Brady misses Patriots practice with shoulder injury

Tom Brady threw the ball 65 times against the 49ers, a career high.
Elise Amendola/Associated Press
Tom Brady threw the ball 65 times against the 49ers, a career high.

FOXBOROUGH -- Tom Brady met with the media on Wednesday morning, as is his custom during the season. He was in the locker room following Patriots practice, also not uncommon.

But for the first time since the season began, Brady did not practice, sitting out Wednesday’s workout with what the team listed as a right shoulder injury. He attempted a career-high 65 passes in Sunday’s loss to San Francisco, so it’s likely that Brady was the beneficiary of a “maintenance day,” to borrow a hockey term during the NHL lockout.

Linebacker Mike Rivera was the only other eligible player to miss practice. He left Sunday’s loss to the 49ers with an ankle injury, and did not return.


Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, who left Sunday’s game with a knee injury and did not return, was back at practice, participating in a limited role. He was one of 18 Patriots who were listed as being limited, a list that included tight end Rob Gronkowski.

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The full injury report:


Did not practice

QB Tom Brady, right shoulder


LB Mike Rivera, ankle

Limited participation

S Patrick Chung, shoulder

G Dan Connolly, back

CB Alfonzo Dennard, hamstring/knee


TE Rob Gronkowski, forearm/hip

TE Aaron Hernandez, ankle

LB Dont’a Hightower, hamstring/shoulder

DE Chandler Jones, ankle

WR Brandon Lloyd, knee

DT Kyle Love, knee

G Logan Mankins, ankle/calf

LB Jerod Mayo, elbow

OL Nick McDonald, shoulder

OT Nate Solder, abdomen

LB Brandon Spikes, knee/ankle

CB Aqib Talib, hip

OT Sebastian Vollmer, back/knee

WR Wes Welker, ankle

LB Tracy White, elbow


Did not participate

RB Rashad Jennings, concussion

FB Greg Jones, thigh

RB Maurice Jones-Drew, foot

S Drew Lowery, foot

CB Brad Meester, foot

LB Paul Posluszny, groin

WR Cecil Shorts, concussion

Limited participation

DT Tyson Alualu, calf

CB Derek Cox, hamstring

CB Rashean Mathis, groin

CB Aaron Ross, calf

DE Steve Selvie, concussion