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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.