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Tom Brady back with Patriots on Thursday

Tom Brady returned to Gillette Stadium with his Patriots teammates Thursday, a day after missing practice with an illness.

The quarterback looked perfectly normal in the brief practice period open to reporters, running and stretching with his teammates, then throwing short passes.

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“Doing very well,” Brady said at an early afternoon news conference. “Good to be out there with the guys, and had a good day of practice, so getting back on track.”

He would not disclose the nature of his ailment.

“The injury report, didn’t that come out?” Brady responded when asked why he missed practice Wednesday.

Asked if he had the flu, Brady shook his head and said, “It was nothing. I feel great. Nothing at all.”

When the Patriots released their injury report later on Thursday, Brady was not on it — either for his illness or his right shoulder.

Brady said he was not concerned about missing a day of preparation for Sunday’s AFC Championship vs. the Broncos.

“Well, we’ve been at it for a while now, so there’s days when I miss days of practice and you just deal with them,” he said. “I’ve played a lot of football over the whole season, and I got back out there today and it felt good.”

Long snapper Danny Aiken, who also was out Wednesday because of illness, was back as well, and participated in the start of practice.

The Patriots, who had perfect attendance at Thursday’s workout, were in sweats and shells, working on one of the grass practice fields behind Gillette Stadium.

Shalise Manza Young and Michael Whitmer contributed to this report.
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