‘Great sign’ as Tom Brady returns to Patriots ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Charles Krupa/Associated Press Thursday’s Patriots practice was heavily anticipated, as fans wanted to see if Tom Brady would take the field. He did. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff It wasn’t an intense session, though, with many drills done at half-speed as players prepared for Friday’s preseason game against Tampa Bay. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff During the practice session, Brady (right) huddled up with backup quarterback Ryan Mallett (left) and injured tight end Rob Gronkowski. Stew Milne/Associated Press Brady did wear a brace on his left knee, which was injured during incidental contact in Wednesday’s workouts. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff After practice, Brady relaxed with his wife, Gisele Bundchen, and his sons Benjamin (center) and Jack.