FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady was excused from Patriots activities Sunday and practice Monday, according to CSNNE.com.
According to the report, the absences are not injury related. The news comes on the heels of reports that Brady cut his hand with a pair of scissors Thursday night before the exhibition game against the Bears, forcing him out of the lineup.
Brady’s agent, Don Yee, did confirm to the Globe on Thursday that “an accident occurred and Tom will be OK in time.’’
Brady missed the first exhibition game to attend a memorial service for a family member.
Veteran defensive end Rob Ninkovich acknowledged Sunday that it’s “been really hard” dealing with the torn triceps he suffered during the first joint practice with the Saints two weeks ago.
He surprised many by returning to practice just days after the incident but has been relegated to conditioning work.
“I’m just working as hard as I can, rehabbing, trying to get back as soon as I can,’’ said Ninkovich, who declined to give a timetable for his return. “I’m going to continue to work hard and see how I feel.’’
Ninkovich, who had injury issues his first couple of seasons, has been an ironman of late for the Patriots, starting every game the last five seasons. He has played in 102 straight games overall.
“I haven’t had to deal with anything like this in a long time,’’ said the 11-year veteran. “I’m trying to work as hard as I can [and] do the only thing I know how to do — work hard to get back.’’
Ninkovich wasn’t the only player working his way back from injury spotted in the locker room Sunday. Defensive end Jabaal Sheard and linebacker Shea McClellin, both of whom missed the last week of camp and the Bears game with undisclosed ailments, were on hand.
Additionally, receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who dislocated his left elbow against the Saints, and Danny Amendola, who had offseason knee and ankle surgeries, were also in the room.
Mitchell has returned to practice on a limited basis, while Amendola has yet to practice.
The Patriots released Cedric Thompson, according to DEC Management, which represents the safety. Thompson signed with New England in January after being released by Miami, which drafted him in the fifth round in 2015. Thompson was buried on a depth chart behind Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Jordan Richards, Nate Ebner, Brandon King, and Vinnie Sunseri.