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Tom Brady downplays missed practice

FOXBOROUGH -- Tom Brady, who missed Wednesday’s practice with what the Patriots termed a sore left shoulder, said that he would be on the field for today’s practice.

“I’ll be out there today,” Brady said. “You don’t have to worry about that.”

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Brady followed through on his promise, as the Patriots had all 53 players on the field for the portion of practice open to reporters today.

Brady was the only player to miss Wednesday’s practice, but seemed to downplay its significance when asked about the absence.

“It’s not the first practice I’ve missed,” Brady said. “I just missed practice. I’m just trying to find ways to get myself prepared to play. We’re facing a great team, certainly the best team we’ve faced all year, so I think everyone needs to be at full strength.”

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Brady was quick to mention that despite his not being on the practice field Wednesday, he was preparing in other ways. He met with reporters Wednesday morning, and was seen in the locker room before practice.

“There’s things that you do. There’s film sessions, meetings with coaches, walkthroughs, and things like that where you can take a lot of mental reps also,” he said. “You still use all that time wisely. You just don’t lounge around and take a nap. You just put in extra work and make sure that you’re getting prepared.

“Ultimately, you have to go out there and practice and execute at full speed so you know how things look. If you’re not able to do that that particular day, then you do other things – mental reps, they call them.”

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