FOXBORO – Tom Brady will not be at practice Sunday or Monday. Both absences are excused and are not injury-related, according to a source.
A reason wasn’t given for his absence.
Brady missed Friday night’s preseason game against the Bears when he sliced his right thumb with a pair of scissors while doing some cleat maintenance. Brady was also unavailable for the first preseason game against the Saints. He was attending a memorial service that night.
While the spate of absences is obviously unusual Brady’s 2016 is unusual. Thanks to his four-game suspension, he will not play in a regular season game until Week 5 in Cleveland. The Patriots play at Carolina on Thursday. Brady is expected to be back with the team to practice in preparation for that.
Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.
Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.
The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.
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Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment.
Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".
Click here to listen and see how he did.