BOSTON (CBS) – Usually in Week 17 of the NFL season, no player is 100-percent when it comes to their health.
But when that player is Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, there is a little more concern with any bump or bruise.
Early Thursday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Brady would miss his second day of practice. While Brady was present for the beginning of practice for some light stretching, he will not participate. Having Brady there in the beginning allows New England to list him as “limited” on the practice report.
This all comes after Brady had left shoulder x-rayed after Saturday’s 27-24 win over the Dolphins. Doctors told Brady he was “all-set” after the exam, according to CSNNE’s Tom Curran. He hurt his shoulder on a run during the Dolphins game, but remained in the game.
He did not practice on Wednesday for what was listed as a non-injury related reason.
Brady’s absences are being viewed as just a precautionary move, and he is expected to suit up Sunday when the Patriots close out the season against the Buffalo Bills.
The Pats QB was hit a season-high eight times behind the line of scrimmage and sacked four times on Saturday.
If there is any good news, the injury is on Brady’s non-throwing shoulder. He didn’t seem to be affected by it on Sunday, completing 20 of his 27 passes for 217 yards in the second half.
If New England can get out to a lead early against Buffalo, look for Brady to take a seat instead of gunning for (now) Drew Brees’ NFL record for passing yards in a season. New England will have a week off between the end of their regular season and first playoff game, giving Brady and his shoulder two weeks to rest and get better.