BOSTON (CBS) – New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is nursing a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder, according to a report.

NFL Network’s Bert Breer, a frequent guest on 98.5 The Sports Hub, is reporting Brady sprained his acromioclavicular joint during the Patriots 27-24 win over the Dolphins on Christmas Eve, and has been on a set schedule to ensure the shoulder heals properly.

Brady was held out of practice on Wednesday, part of the rest regimen to prevent any further inflammation to the shoulder.  While Brady has missed days of practice during the week leading up to games, he has not missed any game time because of the injury.

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One source told Breer that Brady’s condition has gradually improved.

The sprain normally takes a six-week process to return to full strength.

New England hosts the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Championship game.

Read: Levan Reid’s Patriots Blog

Tune in to the AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens Sunday, January 22 at 3pm on 98.5 The Sports Hub and WBZ-TV. Pregame coverage begins with a special two-hour Patriots GameDay on WBZ at 11:00am, with Patriots Preview beginning at noon on the Hub!

Comments (5)
  1. mtazman says:

    Mine still has not healed since I went over my bicycle’s handlebars, rolled and slammed my left shoulder into the grass on May 19, 2011. They call it a sprain, but you can do some real ligament damage, rupture the AC joint and get clavicle bone banging against the acrominon bone CLICKETY CLACK. Think of the AC joint as being similar to the meniscus in your knee joint. Once you blow it out, it is never the same. Brady’s saving grace is that he throws righty.

  2. Mike in Baltimore says:

    T Sizzle is going to rip that shoulder off on Sunday!

  3. Julie the Jarhead says:

    BB pulls this BS before every game.

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