FOXBOROUGH — The only player not spotted at Patriots practice Thursday is arguably the team’s most important. Quarterback Tom Brady did not participate, and one day after not being included on the team-issued injury report, he was listed with a calf injury on Thursday.
While rare, it’s not unprecedented for Brady to miss a practice. The Patriots are scheduled to open their season Sunday at Miami.
The Patriots have only one other quarterback on the active roster in rookie Jimmy Garoppolo. McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who had been released from the practice squad Wednesday, was re-signed Thursday morning. So at least the Patriots could practice Thursday with two quarterbacks: Garoppolo would be expected to handle the offensive preparation, while Bethel-Thompson would likely run the scout team against the defense.
Long snapper Danny Aiken, who was among the final roster cuts Sunday, has also been re-signed, and was practicing with the team Thursday. Since Aiken’s release, there had been no other long snapper on the active roster.
Four other Patriots were listed as having limited participation in Thursday’s practice: TE Rob Gronkowski (knee), DL Michael Buchanan (ankle), DT Chris Jones (ankle) and DL Sealver Siliga (hand).Michael Whitmer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.