Tom Brady Will Practice Thursday, Says ‘Everybody Needs to Be at Full Strength’

FOXBORO, Mass. — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Thursday morning that he'll return to practice in the afternoon.

Brady missed Wednesday's session due to a left shoulder injury. He said he spent the time "wisely" by putting in extra work on the Ravens and getting treatment.

"You just try to do other things to get yourself ready to go, catch up on the film work, get some extra treatment and so forth," Brady said. "It's just a matter of, ultimately, we're trying to be as prepared as we can for Sunday. I'm certainly going to be as prepared as I possibly can be."

It was the sixth practice Brady has missed this season, but four absences came during the Patriots' two bye weeks. It was the second practice he missed during a game week (Wednesday of Week 17).

"It's not the first practice I've missed over the years," Brady said. "Coming off a game on Saturday or Sunday, and you're just doing everything you can to be prepared. When coach feels it's best that you do other things to get yourself ready, that's what you do. You still use all that time very wisely. You just don't go lounging around taking a nap or anything like that. You just put in extra work and making sure you're getting prepared.

"We're facing a great team, great challenges, certainly the best team we've faced all year. So I think everyone needs to be at full strength because it's going to be a very tough, physical, hardnosed game. We need everybody at full strength."

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