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Brady missing from the start of practice after rough go vs. Dolphins

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Brady missing from the start of practice after rough go vs. Dolphins

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady took eight hits on Sunday, and the Dolphins seemed to get their money's worth on each. 

Those apparently took a toll on the Patriots quarterback, who told WEEI on Monday that he was "a little sore" following the game, because Brady was not present for the start of Wednesday's practice at Gillette Stadium. Brady also missed the first practice of the week last week with an Achilles injury. He was removed from the injury report by week's end and was a full-go for the Dolphins game. 

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Joining Brady as absentees at the fully-padded session Wednesday were Marcus Cannon and LaAdrian Waddle. Cannon has not practiced since leaving a Week 8 contest against the Chargers with an ankle injury. Waddle left Sunday's game with an ankle issue and was not sure of the extent of the injury before leaving the locker room Sunday night. 

Both Chris Hogan and Trevor Reilly were not on the practice fields for the early portion of practice, but as media members were leaving the availability period behind Gillette Stadium, Reilly and Hogan emerged from the tunnel and walked toward the field with helmets in hand. We'll see on the injury report released later today whether or not they were practice participants. 

David Andrews returned to practice for the first time since working out at the Air Force Academy two weeks ago. He came down with an illness in Colorado and missed games against the Raiders and Dolphins. 

Trey Flowers and Kyle Van Noy, both of whom left Sunday's game with injuries in the second half, were back at practice Wednesday. Flowers said after the game that he felt OK. 

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Is Tom Brady the GOAT? Jets legend Joe Namath believes so

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Is Tom Brady the GOAT? Jets legend Joe Namath believes so

It's universally understood in New England that Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback to ever. He's won more Super Bowls than any player ever and is in the NFL's top five in career passing yards, touchdowns and passer rating. 

Still, some around the country — perhaps those with personal vendettas against Brady and the Patriots — refuse to hand the GOAT status to TB12. Recently, NBC Sports' Chris Simms ranked Brady ninth among active quarterbacks heading into the 2019 season. 

But one legendary quarterback, Joe Namath, is with New England — and on the right side of history. During an appearance on Howard Stern's radio show on Monday, Namath unequivocally called Brady the best to ever lace up football cleats. 

"Tom is the best," Namath said. "I've been asked that question for many years. Johnny (Unitas) was great, Otto Graham, 'Slingin' Sammy Baugh, I'll go back. But meantime, Tom has been challenged, more in recent history, certainly, with more huge games than anyone I can remember."

Namath makes a good point. Brady has thrown the most touchdown passes (28 more than second place Joe Montana), has the most passing yards and has led the most fourth quarter comebacks (9) in NFL playoff history. He's also 6-3 in Super Bowls.

Namath famously won Super Bowl III after guaranteeing a victory and will always be a legend in the Big Apple, but New Yorkers might not be too happy with Namath now after he anointed their rival the GOAT.

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Former Bengal, Patriot Marquis Flowers opens up on the 'We're on to Cincinnati' game

Former Bengal, Patriot Marquis Flowers opens up on the 'We're on to Cincinnati' game

The New England Patriots weren't exactly in a great spot heading into Week 5 of the 2014 NFL season. The team was only 2-2 and was coming off a crushing 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.

In that game, Tom Brady didn't look like his usual self. He had two picks, just 159 passing yards, and one touchdown pass that came when the team was already down 27-0. He was replaced late by Jimmy Garoppolo, who looked solid on the field. That led some to wonder if the Patriots dynasty was coming to an end.

Famously, after the game, Bill Belichick answered every question posed about the game with one simple response. "We're on to Cincinnati." The press conference went viral and put a spotlight on the Patriots' Sunday night clash with the Cincinnati Bengals.

That game ended up defining the season. The Patriots bounced back by smashing the Bengals by a final score of 43-17. Brady looked as strong as ever, and that was the first step for the Patriots to get back onto the Super Bowl path.

At least, that's how former Bengals linebacker Marquis Flowers remembers it. On Twitter, Flowers shared a brief memory of the game, including what his then-defensive coordinator said.

So, yeah. Clearly that type of hype up didn't work, especially since the Patriots were so desperate for a win at the time. And the "demise of the Patriots" storyline was clearly overblown considering that they've won three Super Bowls and appeared in a fourth since that game.

The D-coordinator's words and the headlines of the time make this an amusing anecdote that just makes the whole event that much better for the Patriots, in retrospect.

That said, It's easy to see why Flowers was able to laugh this off. Flowers was a part of the Patriots in 2017, so he has seen both sides of the "We're on to Cincinnati" game. Flowers likely enjoyed his time in New England, as he logged 30 tackles and 3.5 sacks in his best NFL season to date. He also got to play in the Super Bowl (although the Patriots fell in that game to the Philadelphia Eagles).

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