FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was back on the practice field with his teammates on Thursday, and his two red gloves were back as well.
After winning the AFC title game with a piece of tape helping to protect the stitches in his thumb, Brady opted for the look he showed off during last week's practices -- and last week's press conference -- keeping both hands covered. He was listed as a limited participant in a practice session on the fields behind Gillette Stadium. He expected to have the stitches removed this week, and was optimistic that his hand would be close to back to normal soon thereafter.
Missing from the practice were Rob Gronkowski (concussion), Deatrich Wise (concussion) and Malcom Brown (foot).
There is optimism that Gronkowski will be cleared by the time the Patriots take on the Eagles in Super Bowl LII, but the NFL's concussion protocol is a multi-step process that he must navigate before he's given the thumbs-up from the team's designated physician as well as an independent neurological consultant. Indications are that Brown is also expected to be OK by the time Feb. 4 rolls around.
Devin McCourty, who is dealing with a shoulder issue, was a limited participant in practice and a new addition to the injury report.
Thursday's practice participation/injury report for Super Bowl 52:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DL Malcom Brown (foot)
TE Rob Gronkowski (concussion)
DL Deatrich Wise Jr. (concussion)
QB Tom Brady (right hand)
RB Mike Gillislee (knee)
S Devin McCourty (shoulder)
OT LaAdrian Waddle (knee)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
RB Kenjon Barner (illness)
RB Jay Ajayi (ankle)
LB Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring)
James Harrison didn't spend much time as a member of the Patriots, but during his brief tenure in New England he became a fan of Tom Brady.
Harrison, who spent 14 years with the Steelers before joining the Pats at the end of the 2017 season, talked about Brady on FOX Sports' "Undisputed." The five-time Pro Bowler admitted he wanted to hate Brady, but the Patriots QB was "the ultimate teammate and person."
"I wanted to hate this dude," Harrison said. "The whole time I'm playing in Pittsburgh I'm like, I hate Brady. Everyone's like 'oh he's such a great guy, he's such a nice guy.' We got LeGarrette [Blount] and I'm like 'what's up with Tom Brady?' He's like 'oh man he's such a great guy' and I'm like "stop lying to me."
Harrison, Skip Bayless, and Shannon Sharpe went on to talk about the TB12 Method and why Brady was so successful vs the Steelers.
Watch the full video below:
Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the national anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week.
The “Proper Anthem Conduct” section is just one sentence in a nine-page discipline document provided to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the policy who insisted on anonymity because the document is not public. It classifies anthem protests under a large list of “conduct detrimental to the club,” all of which could lead to a paid or unpaid suspension, a fine or both.
Miami’s anthem policy comes after the NFL decided in May that teams would be fined if players didn’t stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” while on the field. The league left it up to teams on how to punish players. None of the team policies have been made public.
The NFL rule forbids players from sitting or taking a knee if they are on the field or sidelines during the national anthem, but allows them to stay in the locker room if they wish. The new league rules were challenged this month in a grievance by the players union.
Patriots safety Devin McCourty was among several NFL players who criticized the new policy when it was revealed in May.
The NFL declined to comment. Team officials had no immediate comment.
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