FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots took the practice field Wednesday without starting quarterback Tom Brady.
Brady was absent from the portion of the practice open to the media — his first absence since returning from his Deflategate suspension nearly two months ago. Brady has played in all six games since his return, throwing 16 touchdown passes with one interception.
Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater also missed Wednesday’s practice after injuring his foot in Sunday’s win over the San Francisco 49ers.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski (chest) and wide receiver Chris Hogan (back) both practiced after sitting out Sunday’s game. Gronkowski’s presence was somewhat of a surprise, as ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported earlier in the day he’s expected to miss this weekend’s matchup with the New York Jets.
Defensive tackle Alan Branch, reportedly appealing a four-game suspension, also was present at practice.
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