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Tom Brady sits out Patriots practice Wednesday

FOXBOROUGH -- Tom Brady met with the media on Wednesday morning, as is his weekly custom during the season. He was in the locker room following 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 night’s 41-34 loss to the 49ers, so it’s likely that Brady was the beneficiary of a “maintenance day,” to borrow a hockey term.

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“It was a physical game, so I think everyone’s a little bit sore from that game,” Brady said, when asked if he needed to ice his arm down after the loss.

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

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

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