out any set­backs.

Watkins is ex­pected to be eased back into the lineup be­cause of a lack of con­di­tion­ing. Ex­tra points: Red­skins TE Jor­dan Reed suf­fered a Grade 3 sep­a­ra­tion of his left shoul­der dur­ing the Red­skins’ loss to the Cow­boys on Thurs­day, but there’s still un­cer­tainty over whether he’ll have to miss any time. ... Saints S Vonn Bell and S Kenny Vac­caro were fined $9,115 for their pe­nal­ized hits against the Pan­thers. ... Ben­gals LB Von­taze Bur­fict and Sea­hawks WR Doug Bald­win were fined $12,154 for un­sports­man­like con­duct af­ter the play­ers raised mid­dle fin­gers in sep­a­rate games, ESPN re­ported.

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