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Patriots add Tom Brady to injury report

Tom Brady (12) and his teammates hope to have a leg up on the Dolphins, who visit Gillette Stadium on Sunday.
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Tom Brady (12) and his teammates hope to have a leg up on the Dolphins, who visit Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

FOXBOROUGH — One day after the Dolphins added their starting quarterback to the injury report with a shoulder injury, the Patriots did the same.

Yes, that means Tom Brady is on the injury report for the first time this season.

Brady was limited in practice Thursday, as was Ryan Tannehill for Miami, which visits Gillette Stadium Sunday for the first of two regular-season meetings with the Patriots.


It’s the first time this season that Brady has been on the injury list, but isn’t necessarily cause for concern. In seasons past, he was routinely added to the injury report, almost always with a right shoulder injury. He would be designated as probable for that week’s game, and then always play.

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Brady hasn’t missed a game since the 2008 season, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener. He has started the last 71 regular-season games for the Patriots, and all seven postseason games over the past four years.

Brady was the only addition to the Patriots’ report. The same two players — defensive tackle Tommy Kelly and running back Leon Washington — missed practice, and 10 others (Brady now included) were limited. That group included receiver Danny Amendola (concussion) and cornerback Aqib Talib (hip).

Ryan apologizes

Rookie cornerback Logan Ryan acknowledged that his touchdown celebration last Sunday was inappropriate, and expressed his regrets Thursday.

“First off, I just want to apologize to all the fans and all the viewers that had to witness that — it was 100 percent not acceptable for me and this team,” said the 22-year-old New Jersey native said. “I want to put it behind me and focus on Miami and let them know it won’t happen again and that’s not who I am.”


Ryan got his first career interception against the Jets, picking off Geno Smith in the first half. He returned the pick 79 yards for a touchdown, and as he crossed the goal line, he jumped, did a half-spin, and grabbed his crotch. The move earned him a $10,000 fine from the NFL, according to multiple reports.

“I want to be held accountable for this, and I think I have a lot of football in me in the future, and I just want to make the most of it and the most of my opportunities in the future,” he said.

Smith was clearly picking on Ryan early in the game, but Ryan did not let the Jets quarterback get the better of him. With the Jets at the edge of the red zone, Smith looked to receiver David Nelson, who was covered by Ryan.

But Smith telegraphed his intentions, and Ryan stepped in front of Nelson just as the ball came, with the entire sideline open to him for the run to the end zone.

“It was a good play,” said Ryan. “It was a play where all 11 people on the field were doing their job, and it was a great call and I had the opportunity to make the play, and I did.”


A third-round draft pick out of Rutgers, Ryan has seen his snaps increase in recent weeks after Talib’s injury. Ryan served notice in the preseason of his ability to read and react, picking off Tampa Bay’s Mike Glennon in the third exhibition game.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Ryan said. “It’s been a learning experience and I have a lot to learn and a lot to grow, but I’m surrounded by great players on our team and guys in the secondary.

“[The game] slows down week by week; that starts in practice [and] I’m practicing better than I have in the past. If I practice better, I’ll play better, and then it will all continue to slow down.”

On the plus side

The Patriots have led the AFC each of the past three seasons in turnover margin and takeaways: They were plus-25 in 2010, plus-17 in 2011, and plus-28 last season. This year, they’ve forced 13 turnovers (eight interceptions, five fumble recoveries), and have committed eight. That plus-5 margin is tied for fourth in the AFC; Kansas City leads at plus-11 . . . The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will be collecting new and gently used coats at Gillette Stadium Sunday for children in need. There will be six collection bins set up outside the stadium, but donations can also be made through Sunday to the Hall at Patriot Place and the Patriot Place management office.

Shalise Manza Young of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Michael Whitmer can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.